Vidyalankara Sastra-Chudamani, Sangita-Kalaratna Professor Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao is a
well-known scholar who combines traditional learningwith modern research.Well versed in Sanskrit,
Pali, Ardhamagadhi and several modern Indian Languages and acquainted with Tobetan and some European
languages, ghe has written extensively on Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism, Indian culture, art and
In his professional career, however, he was a Professor of psychology. He has headed the department of
Clinical Pschology in the National institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, and the
Department of Indian Culture in the Callison College Study Centre of the University of the Pacific
(USA). At present, he is one the visiting Faculty of National Institute of advanced Studies
( Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore.
He has been Member of the Karnataka State Lalith Kala Academi and Sangit Nritya Academi: he
has been member of the Karnataka StateLalith Kala Academi and SangitNritya Academi he has
servedon the agama Board ( State Govverhment). He is President of Silpa-Kala Pratishthana.
The State Government has honoured him with the 1986 Rajyotsava Award.
He has written more than fifty books in Kannada, a play in Sanskrit, and a Pali Commentary on
a Buddhist classic. One of the Books on Iconography in Kannada has won the state saitya
academi award, as also another of his books on the tirupati temple.
Among his numerous English publication are three volumes of Encylopaedia of indianMediicine,
( Poplar Prakashan, Bombay), Tibetan Tantrik Tradition and Tibetan Meditation
( Arnold Heinemann, Delhi),m Consiciousness in Advaita, and a series of six books on
Indian temples ( IBH Prakashana, Bangalore), Origins of Indian Thought (Bangalore University);
Kalpatharu Research Academy has published his Pratima-Kosha in six volumes, Agama-kosha in
twelve volumes, Art and Architecture of Indian Temples in three volumes. He was awarded D. Litt.
Honoraris Causa by the Karnatak University (2005)
He is at present engaged in the 30 volume project Rgveda-Darsana ( sixteen
volumes of which have appeared). He is also a musicologist, a sculptor and painter,
and has held some one-man shows.
The Kalpatharu Research Academy is indeed proud and happy to present
to the world of Scholars and students of Indology this volume on Rgveda-
Darsana, which is the Twelfth in the series. It marks the Hundredth
publication of the Academy, since its inception in 1981. It is well known
to the academic world that valuable contribution has been made to the
field of studies in Indian culture by these publications. The title, Bharatiya-Samskriti-Sarvasva-Kosha, has amply been justified. The present volume
constitutes the continuation of Rgarthasara, the first part of which was
brought out as the eleventh volume in the series of Rgveda-Darsana
The Academy acknowledges the deep debt of gratitude that it owes to
the munificent blessings of the revered Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Bharatitirtha-
Mahaswamiji, the chief patron of the Academy, and to the keen interest
evinced by the Chairman of the Academy, Shri V.R. Gowrishankar, the
Administrator of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham.
The' Academy is also grateful to the Authorities of the Ministry of Human
Resources Development, Govt., of India, New Delhi and the Authorities
of Ministry of Education, Govt. of Karnataka.
The Academy is also grateful to Prof. S.K. Ramachandra Rao, who has
helped in the production of this volume, and to the printers, the
Omkar Offset Printers for the neatness and promptness in production
of this volume.
This is the second part of Dinakara Bhatta's Rgeithe-ssre, the
first part of which was brought out as Eleventh volume of
Rgvede-Dsrsene series. This part continues from the mantras
numbered 100 by Dinakara and concludes the selection (201
mantras). It contains what the compiler considers the essential
import (artha-sara) of the Rgvedic corpus. Alongside
Dinakara's gloss, the main commentary of Sayana, on which
this gloss depends, is also given. Relevant notes have been
I am grateful to Dharrnadhikari, Daivajna Sri K.N. Somayaji,
Director and Chief Editor of the Kalpatharu Research Academy
for the opportunity to bring out this little-known work on
Rgveda; His Holiness Sri Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Bharathi-
tirtha .Swarniji; and to Sri V.R. Gowrishankar, the Administrator
of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham and also the Chairman of the
I acknowledge the courtesy and co-operation of Sri Venkatesh
Babu and Sri Nagendra of the Omkar Offset Printers during
the production of this volume.
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