Veteran freedom fighter, centenarian and an expert on the four Vedas Pundit Sudhakar Chaturvedi breathed his last at 3 AM in the morning here today. He was 124 years old.
Born to Lakshamma and Krishnarao of Kyatasandra on the outskirts of Tumakuru district headquarters on 20 April 1897, He came to be popularly referred to as Pundit Chaturvedi following his command over the four Vedas. He penned several books on his interpretations of the Vedas.
Chaturvedi is said to be an eyewitness to both the world wars and the massacre in Jallianwala Bagh. He was also greatly revered by fellow freedom fighters for undertaking the hazardous task of completing the funeral rites of thousands of Quit India movement victims.
He resided with grandchildren at Jayanagar in the house of his adopted son Aryamitra, a Dalit. He served as the District Commissioner of many districts in the state before his retirement. Pundit Sudhakar Chaturvedi remained a Bachelor.
Although he hailed from Tumakuru district, Pundit Sudhakar Chaturvedi grew up in Bengaluru. He joined the Kangadi Gurukul at Haridwar during 1915 and continued his studies in the four Vedas. It was here that he happened to meet Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Thereafter, he took an active part in the freedom movement.
Chaturvedi was imprisoned for a prolonged period of 12 years due to his involvement in the freedom movement.
He wrote more than 50 books in Kannada, Hindi, English, and Sanskrit while his commentary on the four Vedas runs into 20 mega volumes.
For some time he also published “Veda Taranga” and “Veda Prakash” monthly magazines. Apart from being an accomplished scholar and poet, he was also an impressive orator with rustic humour.
Chaturvedi made a scientific study of the Vedas and used to reiterate every now and then that Vedas alone is responsible for his progressive thoughts.
His mortal remains were placed for public obeisance till 3 PM and the cremation took place at 4 PM in the Chamrajpet burial grounds.