Udupi Ramachandra Rao Bio & Early Life
Born in the year 1913 to an orthodox Sri Vaishnavite Brahmin Family at Udupi, Karnataka. Sri Ramchandra Rao had his Vedic Education consisting of all the scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, and Dharmashastras under prominent spiritual Gurus who were experts in these branches of knowledge. He was also proficient in Astrology, Nyaya Shastra & Mimamsa Shastra (Logic).
Sri Ramachandra Rao was always inclined towards spirituality since his childhood. Although he had mastered Nyaya Shastra (Logic) he never practiced it as a subject leading to earning money. His mother also wanted him to go for advanced studies on Tabla (Indian percussion instrument).
For this purpose, Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao joined in Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College in Mangalore. He completed his Diploma course in 1940 & started teaching at the same college. However, he left his professorship in 1942 to become a professional Astrologer.
Udupi Ramachandra Rao Personal Life
What would have been the life of an average professional Astrologer? No one knows this better than Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao himself who has shared many valuable incidents that happened with him during this period through the serial ” My Journey “.
The series is published by Hindustan times Bangalore since 2012 and can be accessed online also. Many valuable lessons are embedded in this series for all of us.
The most important learning was “we are the cause & we are the effect”. The idea is not to look at life as what happens with us, but more importantly how do we influence life around us. If the influence is positive, life will flow smoothly with no obstacles whereas if it is negative, there can be many obstacles that come our way.
Even though the events appear to be challenging, they are opportunities for us to learn and rise up in life rather than being discouraged by them. This is exactly how Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao lived his entire life with a smile on his face even during adverse circumstances.
His Guru Late Sri Pandit Kanakanahalli Ramaswamy has also written “Gurupurna Mahathme” on Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao’s life.
Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao Professional Life & Achievements
The astrologer in Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao started to emerge when he was about 20 years of age itself. His guru, Pandit Kanakanahalli Ramaswamy himself noted his talent and advised him to make astrology a profession.
At the time he was studying for his Diploma course in Astrology, Sri Subbaraya Sastry who hailed from the same town gave him “Bhrigu Nadi Shataka Parijatha”.
It is said that the great saint Bhrigu once asked Lord Shiva as to what was the greatest thing one could do for Humanity. Shiva indicated that it was Astrology and advised Bhrigu to go back to Earth as a prophet of astrology.
Sri Udupi Ramachandra Books
Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao has authored 6 books. The book titled “Bhava Phala” is considered one of the great classics on predictive astrology in the Kannada language. Apart from these, he also wrote 3 more books on Predictive Astrology in English named “Astrology & Destiny”, “Divine Glory” & “Be Your Own Astrologer”.
He initially started giving lectures at various places like Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD along with Pandit Kanakanahalli Ramaswamy, Sri Subbaraya Sastry, and others. Later he got an opportunity to give lectures at the University of Mysore for many years spanning over 3 decades.
He also worked as a part-time professor at Bangalore University from 1973-to 1974. He also worked as a visiting faculty at Pune and Cochin Universities.
Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao was the President of ‘Karnataka Astrologers Union’ (KAU) from its inception in 1972 till his death and also held several other important positions like that of ‘Astrology Association Of India’.
The Karnataka State Government has instituted the “Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao Award” for excellence in astrology every year.
Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao’s contributions to Astrology & Society at large are enormous. He was truly an institution by himself who was respected even during his old age for his clarity of thoughts and logical approach towards all problems faced by people including political leaders.
His lectures were mostly centered around the practical application of astrology through which one can lead a happy life full of peace, harmony & prosperity. The organization, Karnataka Astrologers Union has even published many of his lectures in the form of audio cassettes that are sold at Rs 15 per cassette.
These cassettes are very popular among clients as well as students across various cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Mysore, etc. Everything about this man is so uniquely simple & humble.
At the time of Sri Udupi Ramachandra Rao’s demise, Maharajah of Mysore Dr. Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar declared 5 days State mourning with 2 minutes silence during which people across Karnataka remembered this great man & his contributions towards society.
Udupi Ramachandra Rao Net Worth
Udupi Ramachandra Rao Net Worth was estimated to be around Rs 200 Crore at the time of his death.
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