Swami Karpatri

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Swami Karpatri (Swāmi Karpātrī; 1907–1982; born as Har Narayan Ojha in a village called Bhatni of Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India) was a monk in the Hindu dashanami monastic tradition.[1]


He was a disciple of Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath Swami Brahmananda Saraswati.[2] He was also the founder of Dharma Sangha in Varanasi where he spent most of his life. He was a teacher in the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Hindu philosophy. According to French indologist, Alain Daniélou, Karpatri initiated him into Shaivite Hinduism.[3]


In 1948, Swami Karpatri founded the Ram Rajya Parishad, a traditionalist Hindu party. He led a movement against the Hindu Code Bill but he was unsuccessful in blocking it.[4] He was also a prominent agitator in 1966 anti-cow slaughter agitation.

Other works[edit]

On 18 April 1948, he founded the newspaper Sanmarg which promoted Sanatan Dharma and also advocated the Hindu Code Bill and voiced opposition on cow slaughters.[5]

Further reading[edit]

Life history of Swami Karpatri of Banaras

Lutgendorf, Philip. 1991. The Life of a Text: Performing the Rāmcaritmānas of Tulsidas. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 384–387.

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  1. Swami Karpatri The Linga and the great goddess Indica bolls, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 818656988X
  2. Rama, Swami (1999) Himalayan Institute, Living With the Himalayan Masters, page 247
  3. Unknown author, Portrait of Alain Danielou Official web site of Alain Danielou, retrieved Sept 8, 2012
  4. Hindu code bill and Dr.B.R.Ambedkar by Sohanlal Shastri
  5. Mahila Patrakarita (in Hindi). Prabhat Prakashan. 2012. p. 73. ISBN 9789350481189. Retrieved 14 December 2016.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>