Rishi Samman 2021

rishi samman 2021

Dr Mullaivasal R. Krishnamurthi Sastrigal was honoured with Rishi Samman.for 2013 on December 25, 2021. 


Mahamahopadhyaya Sastrigal was born on 14 December 1944 at Mullaivasal in Tanjore District, Tamil Nadu. By the age of 13, he mastered Krishna Yajurveda under the tutelage of his father Brahmasri S. Rajagopala Ghanapatigal, who was greatly admired as Akamahatasrotriya by Paramacharya of Kanchi.

Soon after completing Vedadhyayanam, Sastrigal joined The Madras Sanskrit College, for studying Sastra and obtained Vedanta Siromani in 1964. After serving as a Sanskrit Pandit in an Oriental High School at Mettur Dam between 1966–73, he joined his alma mater as a Lecturer to teach Advaita Vedanta. In the year 1982 Sastrigal also obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Madras for his research work on Istasiddhivivaranam by Vimuktatman.

But for a brief stint (1974–76) in Tirumala Vidya Kendra, Sastrigal spent his entire academic career at the Madras Sanskrit College, from where he retired as Principal in 2003. After his retirement, Sastrigal completely dedicated himself to train students in Veda-bhashya as well as other disciplines of Sastra, from his residence, Brahmavidyabhavanam, which he keeps continuing till date.

Over the years, scores of students belonging to all the three Shakhas (Rig, Yajus & Sama) have learnt Veda-bhashyam from Sastrigal.. As a recognition of the splendid service done by Sastrigal in training several students in Sastras, he was given the coveted title Mahamahopadhyaya, by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati in 2009. Subsequently, in 2012 considering Sastrigal’s scholarship as well as the meritorious service rendered by him for the promotion of Sastra, the Sankaracarya of Kanchi honored him with the most prestigious title Sastra-ratnakara.

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Read the English report of the proceedings.




श्रीशंकर शिक्षायतन (वैदिक शोध संस्थान), नई दिल्ली द्वारा दिनांक २५ दिसम्बर २०२१ को मध्याह्न १२-१.३० के मध्य ऋषिसम्मान समारोह का समायोजन किया गया। इस समारोह में महामहोपाध्याय डॉ. कृष्णमूर्ति  शास्त्री, पूर्व प्रांशुपाल, मद्रासकलाशाला चेन्नै को वर्ष २०१३ के ऋषिसम्मान से सम्मानित किया गया । इस समारोह में विशिष्ट अतिथि के रूप में उपस्थित डॉ. मणि द्रविड, आचार्य, मद्रास संस्कृत कॉलेज, चेन्नै ने अपने उद्बोधन में कहा कि आचार्य कृष्णमूर्ति शास्त्री वेदविद्या के अनन्य समुपासक आचार्य हैं।  Read full report