Department of Vedanta

विद्यां चाविद्यां च यस्तद्वेदोभयम्  सह  ।
अविद्यया मृत्युं तीर्त्वा विद्ययामृतमश्नुते  ॥ ईशावास्योपनिषत् ॥११॥
“if a person realizes what is right knowledge and what is wrong notion, then such a person gets elevated from the misery of the world by avoiding wrong notion and will be liberated by right knowledge”

The department of Vedanta at Karnataka Samskrit University was formed in the year 2018.

The basis of the Department of Vedanta is the study of philosophical message of sages for the spiritual enlightenment of one and all. This is done through the study of classical texts of Vedanta, together with a comparative perspective between various texts.  

Courses in Vedanta are designed keeping this in mind. Students study selected portions from classical texts, such as Bhagavadgita, Upaniśads and Brahmasutras, Bhaśyas of Sri Sankaracarya, Sri Ramanujacarya and Sri Madhvacarya. Many important texts like Sarvadarśana Sangraha of Sri Vidyaranya, Pramanapaddhathi, Vedanta ḍīpa, Nyayamrutha, Advaitasiddhi and others will be taught, thereby making the student an erudite scholar in Vedanta philosophy.

Classes in Vedanta are conducted by eminent and profound scholars in Advaita, Viśiśtadvalta, Saktiviśiśtadvaita and Dvaita in Samskrit medium.

Objectives of the Department

The primary goal of the Vedanta department is to:

  • Facilitate and encourage intense research in the Vedanta shastra.
  • Encourage comparative study of oriental and western philosophy.
  • Spread the message of Vedanta far and wide.
  • Aim to develop logistics, library, e-content, technology and others for Vedanta inculcation.

Programmes Offered

Post-Graduate Programmes

  • M.A. in Vedanta
  • M.A. in Yoga-Vedanta

Under- Graduate Programmes

Short-term Courses

• Certificate Course in Kashmira Shaivism 6 Months

• Certificate Course in Advaita Vedanta 6 Months


  • PhD in Advaith Vedanta
  • PhD in Vishishtadvaita Vedanta
  • PhD in Dvaita Vedanta
  • PhD in Shakti Vishishtadvaita Vedanta

Extensional Activities

Workshops and Seminars and Conferences

  • “Ontological Status of Perceived World” National Seminar, Jointly organized by GAIIT Mysore and KSU March 2016
  • “Bhakti Parampara” National Seminar, Jointly organised by KSU and ISKCON, Bengaluru 5-6, August, 2016 “Shuklayajurveda” Jointly organised by YajnavalkyaMahasabha, Bengaluru and KSU 18-19, April 2017
  • “New Research Frontiers” International Workshop for Research Scholars, organized by KSU SamskritBharati and Sakshi, Bengaluru, 20-22.11.2017
  • National Seminar on Manuscriptology, jointly organized by PoornaprajnaSamshodhanaMandiram Bengaluru and KSU, 4-5.11.2017.
  • International Workshop on Western Philosophy Jointly organized by PoornaprajnaSamshodhana Mandiram Bengaluru and KSU, 3-7.5.2018
  • “Brhadaranyakopanishat” International seminar Jointly organised by Yajnavalkya Mahasabha Bengaluru and KSU, 26-27.10.2019
  • “Dispassionate churning of Indology” International conference 4-6.1.2019 Udupi, organized by BharatiyaVidvatParishat in association with ICPR, New Delhi and Indic Academy, Hyderabad.
  • “Buddha and Shankaracharya” National seminar organized jointly by KSU, Pali Institute, Gulbarga, and BharatiyavidyaBhavan, Bengaluru. 20.11.2019
  • “East and West on Dvaita” one day international seminar organized jointly by KSU and PPSM, Bengaluru, 25.2.2020
  • A ten days online workshop on ‘Vedanta Paribhasha’ was organized and “Pratyakshakhanda’ was taught everyday for two hours. Great scholars like Prof. B.V. Venkataramana, Dr. Ganesh Ishwar Bhat and others delivered lectures. This is the first in the series and more lectures shall follow.

Lecture Series

  • ‘Vedantopanyasamala’ -a weeklong lecture series online was organized and stalwarts like His Holiness Sri Vidyashreesha Teertha Swamiji and others delivered lectures on Vedanta
  • Online seven days Vedanta Lecture Series organized by Department of Vedanta, Karnataka Samskrit University, Bengaluru. From 03.08.2020 to 09.08.2020.
  • Lecture 1: 3.8.2020 – Sri Vidya shrisha tirtharu: dvaita vedante moksha svarupa vicharahah
  • Lecture 2: 4.8.2020. Dr. Umesh Nepal: brahmanaha jagadabhinna nimittopadana karanatvam
  • Lecture 3: 5.8.2020 – Dr. G.P. Nagarajachar: dvaita vedante Jivasya paramatmapratibimbatvam
  • Lecture 4: 6.8.2020 – Professor MLN Murthy: Brahma satyam Jaganmithya jevo brarhmaiva naparah
  • Lecture 5: 7.8.2020 – Dr. M.A. Alwar: vishishtadvaita vedante bhedaabhedasamanvayah
  • Lecture 6: 8.8.2020 – Professor Ganapati bhat: Avidyaavimarshah
  • Lecture 7: 9.8.2020 – Dr. Sridhara Bhat Ainakai: Anubhavaswaruupah aprameyah aatmaa vedantanam         prameyah





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Faculty Profiles

Prof. Veeranarayana N.K. Pandurangi

Professor and Chairperson

Veernarayana N K Pandurangi is an internationally well-known scholar. He specializes in teaching Vedas, Vedantas , Indian Philosophies , religion and history. He has authored many books and research papers articles.

Dr. Vinay P

Assistant Professor

A scholar par excellence in advanced texts of Vedanta. He specializes in comparative philosophy and logic.

Dr. Sharath Chandra Swamiji

Assistant Professor

An expert in Shakti Vishishtadvaitha Vedanta and Buddhism as well. He also specializes in critical addition of manuscripts.

Vidvan Murthy V.H

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shruthi H.K

Research Assistant

A well-versed scholar of Advaitha Vedanta. She also specializes in Sahitya.

Dr. Shakuntala Bhat

Research Assistant

A well-versed scholar of Advaitha Vedanta. She also specializes in Sahitya.

Dr. Tejaswini D

Research Assistant

Scholar in Jain Darshana with specialization in Sahitya.

Vidwan R. Jagannatha Poojar

Research Assistant

A scholar of Dvaita Vedanta with specialization in Nyaya Shastra.

Visiting faculty in the Department