Velukkudi Krishnan

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Velukkudi Krishnan, sometimes rendered Sri U. Ve. Velukkudi Krishnan Swami or Velukkudi Sri U. Ve. Krishnan Swami,[1] is a Hindu religious figure. An exponent of Vaishnavism,[2] Krishnan delivers lectures in person, distributes them on compact disc and MP3,[3] and broadcasts them on TV channels including Podhigai TV.[4] He operates the Kinchitkaram Trust, which translates, publishes, and distributes religious materials, conducts classes, and locates and maintains temples and other religious and historic sites.[3][5]

Krishnan's father, Velukkudi Varadachariar, was also noted as a Vedic scholar. Krishnan was given both a religious and a secular education, after which he went to work as a chartered accountant. After his father's death in 1991, the 28-year-old Krishnan began delivering lectures. Finding that his accounting career conflicted with his religious life, he left his job in 1996 to devote himself full-time to religious work.[3][6]

Krishnan speaks Sanskrit, Tamil, and telugu,[2] and lectures and distributes recordings in both of the latter languages.[1] He has lectured in a number of foreign countries, including the United States, Canada, the UK, Singapore, UAE Bahrain, and Oman. He lives in the temple city of Srirangam in Tamil Nadu.[3]


  1. ^ a b "New Releases". Kinchitkaram Trust. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  2. ^ a b Prema Nandakumar. "Dedicated to the cause of sanatana dharma". The Hindu. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  3. ^ a b c d Indira Kannan. "The High-Tech Guru". The Indian Express. 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  4. ^ "Programmes". DD Podhigai. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  5. ^ "Perpetuation of Sanskrit and Dravida Vedas". Kinchitkaram Trust. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  6. ^ V. Balasubramanian. "Scriptures as a way of life". The Hindu. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2013-04-11.

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