[Advaita-l] Books on Bhagawatam

Sudhakar Kabra sudhakarkabra at yahoo.com
Wed May 30 22:04:57 CDT 2012

Reference for point No-2 of this mail.
The name of book is Shrimadbhagwat Rahasya.It is a translation of discourses given in Gujrati by Shri Ramchandra Keshav Dongreji Maharaj.Publisher: Sadvichar Parivar, Dariyapur, Ahmedabad-380001. (Tel:387670 -at that time)Printer: Radhapress, Gandhinagar, Delhi-110031.
I have located a copy showing First printing two thousand copies dated 3rd August, 1981.It is in Hindi language script.Cost (at that time) Rs 30/- (Thirty). Add: Rs 3.50 for postage
Hope this of some help.I don't know the present day situation and its availability.
Sudhakar Kabra

--- On Wed, 5/30/12, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:

From: Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Books on Bhagawatam
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 1:43 AM

On Sun, 27 May 2012, durga prasad wrote:

> I am looking for the following books translated in Telugu or English or Hindi :
> 1. SrIdhara swamI - "BhAvArtha-dIpikA" -- commentary on Bhagawatam.

Unfortunately it seems that even the sanskrit editions of this tika are long out of print.  The Tirupati Devasthana is in the process of publishing an edition of the Bhagavata purana with the bhavartha dipika along with other vishistadvaita, dvaita etc. tikas but it will be some time before it is complete and in any case it will be Sanskrit only.

> 2. Dongreeji Maharaj's Bhagawatam.

I was going to reply to you that as far as I knew Dongre Maharaj's bhagavata expositions were only available in Gujarati but then I came across this:


I have not seen the book so I don't know if it is a translation or an original work (Dongre Maharaj knew English, Marathi, and Hindi as well as Gujarati and Sanskrit.) nor can I vouch for its quality.

On Mon, 28 May 2012, Venkata sriram P wrote:

> As regards the commentary by Shri Dongreji, i am not aware of any of his
> writings. There is another Dongreji by name Shri Vireshwara Krishna
> Dongre Ji who was a pu. mimAmsa scholar and AFAIK he was a mimAmsaka and
> never tried his hands on puranas.

No this Dongre Maharaj (Ramachandra Shastri Dongre) was different.  He was born in Vadodara (Baroda) Gujarat of Chitpavana Brahmana stock. (The Gaekwad Maharajas were Marathas so there is a sizable Marathi population there.)   He became one of the most popular and beloved Bhagavata Kathakars of the 20th century in Gujarat and his writings are widely available wherever Gujarati speakers can be found.  He reached Vaikuntha in 1990.

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