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Mancherial: Both reading and decoding scriptures of Hindu religion is a daunting task. Authoring books on certain unfocused topics of the sacred text for the benefit of scholars and priests is fraught with both criticism and appreciation. In order to accomplish the job, one has to own both consciousness and maturity. Appala Shyampraneeth Sharma, a scholar of Achchalapur Sri Mahadeva Veda Patashala, embarked upon the gigantic mission when he was barely 25.

To his credit, Shyampraneeth has published five books as of now. His works include Sri Shivaparvathi Kalyana Mahotsavam (2008), Ashwalayana Apasthambeeya Upaakarmaprayogam (2010), Godavari Pushkara Prayogam (2015), Krishna Puskhara Prayogam (2016) and Jathaka Kalanidhi (2017). These were critically acclaimed by saints, seers and pontiffs of various Peethams and Vedic scholars.

A native of Achchalapur in Thandur mandal, Sharma had earned ‘Kramantham’ — an honour for reading a scripture for a period of 12 years — by successfully studying the Yajurvedam, one of the four scriptures of Hindu religion, from a Veda Patashala. Simultaneously, he pursued BA through distance mode as well. He is now regarded as one of eminent scholars of this region. At present, he is a teacher of the institution who disseminates knowledge of the scripture to pupils in the 65-year-old establishment.

With the goal to bring out some important topics yet unheard of in Yajurvedam, Sharma penned the five books. Sri Shivaparvathi Kalyana Mahotsavam is a handbook for priests on solemnising the wedding of lord Shiva and Parvathi and Ashwalayana Apasthambeeya Upaakarmaprayogam describes certain rituals to be performed on Rakhi Pournami. The remaining two books explain rituals performed while taking a holy dip in Godavari and Krishna rivers, respectively. His final work illustrates Jathakams, and serves as an encyclopedia on astrology.

In addition to these works, Sharma has contributed over 100 articles to reputed spiritual magazines published from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He won accolades for rendering commentary on DD Sapthagiri channel during Krishna Pushkaralu. He was felicitated by Mysore Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamy, management of Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam, Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devalayam of Basar and Bhavatarangini, a cultural organisation of Machilipatnam for his matchless contributions to promote the ancient learning.

“All I wanted to do was to make the knowledge, which was not explored so far, available to priests and scholars. Also, bringing out certain ancient texts to limelight is my ambition. Some more books would soon be published. For this, my family members extended enormous support. My teacher Manohara Sharma’s encouragement enabled me to author these five books,” Sharma told this reporter.

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