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Sri Agnihothram Thathachariar

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Tue Nov 10 1998 - 04:29:40 PST

Dear Sri Sudarsan Parthasarathy :
What a coincidence ! Sri AgnihOthram 
RaamAnuja Tatachar is very much alive .
I offered my praNamams to him on October 16 
at his home in West Mambalam .
He is the Acharyan for my sister and knows our family for 
number of decades.
He is one of the rarest AchAryas , who has 
strived all hislife for Vedams and their 
intrepretation .He just released a book 
on Hindu Marriage ceremony(Vedic part)
 and gave the first copy to my sister to pass it on to me.
He has so many manuscripts that need 
publishing on Yajnams and our Vedic lore .
He can not see very well anymore to write.
There is the lady , possibly the one referred to 
who comes every day and takes dictation 
to capture the enormous wisdom and record 
them for future . He is no longer able 
to travel due to surgery from diabetes.
He is one of the very rare scholars ,
whom you would cherish knowing and 
calling him your AchArya and support 
some of his service to Sri ViashNavism
and Hinduism and its Vedic roots . 
You have to hurry up though , if you
wish to have sambhandham with thsi AchArya .
As you know, Agnihothram Swami belongs to
the Thirukkudanthai TatachArs , who
originally came from Kanchi ( Koti KannikAdhAnam
TatachAr Vamsam ). They are great performers of
Yajnam .  

My sister lives in the street next to him
and can help as needed to introduce you .
Best wishes ,

>From: "Mohan Sagar" <>
>Subject: Sri Agnihothram Thathachariar
>Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 21:42:38 -0700
>> From: Sudarsan Parthasarathy.S <sudarsan@ezmsgp.HL.Siemens.DE>
>> To: Mohan Sagar <>
>> Subject: Re: About Seetha Mata
>> Date: Monday, November 02, 1998 3:04 AM
>> ...In the middle you had made a mention about Sri.Agnihotram Ramaanuja
>> Thaathachariar.  This Maha Purushar happens to be my Dad's Acharya and I
>> have little or no knowledge about him.  I would like to know about this
>> Acharya, in case you know something about him.  
>> The reason being, I have not yet had my Samasrayanam and am looking for
>> an 'Acharya' whom I would surrender completely.  In this regard my
>> search is open and am not limited to default lineages well established
>> in the form of 'Sri Andavan Asramam(Periya/Poundarikapuram)', Sri
>> Ahobila Madam , Sri Parakaala Madam etc.
>> Thanks a million.
>> Adiyen,
>> Sudarsan
>Dear Sri Sudarshan,
>I am bringing your request for information on the noted AchAryan, Sri
>Agnihothram Ramanuja ThathachArya, to the attention of our fellow Bhakti
>members, as I am sure that the more erudite in our group will be better
>able to direct you properly in this matter.
>This morning, I spoke with Dr. Robert Lester, Professor Emeritus of
>Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, who, as I mentioned in the
>above mentioned posting, is a sishyan of Sri Agnihothram.  I regret to
>inform you that this noted AchAryan passed away last year, and as far as
>Dr. Lester knows, could not appoint a successor among his family to take on
>the responsibility of his AchArya-sishya paramparai.  Among his three sons,
>only two are still living, and neither is interested in spiritual pursuits.
> However, it may be possible that Sri Agnihothram may have a sishyan who
>may have taken on this important role, but Dr. Lester is not certain about
>He suggests that you contact one Dr. Janaki at the Kuppuswamy Sastri
>Research Institute in Chennai.  She is not a SriVaishnava but was very much
>connected to Sri Agnihothram and his sishyas.  If there is a new AchAryan
>in this paramparai, she may be able to help you contact him.
>Can someone in this forum assist us further??