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Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi

Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi, better known as Vagish Shastri, is an IndianSanskrit grammarian, linguist, tantra and yogi. In 2018, Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri for his work in the field of literature & education Shastri was born in the city of Khurai, in Madhya Pradesh in 1934. His primary education was in Khurai, followed by his education in Vrindavan and Benaras. He started his teaching career as a lecturer of Sanskrit at Tikmani Sanskrit College, Varanasi in 1959 and soon he became the Director and Professor of the Research Institute at Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi in the year 1970. He served this prestigious academic post for about three decades. He received his Master degree Vyākaraņa Āchārya (1959); PhD Vidyāvāridhi in Grammar and Historical Linguistics (1964), German Diploma (1966) and D.Litt. Vāchaspati (1969) from Sampurnanand Sanskrit University. Shastri started to write essays at the age of 19. His more than 200 essays and Research papers were published in different journals nationally and internationally. He was Secretary President of one section in fifth world Sanskrit conferences. He has been chief editor of many series such as Sarasvati Bhavana Granthamala he edited more than 300 manuscripts which took form of books. He also was chief editor of famous Sanskrit journal Sarasvati Susama. He has written books on different subjects which includes grammatical and philological research work, drama, history, poetry, satire, historical research work a n d metaphysical writings His creative writing of drama, story, poetry, satire is present in his books 1. K r i ş a k ā n ā m Nāgpāshah: A drama concerned with National Awakening, Chaukhamba Vidya Bhavan, Varanasi, 1958. 2. Katha Samvartika, (Original Sanskrit Stories), Chaukhamba Vidya Bhavan, Varanasi, 1959. 3. T o l s t o y Kathasaptakam, (Translation in Sanskrit), Chaukhamba Vidya Bhavan, Varanasi, 1970. (In Sampurnanand Sanskrit University curriculum). 4. Bharat Mein Sanskrit ki Anivaryata Kyon, Choukhamba Vidya Bhavan, Varanasi, 1977. 5. Sri Ganga Stavana Chayanika, Yogic Voice Consciousness Institute, Varanasi, 1987. 6. Sri Siva Stavana Chayanika, Yogic Voice Consciousness Institute, Varanasi, 1989. 7. Narma-Saptasati : verse-satires, Education ministry, Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Academy, 1994. 8. Sanskrit Vangmaya Manthanam, Financial support by Ministry of Education.


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