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His first son Venkatesh murthy was born in 1957. In the September of the same year, Venkatakrishna Sharma got a Government job at “Chamarajendra Sanskrit Mahapatashaale” in Chamarajpet, Bangalore as Assistant Professor in “Advaita Alankara Sastra” (Study of aesthetics in Advaita philosophy). In the June of 1957, he lost his father who was just 55 years of age. This meant Venkatakrishna Sharma ended up inheriting all the family responsibilities.
Venkatakrishna Sharma was a fine teacher. During his service at Chamarajendra Sanskrit Mahapatashaale, his contemporaries included Sri Anantanarayana, Sri Anantakrishna Sharma, Kikkeri Sri Subbaraya Sastry, Sri Ranganatha Sharma, Sri Bhima Bhat, Sri Jaggu Sudarshanachar, Sri N. T. Srinivasa Iyengar, Sri Basappa, Ganapati Sri Narasimha Moorthy, Sri Jayaramachar, Sri Channaveeraswamy, Sri Nilakanta Aradhya. It was Principal of the Sanskrit College Sri Dharanendrayya, who was instrumental in persuading the Education department to bring together teachers of Sanskrit and Vedic studies under one roof. This changed the way students grasped both the studies. He was popularly known as B. S. V. in academic circles (Bellur Sanjeevayya Dixit Venkatakrishna Sharma).
He had his second son in 1959. He continued to perform Puja at Narayan Rao’s house till 1961.
He always used to cycle to college on time. He participated in a refresher course in Sanskrit Education in a Central Government sponsored program at Tirupati in 1963 and 1964 and received a citation from them. Some of his remembered students are Sri Ramachandra Tyagali, Sri Mahabali Sharma, Sri Ananta Sharma Bhuvanagiri, Sri Ranganatha Joyis and Dr. S. Ranganath. From 1967 – 1969 he taught Sanskrit at Ayurvedic Medical Sciences College (Jayanagar). He stayed for eleven years at the rented house at Chikkanna Gardens (Bengaluru) and during these years took tuition classes for students who wished to learn Sanskrit. Among these students was Balagangadaranatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mutt. He used to ferry his two children around Bangalore (to Lalbagh and other places) on his bicycle. Then moved his house to Basavanagudi in 1972 where he stayed for six years – here he came in contact with Sri Ramaswamy Sastry – Chief Priest of Rama Temple who in turn helped Venkata Krishna Sharma appear as a priest in a Kannada movie starring Anant Nag by the name of “Premajwale”.
He delivered lectures at Sankara School of Culture, Basavanagudi on “Vedanta”, at Sri Sankara Krupa - Jayanagar 3rd block Bangalore on Adi Sankaracarya’s “Viveka Chudamani” from 1970 – 1985 (15 years) and on “Advaita Siddanta” on Sankara Jayanti days (birth anniversaries of Adi Sankaracarya) at various locations.
Venkata Krishna Sharma built a house in Basaveshwara Nagar, Bangalore in 1979. He retired from service at 55 years of age as In-Charge Principal. His first son married in 1982 and his second son married in 1984. Sadly, Sharma lost his mother in 1988 at the age of 79 years. Venkatakrishna Sharma sold his house in 1993 and moved to Sahakaranagar, Bangalore to be with his first son. He was excellent in telling Mahasankalpa, Gotrapravara and Ashirvada. For next 25 years, he stayed at Sahakaranagar where he conducted Veda classes. He has the rare distinction of reciting Aruna Prasna for 55 years at the Bellur Sri Adi Madhavaraya Swamy Brahma Rathothsava since 1958.
2000 Jan 19 – Vidwat Samman (Government of Karnataka)
•Presented by Adichunchanagiri Pontiff Balagangadaranatha Swamiji in the august presence of Sri Thontadarya Siddalinga Swamy and the then Education Minister.
2000 Mar 19 – Vidwat Samman (Govt of India)
•Presented by Minister Muralidhar Manohar Joshi in New Delhi
1) H A L Brahmin’s Trust, 2) Veda Samvardhini Sabha
3) S. J. C. I. T. Chickaballapur, 4) Veda Students’ Union – Mandya
5) Nagamangala Brahmin Society, 6) Honnehalli Brahmin Society
7) Kempegowda Youth Associ., Bellur, 8) Adi Chunchanagiri Mahasamsthana
9) Yedathore Yoganandeeshwara Maha Saraswathi Mutt K. R. Nagara
10) Veda Poshanee Sabha, Mysore, 11) Sankara Krupa, Bangalore
12) Sankara School of Culture, Bangalore, 13) B. M. Sri Prathishtana
14) Nittooru Dasappa Trust, Bengaluru, 15) Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple Bhakta Mandali, 16) Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan & Jyoti Charitable Trust, Bangalore 17) Vidwan R. K. Srikantan Trust, Bangalore – Presented by Former President Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 18) Sri Bala Ramamandira Seva Samithi, Bellur 19) Sri Ganapati Seva Mandali, Bellur 20) Amruthuru Tammanna Bhatta Trust, Bengaluru 21) Sanskrith Adhyayana Kendra, Surana College, Bengaluru
22) Sri Charan Co-operative Bank Limited, Bengaluru 23) Sri Gayatri Vipra Vrinda, Sahakaranagar
He had his Sahasrachandra Darshana in 2009. He lost his wife in 2003 at 67 years of age. Venkatakrishna Sharma passed away on 3 January, 2020 at the age of 94 yrs after suffering a fatal heart attack.
03 Oct 1927
03 Jan 2020
Karnikar Patashaale, Chamarajendra Sanskrit Mahapatashaale, Ayurvedic Medical Sciences College, Sankara School of Culture, Sri Sankara Krupa - Jayanagar
Knowledge of Vedas, Knowledge of Sanskrit, Mahasankalpa, Gotrapravara and Ashirvada
Advaita, Vedas, Alankara Sastra
Vidwat Samman (Govt. of Karnataka)
Vidwat Samman (Govt of India)
Vidwan R. K. Srikantan Trust, Bangalore – Presented by Former President Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan & Jyoti Charitable Trust, Bangalore
Pandit Venkata Krishna Sharma receiving honour from Bharathiya VIdya Bhavan
Pandit Venkatakrishna Sharma at a Vedic recital.