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Jagadguru Rambhadracharya

Jagadguru Rambhadracharya delivering a sermon on 25 October 2009 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya,([जगद्गुरुरामानन्दाचार्यस्वामिरामभद्राचार्यः] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help), Sanskrit pronunciation: [ɟəɡəd̪ɡuru-raːmaːnənd̪aːcaːrjə-sʋaːmi-rɑːməbʱəd̪rɑːcɑːrjəɦ]; [जगद्गुरु रामानन्दाचार्य स्वामी रामभद्राचार्य] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help), Hindi pronunciation: [ɟəɡəd̪ɡuru raːmaːnənd̪aːcaːrjə sʋaːmiː rɑːmbʱəd̪rɑːcɑːrjə]; IAST: Jagadguru Rāmānandācārya Svāmī Rāmabhadrācārya), born 14 January 1950 as Giridhar Mishra, is a Hindu religious leader, educationist, Sanskrit scholar, polyglot, poet, author, commentator, philosopher, composer, singer, playwright and Katha artist based in Chitrakoot, India. He is one of four incumbent Jagadguru Ramanandacharya, and has held this title since 1988.

Rambhadracharya is the establisher and head of Tulsi Peeth, a religious and social service institution named after saint Tulsidas, located in Chitrakoot. He is the founder and lifelong chancellor of the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University in Chitrakoot, which offers graduate and postgraduate courses exclusively to four types of disabled students. Rambhadracharya has been blind since the age of two months. He has never used Braille or any other aid to learn or compose.

Rambhadracharya can speak 22 languages, is a spontaneous poet, and writer in Sanskrit, Hindi, Awadhi, Maithili, and several other languages. He has composed more than 90 works, including four epic poems, two each in Sanskrit and Hindi. a Hindi commentary on Tulsidas' Ramcharitmanas, a Sanskrit commentary in prose on the Ashtadhyayi, and Sanskrit commentaries on the Prasthanatrayi scriptures. He is regarded as one of the greatest authorities on Tulsidas in India, and is the editor of a critical edition of the Ramcharitmanas. He is Katha artist for the Ramayana and the Bhagavata. His Katha programmes are held regularly in different cities in India and other countries, and are telecast on television channels like Sanskar TV and Sanatan TV.

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Bhṛṅgadūtam (2004), literally The bumblebee messenger, is a Sanskrit minor poem (Khaṇḍakāvya) of the Dūtakāvya (messenger-poem) genre composed by Jagadguru Rāmabhadrācārya (1950-). The poem consists of 501 verses in the Mandakrāntā metre divided in two parts. Set in the context of the Kiṣkindhākāṇḍa of Rāmāyaṇa, the poem describes the message sent via a bumblebee by Rāma, spending the four months of the rainy season on the Pravarṣaṇa mountain in Kiṣkindhā, to Sītā, held captive by Rāvaṇa in Laṅkā.

A copy of the poem, with the Guñjana Hindi commentary by the poet himself, was published by the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University, Chitrakuta, Uttar Pradesh. The book was released on August 30, 2004.

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Jagadguru Ramabhadracharya garlanding the statue of Tulasidas
Credit: Nityanand Misra
Jagadguru Ramabhadracharya garlanding the statue of Tulasīdāsa at Manas Mandira, Tulsi Peeth, Chitrakut, 25 October 2009.

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Various awards and honours have been bestowed upon Jagadguru Rambhadracharya, a Hindu religious leader, Sanskrit scholar, writer and commentator and Katha artist based in Chitrakoot, India. He has been honoured by several personalities and politicians, including A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Somnath Chatterjee, Shilendra Kumar Singh, M. Channa Reddy, P. N. Bhagwati, Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, Morari Bapu, Joseph Kurien and Indira Gandhi. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Sanskrit, the Shreevani Alankaran, the Banabhatta award and the Vachaspati award for his epic Śrībhārgavarāghavīyam. He has received eight gold medals in Shastri and Acharya examinations.

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