Tiruvadi Temple
As lecturer of Sanskrit Literature at the Central College, Sri Chappalli Visweshwara Sastri earned the gratitude and respect of numerous students. His recitation of poetry didn’t have the sweetness of music because he didn’t have a melodious voice. But the style of his expository commentary was illuminative. He would split each word, explain its origin using examples and then drive home the intent and the feeling of the poet thereby. There’s no...
 
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Tiger's Mouth
Tiger’s Mouth Let’s now return to the marriage hall. It was a festival of five or six days. Whether he went to the marriage hall or to the temple, Sri Chappalli Visweshwara Sastri mixed with great ease and was patient with everybody. He was soft-spoken. A majority of the numerous Vidwans who met him were Madhva Brahmanas. It appears that several episodes related to our Sastras were brought up for discussion. But I couldn’t spot the Tiger’s Mouth...
 
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Sometime in 1898-99, my Sanskrit Guru, Sri Kashi Raghavendracharya addressed about four or five of his disciples thus: “Hey! In four or five days from now, Sri Chappalli Visweshwara Sastri will come to town for his son’s wedding. He’s coming from Bangalore. He’s a towering Vidwan. Behave yourself! Don’t do mischief in his presence! Beware! If any matter relating to our Sastras comes up for debate in either the Temple or in the wedding hall, none...
 
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