Jagadguru Rambhadracharya (January 14, 1950 –), born Giridhar Mishra, is an acclaimed scholar, educationist, polyglot, composer, orator, philosopher and Hindu religious leader based in Chitrakuta, Uttar Pradesh, India. Blind himself, he is the founder and lifelong chancellor of the Jagadguru Rambhadacharya Handicapped University in Chitrakuta, which is the first university in the world to offer graduate and postgraduate courses exclusively to the four types of disabled students – visually impaired, hearing impaired, mobility impaired and mentally impaired. He can speak 22 languages, and is a spontaneous poet (Āśukavi) and composer in Sanskrit, Hindi, Awadhi, Maithili and several other languages. He cannot read or write, as he does not use the Braille system, but learns by listening and composes by dictating to scribes.
Giridhara lost his eyesight at the age of two months, after his eyes were infected by Trachoma. There were no advanced facilities for treatment in his village. He was taken to a local quack, an elderly woman who was known to cure Trachoma. She poured a hot concoction in the baby's eyes to burst the Trachoma lumps, but the eyes started bleeding and the baby lost its eyesight. To restore his eyesight, he was taken by his family to various Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Allopathic and alternate medicine physicians in other cities, but to no avail. Giridhara Mishra has been blind ever since.