A well- known and widely reputed Indologist and Sanskrit scholar trained in his disciplines, both in the traditional Indian and Western ways. Awarded Certificate of Honour as a modern Sanskrit scholar by then President of India APJ Abdul Kalam in 2005 and honoured by various Indological institutions and Sanskrit Academies, including Delhi Sanskrit Academy (“All India Sanskrit Seva Samman”); U.P. Sanskrit Academy (Banabhatta Puraskar); Bihar Rashtrabhasha Parishad; Veda Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain; Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (conferred title of ‘Mahamahopadhyaya’),
He is a Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for Higher Studies in Germany. He has a D.Phil. from the University of Freiburg/Br (1966) in History of Religions, Comparative Indo-European Philology, and Latin (besides Indology) as elective subjects in the grade Summa cum Laude. D.Litt. in Ancient Indian History and Culture from the University of Allahabad on ‘A critical Study of the daily Puja Ceremony of the Jagannatha Temple in Puri’ (published under the title ‘Communication with God’). He has taught at the Universities of Aligarh, Udaipur, Freiburg (twice), Tuebingen (twice), Heidelberg, Berlin, Leipzig, and British Columbia (Vancouver). He is Chief Indologist and Field Director of the Orissa Research Project (1970–5) of the German Research Council (DFG), and has been the Principal of  Ganganatha Jha Research Institute, Allahabad, for over twenty years. He has contributed around ninety papers in English, German, Sanskrit, and Hindi to various Indian and International Journals on Religion, Philosophy, History, Literature, and Vedic/Puranic studies. Published 22 books on subjects mostly pertaining to religions and literature of India. His specialisations are: Indian Religions and Philosophy, Vishnuism (especially Pancharatra School), Vedic Studies, Sanskrit Literature, Grammar, and Philology, Cult practices of Orissa, and Gaudiya Vishnuism.
B.L.Institute of Indology
July 2012 – Present (3 years)New Delhi Area, India
The Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, a premier Institution of International repute, was first started at Patan (North Gujarat) in the year 1980, through the funds provided by the family trust of Bhogilal Family to sponsor and promote research in Jainology/Indology and other aspects of Indian culture.
The academic program of the Institute is to initiate, organize and give a fill-up to research in Indological subjects in general and Jainological projects in particular. Jainology, Manuscriptology, Indian philosophy and culture are subjects that have enjoyed respect among the intellectuals for ages.
National Fellow
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
October 2010 – June 2012 (1 year 9 months) Shimla Area, India
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is a prestigious research institute based in Shimla, India. It was set up by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1964
Professor & Head of Kalakosha Division
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)
October 2002 – September 2010 (8 years) New Delhi Area, India
Professor & Chairperson of Oriental Institute
University of Leipzig
October 2001 – September 2002 (1 year) Leipzig Area, Germany
Principal / Director
Sir Ganganath Jha Research Institute
March 1977 – September 2001 (24 years 7 months) Allahabad Area, India
Asst. Professor
University of Freiburg
October 1974 – September 1977 (3 years) Freiburg Area, Germany
Senior Research Fellow
South Asia Institute
October 1970 – September 1974 (4 years)Heidelberg Area, Germany
University of Udaipur
October 1968 – September 1970 (2 years) Udaipur Area, India
Aligarh Muslim University
October 1967 – September 1968 (1 year)Aligarh Area, India
Post-Doctoral Fellow of German Academic Exchange Service
University of Freiburg
October 1962 – September 1967 (5 years)Freiburg Area, Germany
Vedic Devta-Udbhav aur Vikas
The Ritual of founding a Brahmin Village
Communication with God
The Cult of Jagannath and the Regional tradition of Orissa
Manuscript Development
Indian Religious and…
Classical Art &…
Ritual and its meaning
Vedic Studies
Comparative Religion
Orissa History &…
Native or bilingual proficiency
Native or bilingual proficiency
Native or bilingual proficiency
Native or bilingual proficiency
Professional working proficiency
Professional working proficiency
University of Allahabad
University of Allahabad
D.Litt., Orissan Temple Rituals
1985 – 1986
University of Freiburg
Dr. Phil., Comparative Religion, Indo-European Philology, Latin, Summa cum Laude
1965 – 1966
Thesis on the ‘Gradual Development of Vishnuism as evidenced through Vedic-epic-Puranic legends’, composed in German under the title “Eine relionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung der Legende der Zwerg-Inkarnaton Vishnus’ (Grade obtained : Summa cum Laude, i.e. ”Praiseworthy Highest”, got Faculty prize of DM 500 for producing the best thesis in the Faculty of Arts)
Agra University
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
1961 – 1962
‘Vedic Deities and their subsequent development’, conducted on a Research Fellowship in Humanities of the Min. of Education, Agra
Sanskrit University, Varanasi
Acharya (Sahitya),, Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
1959 – 1961
Agra University
Master of Arts (M.A.), Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Gold Medallist
1957 – 1959
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