Photo Gallery of 'Guru Dev'
Shankaracharya Brahmananda Saraswati

A few 'new' photos of Guru Deva

 


- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
Delhi - December 1952
NB Brahmachari Mahesh (later known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) to left of photo

 


- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati

 


- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
At meeting with President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad in Delhi, 4th December 1952


'GURUDEVA WITH RASHTRAPATHI'
'Dr Rajendra Prasad, the President of India, enjoying the Divine Effulgence of the BEACON LIGHT of the HIMALAYAS'
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
and President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad, Delhi, 4th December 1952
(Illustration from 'Beacon Light of the Himalayas')

 


- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
Lakshachandi Mahayagya, Bombay, circa 1946

 


- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati

 


- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati

 


- Guru Dev -
Swami Brahmanand Saraswati

 


- Guru Dev -
Swami Brahmanand Saraswati

 


- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati

 
- Guru Dev -
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
Photo taken in July 1948 at Bandha, Jabalpur M.P. India

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Notes on items seen in photographs of Guru Dev

Sun Umbrella
The chhatarii (umbrella) has twelve panels, displaying six main images interspersed with panels showing the symbol of the 'OM' or 'AUM'. Five of the images of deities are of the five deities related to the smarta worship as favoured by Adi Shankara, the first Shankaracharya. The deities are Shiva (riding Nandi the bull), Durga / Shakti (riding the tiger), Vishnu (standing), Surya (in chariot pulled by horses). Ganesha (seated in lotus - the first-born son of Shiva who is also known also as Ganapati). The sixth image is probably another son of Shiva called Murukan (known also as Skanda, Kartikeyan, Kumaran and Subrahmanyana). Alternatively, this sixth image might be a symbol denoting the existence of the formless transcendental Being, Paramatma.
Underneath each image of the twelve panels words are embroidered in Devanagari script, forming what is probably a variant of the title of Shankaracharya.

Inscriptions on Wide Sofa Throne
It seems the wide sofa throne is carved with another form of the title of Shankaracharya Guru Dev:-

Panel to left of photos - - - - - < - - - - - - - - - - - - - Back Panel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > - - - - Panel to right of photos

- image of a lotus -


अनन्त श्री विभूषित - । - जगद्गुरु श्री शङ्कराचार्य - । - ज्योतिष्पीठाधीश्वर
ananta shrii vibhuushhita
- l - jagad.hguru shrii shaN^karaachaarya - l - jyotishhpiiThaadhiishvara
ज्योतिर्मठ
jyotirmaTha
बद्रिकाश्रम
badrikaashrama


Inscription on Lion Throne 

ॐ श्री
symbols of AUM & shrii superimposed

It appears that the siNhaasana (lion throne) is inscribed with a version of Guru Dev's title:-
ज्योतिष्पीठाधीश्वर जगद्गुरु शङ्कराचार्य जी महाराज बदरिकाश्रम
jyotishhpiiThaadhiishvara jagad.hguru shaN^karaachaarya jii mahaaraaja badarikaashrama

Full title of Guru Dev Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
भगवत् पूज्यपाद अनन्त श्री विभूषित जगद्गुरु भगवान् शङ्कराचार्य ज्योतिष्पीठाधीश्वर स्वामी ब्रह्मानन्द सरस्वती जी महाराज बदरिकाश्रम
bhagavat puujyapaada ananta shriii vibhuushhita jagad.hguru bhagavaan shaN^karaachaarya jyotishhpiiThaadhiishvara svaamii brahmaananda sarasvatii jii mahaaraaja badarikaashrama


Glossary
अनन्त ananta
= limitless, भगवान् bhagavaan = Supreme being, bhagavat = divine,
बदरिकाश्रम badarikaashrama = Badrikashram,
ब्रह्मानन्द brahmaananda = Brahmananda - Absolute Bliss,
जगद्गुरु jagad.hguru = world guru, जी jii = expression of respect,
ज्योतिष्पीठाधीश्वर jyotishhpiiThaadhiishvara = restorer of Jyotir Math (monastery),
महाराज mahaaraaja = great ruler, पूज्यपाद puujyapaada = worthy of worship,
सरस्वती sarasvatii = Saraswati (goddess of learning),
शङ्कराचार्य shaN^karacharya = Shankaracharya, pontiff, श्री shrii = wealth,
स्वामी svaamii = Swami, विभूषित vibhuushhita = adorned


Puja Portrait

Based on handcoloured photograph of Guru Dev
the painting is by Bangalore artist M T V Acharya

Certain features of the photograph have been altered
a danda (stick) has been placed leaning on the throne.
The throne is foreshortened too.
There are other aspects of the photograph that have been tweaked.

The Swastik symbol has been added beneath the middle panel of text
the Swastik is of course an ancient symbol of well-being and auspiciousness in India

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