A book on the glory of Sri Sharadamba and the great
of Sri Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada in establishing a shrine for the Goddess at the
picturesque spot of Sringeri in the Western Ghats has been a long felt need of
This need was met with the publication in Tamil of
Sri Sharadambal Divya Charitam (The Divine History of Devi Sharadamba) in 2003 by
Kavalar Dr. K Ramamurthi, a
prolific writer in the vernacular language.
With a fund of information
from the Vedas, the Puranas and the
Itihasas, he has
presented a narrative of absorbing interest, starting with an incident in
necessitating the avatar of Goddess Sarsvati in Bhuloka, going on to the advent
of great scholars such as Kumania Bhatta, Visvarupa and Adi Sankara and
culminating in the establishment by
Adi Sankara of a shrine for her in the form of
Sharadamba at Sringeri. The book reflects the versatility and devotion of the
author, who has delved deep into the subject.
that the benefit of this publication must have a wider range and reach people
not familiar with the Tamil language. The result is a free translation of Dr.
Ramamurthi's book into English. This interesting task was undertaken
by Smt. Rukmani
retired bank official in Mumbai assisted by
Smt. Kesi Sundaram.
Smt. Rukmani Ramani, who has widely travelled in India
and abroad, has a flair for narration and a keen interest in Hindu scriptures,
through study, reflection and teaching.
Smt. Kesi Sundaram, with the benefit of residing in
Chennai in the 1950s when the city was flourishing in cultural activities and a
teaching career in a college, is also now settled in Mumbai.
This book, Sri
besides inculcating a sense of devotion
towards the Goddess of Learning, throws light on life in ancient India. With
the blessings of His Holiness Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji it is being
early in 2008. It is hoped it will inspire more and more people to visit Sringeri
and strive to attain the grace of the Goddess.
Message from the Administrator,
Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri
At Mount Kailas
On the Banks of River
In Kashmir and
On the Banks of River
Bharati in Sonapuri
Journey to Kashmir
Life in Kashmir 111
In the Mahishmati
Request for Samvada
Debate with Ubhaya
Sri Sharadamba at
Sri Sharadamba as Guru
Navaratri at Sringeri
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