April 6, 1922
Padmanabham, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh
|Died||June 7, 2003(aged 81)|
Sriman Sribhashyam Appalacharyulu (April 6, 1922 – June 7, 2003) was a Vedic scholar, commentator and a great teacher.
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He was born to Srinivasacharyulu and Thiruvengalamma on April 6, 1922 in Padmanabham, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. His birth name was Anantha Appalacharyulu. His ancestors to the nearest forefathers had been the honourable clan of students tutored in `Sribhashyam' (commentary on the Badarayana Sutras known as `Brahma Sutras') under the able guidance of the descendants of the direct disciples of Sri Ramanuja. By teaching `Sribhashyam' since time immemorial, his ancestors had earned that title. His father had performed the uphill task of circumambulating the hill many times praying for a son and he begot him. He was equally devoted to the deity of Simhachalam known as "Appanna" and thus named his son Appalacharya.
His commentary on the Ramayana is called `Tatva Deepika'. He is inspired by the benedictional verse, Ma Nishada of Valmiki and sees Srinivasa in between the lines of that couplet. Underneath the Seven Hills he sees the `divine idea' in the seven kandas of the Ramayana. (playing on the sonic similarity of `ko' and `ka' in Telugu) He has titled his lectures as Yedukondalu-Yedukandalu. He has proved that Rama was never conscious of his divine identity unto six kandas of the epic and he had emerged as `Narayana' in the seventh kanda only — this 'Narayana Tatva' he calls the `divine idea'. The seventh hill, Narayanadri, shrouds Lord Venkateswara from behind.
He was celebrated the 1000 Purnimas (Sahasra Chandra Darsanotsavam) by Visakha people in 2003. His biography titled `Pravachana Siromani' was written by renowned litterateur Chitrakavi Aathreya and released during the celebrations. He reached the abode of Vishnu shortly after the celebrations on June 7, 2003.
Disourses in Telugu
Contributed valuable discourses on Ramayanam and Bhagavtham.
- Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005.