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Vasantha Pravachanamrutham 2013

Vasantha Pravachanamrutam 2013

(A weeklong Discourse on Sri Krishnadevaraya Sharanagathi)


Sri Krishandevaraya, a great monarch and the legendary king of the 15th century is regarded as an icon by many Indians. He was no only an able administrator, but also an accomplished poet. He composed Amuktamalyada – one of the most famous poetic works in the entire Telugu literature. He was also ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, and he surrendered himself into the feet of the Lord of the Seven Hills and lavished the temple with gold, pearls and diamonds. Three of his visits were in 1513.

Commemorating 500 years of his first visit to Tirumala Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, organized a 9-day programme from 16th April to 24th April, 2013 on “Sri Krishnadevaraya Sharanagathi – Prasangamalika” at Thyagaraja Mandapam. It was a discourse on Srimad Bhagavatham and Amuktamalyada.

The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Justice N.V. Ramana and Special Invitee of the day, Padmabhushan Dr. K.I. Varaprasad Reddy, Chairman, Santha Biotechnics, Hyderabad in his welcome address, Shri C. Kailash, Associate Secretary greeted the adorers of Telugu Literature. He introduced Justice N.V. Ramana as a person from a humble background with high thinking and with a distinctive fondness for Telugu Literature.

Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, Hony. Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, presided over the function. Speaking on the occasion, he recollected that this year was the 125th Birth Anniversary of Shri K.M. Munishi, the founder of the Bhavan’s. He summoned the contributions of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Patel and Raja Gopalachari towards the moulding of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, as a seat to promote Indian culture and heritage. He said that Justice Ramana, had the privilege to work with Nani Palkiwala and Parasharan.

The speaker of the weeklong programme – a senior scholar of the Tirupati Town, Saraswathiputra, Avadhana Samrat, Dr Medasani Mohan, Director, Annamacharya Project, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati, was introduced to the gathering by Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju.

Addressing the gathering, Padmabhushan Dr. K.I. Varaprasad Reddy, Chairman, Santha Biotechnics, Hyderabad, said that Sri Krishnadevaraya is remembered as a great king even to this ay, not because of the many wars that he has won, but for his just rule with keen eye towards Dharma. He had unparalleled love for art, music and literature. He showed no nepotism towards any sect or religion. He was well known for his extreme devotion and his potent gesture of Sharanagathi at the divine feet of the Lord. He was a ruler who cared to know the basic requirements of his subjects and reacted immediately to their needs and tired to redress the grievances of his people. Dr. Varaprasad, adviced the audience to be good voters and to know what type of a ruler, they want before they elect their leader.

The Chief Guest, Justice N.V. Ramana, acting Chief Justice, Andhra Pradesh High Court, talked about the grandeur of Telugu Language. Taking cue, from Telugu Mahasabhalu, he said the people of Andhra Pradesh, should take pride in the official usage of their mother tongue, he said that even in the Judiciary and Legal system, the usage of Telugu language is being stressed in the deliverance of Court hearings, arguments and proceedings. He emphasized on the need to promote Telugu language as an official language across the state. He said that the era of Sri Krishnadevaraya was the age of prolific Telugu Literature. He said that the era of Krishnadevaraya was the age of prolific Telugu Literature. He said that next to Sri Rama Rajyam was Rayala Rajyam in terms of Dharma.

Dr Medasani Mohan said that through Sri Krishnadevaraya was Tulu by lineage, he was fluent in many languages. He patronized several poets especially the Ashta Diggaja Kavulu. As a patron of Art and Telugu Literature, he was unsurpassed in the history of Telugu language. Lord Andhra Vishnu, in all his glory appeared to the Emperor in an early morning dream, and told him to compose the story of his wedding with Andal, in Telugu and hence he composed Amuktamalyada.

Shri P.V. Krishna Reddy, Prof. P. Murali, Sri A. Satish Kumar, Dr Alladi Mohan, Shri P. Sudarsanam Raju and other Committee Members graced the occasion.

The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr Alladi Mohan.


The 9-day spiritual discourse by Dr. Medasani Mohan, Director, Annamacharya Project, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati, held from 16th April to 24th April, 2013. On the subject ‘Sri Krishnadevaraya Saranagathi’ – Prasangamalika was concluded on 24th April, 2013 at Thyagaraja Mandapam, Tirupati.

For the first seven days, the speaker – Saraswathiputra Dr Medasani Mohan focused on the significance of Srimad Bhagavatham. He dwelt the Dasavatharams of Lord Vishnu, and the objectives of each incarnation from spiritual, philosophical and social perspectives. On the last two days of the programme, he spoke about Sri Krishnadevaraya’s initiative to write Amuktamalyada, the philosophy of Vishnuchitta’s devotion and about Goda Kalyanam.

The music concert presented by the students and music teachers of the Bhavan’s enticed the devout audience, that evening. Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, our Hony. Director and Treasurer of Bhavan’s Tirupati Kendra introduced the Chief Guest of the day, Justice B.Chandra Kumar, High Court Judge, Andhra Pradesh, as an admirer of literature and spirituality. He also introduced the preceding guest Shri A.P.V.N. Sharma, IAS (Retd.) as a great scholar who also served the Government at various levels as Sub-Collector of Chandragiri and Singereni Colonies, Kothagudem, worked in the Ministry of Shipping and as a Director of Nyveli Lignite Corporation to name a few. He was also the former Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra.

Talking about the Speaker, Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju said that Dr Medasani Mohan is a part and parcel of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and that he brings about the spiritual rationalism through his discourses

Talking on the occasion, Shri A.P.V.N. Sharma said that Sri Krishnadevaraya was a very simple man and a person with passion for political charm. He was an eminent statesman and role model to Sharanagathi. Shri Sharma stated that Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan always strives to uphold Indian culture and values, and stressed on the need of such discourses which helped to inculcate spiritual awareness in the public.

The Chief Guest of the day, Justice B. Chandra Kumar said that Sri Krishnadevaraya patronized a good set of poets and writers. He also had a set of good advisors who helped him in his able administration. He left the audience spellbound with his valuable message. He said that one should pay need to elders and this valuable advices citing an example he said Dasaratha and Rama in the epic of Ramayana benefited from the advice of their elders and sages like Vasishta and Vishwamitra, while Dhrutharashtra and Duryodhana in the epic of Mahabharatha were ruined because they disobeyed the advice of their elders like Bhishma and Dhronacharya.

As part of the felicitation, Saraswathiputra Dr Medasani Mohan was honoured by Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, noted dignitaries like Shri R.V. Jagga Rao, Ravindra Babu, Shri P.V. Arunachalam, Prof. Ch. Govindaraju, Shri Thummapoodi Koteswara Rao, Shri Somu Umapathi, Shri Kuppuswamy Naidu, Shri Vibhishana Sharma and Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Rao graced the occasion and felicitated Dr Medasani Mohan amidst the staff of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and the denizens of Tirupati.



Vasanthapravachanamrutham 2013



Vasanthapravachanamrutham 2013