Rishi Samman

As part of Shri Shankar Shikshayatan’s vision to encourage and uphold exceptional contribution made towards Vedic studies, the following personalities have been honoured with Rishi Samman.


Acharya Manu Dev Bhattacharya

Rishi Samman for 2023 was conferred on Acharya Manu Dev Bhattacharya. Acharya Bhattacharya was the former head of Department of Vyakaran, Sampoornanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi. He passed away in 2020.

Acharya Manudeva Bhattacharya (1949-2020) was a renowned expert on vyakaran-shastra (grammar) and famous poet in Sanskrit. He dedicated his entire life to the study, exploration and propagation of Sanskrit.

He was born in the village famous for Sanskrit pundits in West Bengal, Bhattapara, on June 28, 1949.His father, Pashupati Bhattacharya, a pious and seeker of knowledge, became his first teacher. His academic journey took him to the well-known Sanskrit centre, Sampoornanda Sanskrit University, Varanasi. He became famous as a acharya in the department of grammer in the university. He was well known for his contributions at Benares Hindu University. In his long career of 40 years, Acharya Bhattacharya oversaw the dissertation of over 20 doctoral students. His writings on grammar were published in journals in India and abroad. He has written extensively on vyakaran-darshan, mahakavya (great epic),khanda-kavya and theatre. His works include Vishudhavaibhavam Mahakavyam, Vaishnavavaibhava-mahakavyam, Ramakrishnacharitamritam, Panditarajavaibhavam and Raghunathavaibhavam among others. He has been conferred several honours for his contribution to Vedic literature. The Rishi Samman commendation certificate.


Prof. Kapil Kapoor

Well-known linguist and scholar, Prof Kapil Kapoor was bestowed with Rishi Samman during the Pandit Motilal Shastri memorial lecture held in New Delhi on September 28,2022.

Prof. Kapoor is a former Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English (from 1996) and was designated as Concurrent Professor, Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2000 (the only Concurrent Professor at JNU). He has been the Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, 1996–1999, rector (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) of JNU, 1999–2002. (Retired from JNU in 2005.), Editor-in-Chief of the 11-Volume Encyclopaedia of Hinduism (sponsored by Parmarth Niketan / India Heritage Research Foundation, USA) published in January 2012. Please read the commendation.


Prof. Revaprasad Dwivedi

Renowned poet, playwright and scholar of veda shastras, prof. Revaprasad Dwivedi was honoured with Rishi Samman on January 09, 2022, by Shri Shankar Shikshayatan. Please read the commendation.


Prof. Ganeshi Lal Suthar

Shri Shankar Shikshayatan was honoured to present Rishi Samman 2021 to well-known Vedic scholar, Prof. Ganeshi Lal Suthar on August 28, 2021. Prof. Suthar was the first director of Pandit Madhusudan Ojha Shodh Prakosht, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur (Rajasthan). He has to his credit 19 publications and several more edited volumes on the works of Pandit Madhusudan Ojha. Please read the commendation.


Dr Mullaivasal R. Krishnamurthi Sastrigal

Dr Mullaivasal R. Krishnamurthi Sastrigal was honoured with Rishi Samman on December 25, 2021.  Shri Shankar Shikshyatan honours Sanskrit and Vedic acharyas who had dedicated their life to the study and propogation of Veda and Sanskrit. Please read the commendation.


Dr Pushpa Dixit

Shri Shankar Shikshayatan honoured renowned Sanskrit grammarian, Dr Pushpa Dixit, with Rishi Samman for 2020. The Shikshayatan has been presenting Rishi Samman to scholars who have dedicated their life in the promotion of Sanskrit. Speaking about her work, Dr Jwant Kumar Shastri said Acharya Dixit, with her profound knowledge and love, had made Panini’s grammar popular among a wide circle of scholars and students.Her work, Mahasandhi, has crafted a new path of learning and understanding Sanskrit. Acharya Dixit was felicitated by well-known Sanskrit poet, Rewaprasad Dwivedi. Dr Mani Shankar Dwivedi read our the testimonial honouring Acharya Dixit. In her acceptance speech, Acharya Dixit said the award honoured Bhagwan Panini. She then presented a meaningful and inspiring essay on Sanskrit grammar. Please read the commendation


Acharya Govind Prasad Sharma

Acharya Govind Prasad Sharma is a well-known scholar of grammar, Vedanta and dharma- shastra. He has dedicated his life to the study of the Vedas and has edited and written books and magazines on various themes related to the Vedas. He runs a Sanskrit gurukul (residential school) where over 400 students get free education, boarding and lodging. He has been awarded with Sanskrit Seva Samman, Panini Samman and Vidhyasagar Samman for his contribution. Please read the commendation.


Acharya Ramyatna Shukla

Acharya Ramyatna Shukla is one of the notable scholars of Sanskrit grammar today. Varanasi, where he was born in 1932, has been karmabhoomi ( place of action). His famous works include Sankhya darshan mein Srishti Prakriya (The Process of Creation in Sankhya philosophy). He has been honoured with several awards, prominent among them being the President’s Honour Panini Samman and Karpatra Ratna award.

Please read the commendation

Acharya Shivdutt Sharma Chaturvedi

Acharya Shivdutt Sharma Chaturvedi is a well-known scholar of Veda vijnana. He is well versed in the works of Pandit Madhusudan Ojha and Pandit Motilal Shastri. He has translated Ojhaji’s Sharirikabhashyam and Vijnanavidyut. Born in 1934, he has been associated with Benaras Hindu University. He has been honoured with President’s Honours, Magh Samman and Kalidasa Puraskar

Acharya Narendra Nath Pandey

Born in 1950, Acharya Narendra Nath Pandey had his early learning from his father, Pandit Raghunath Sharma, a famous grammarian. He is a scholar of grammar, philosophy and other disciplines of Vedic knowledge. He has been associated with Sampurnanada Sanskrit University. His well-known books are Ramanandavedantadarsha and Vakyapadiyapatbedh nirnaya.

Acharya Badri Prasad Shastri

Acharya Badri Prasad Shastri is a renowned Vedic scholar from Rajasthan. Born into an illustrious family of scholars in 1919, Shastriji imbibed the Vedic knowledge from well-known teachers in Jaipur and Varanasi. He has been honoured with Rashtrapati Samman (President’s Honour) in 2009 besides several state awards. His famous Sanskrit poem, Manjunathiyakavyam was given the Magh Samman in 1997. Please read the commendation

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