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the name 'krishnamacharya'

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Tue Sep 04 2001 - 11:16:54 PDT

I received the following interesting note from
Dr.T.C.A.Srinivasaramanujan (tcasr@yahoo.com):

In the latest issue of Saptagiri[August 2001], a 
journal of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, there is 
an article in Tamil by Sri T.A.Krishnamacharya on 
PeriyavachanPillai. The name of the Acharya is 
shown to be translation of Sanskrit word 
'Mahacharya", a synonym of Lord Krishna. As 
revealor of Srimad Bhagawat Gita, He gets  this 
name, says the author. In corrupted form, it 
becomes 'Macharya', in which form it appears in 
the name, Krishnamacharya. The author says unlike 
other names, Raghavacharya, Varadacharya, 
Rangacharya, Krishnamacharya is the only name 
which has the joining word'Ma' between the basic 
name or "Christian" name[Krishna] and 
surname[Acharya]. The author provides an 
innovative interpretation of Perivachan Pillai, 
who is the only saint to have written commentary 
on Divya Prabandham[though all his works are not 
extant]
People who do not know that Mahacharya is one of 
the names of Lord Krishna and who are not aware of 
the etymology of the word Krishnamacharya may be 
commended to read the aricle by Sri 
T.A.Krishnamacharya. The journal is available from 
Editor, Sapthagiri, T.T.D., Tirupati-517 
507[India],TTD's Website: www.tiumala.org & www. 
tirupati.org


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