Mahakavi Sri Neelakanta Dikshithar Foundation


The Foundation has been established with a view to perpetuating the memory of the great Poet-Saint-Statesman 
of the Seventeenth Century who was Prime Minister to the great King Thirumalai Naickan of Madurai.

Neelakanta Dikshithar is believed to have experienced Saakshaathkaara of Goddess Meenakshi (a personal encounter with the Goddess), and needs no introduction to scholars, students and lovers of Sanskrit. He was undoubtedly one of the most notable figures in the field of Sanskrit letters in the Seventeenth Century. "There 
was no branch of literature that he did not cultivate or address – Mahakavya, drama, satire, devotional poetry 
and champu, all came easily and trippingly to his tongue." Unfortunately, little has been done to make known 
to the world, the facts of his life and his manifold achievements.


The foundation's charter envisages the following activities:

    • The Celebration of Mahakavi Neelakanta Dikshithar's Jayanthi & Aradhana (birth & death anniversaries) 
      in a suitable manner.

    • Bring out a definitive edition of all his works already published and not available now and his unpublished 
      works including translations wherever feasible.

    • Publish critical studies of his works, already done by many scholars in the form of Doctoral Theses.

    • Arrange Endowment lectures regularly.

    • Construct a memorial building at Palamadai, his last resting-place where all functions connected with his 
      memory can be held.

    • Establish a library whose collection would include all his works and other relevant material.

    • Saint Dikshithar's Samadhi (death) anniversary (Aradhana) is celebrated in Palamadai every 
      year on Sukla Paksha Ashtami (eight day of the brighter half of the lunar month) of Margazhi.
      Veda Parayana is conducted for three days preceeding the Aradhana.  

    • Setting up of a library in Palamadai.


The Foundation is managed by A Trust with a Board of Trustees of eminent persons listed below:

  Sri. P.A Seshan, President


Sri P.K.Seshadrinathan,Secretary
Principal Consultant (Retd), Tata Consultancy Services
Residential address: Flat 1, Saravana Bhava, No. 9, Second Cross Street R A Puram
Chennai 600028
email:   Mobile: +91 9841017884   Home: +91 44 24326815

Sri. P.G.Ganesan, Treasurer
Retd Income Tax Official
Residential address: “Sri Gopala Gruham”, Plot No.22, No.2, First Street ,A Gs Colony, Puzhuthivakkam, Chennai 600 091.
Email id.:    mobile No.94440 55318. Res:04422580318
  Air Mshl. (Retd.) PM Ramachandran, Member
Air Marshel(retd), INDIAN AIR FORCE
Residential address: #401 shrishiti 3/1. 11th Cross St, Shastrinagar, Adyar
Chennai 600020
email .  Mobile: 09443213180  Res: 044 24468898
  Sri. P.S Ananthanarayanan, Member
  Sri. P.N Subramanian, Member

Sri. G Venkataraman, Member
Retd Vicepresident Projects RPG group
Email id:l  Mobile 9841040843: Res:04424718693

Dr.P.S.Natarajan  Member
Formely Principal of the Government College of Engineering, salem, Tamil Nadu.
Residential address: 94/1 Jyeshta Apts.,Third Street Tatabad, Coimbatore 641012.
Email id.:  mobile No.94440 19268. Res:04222491522
  Sri. V. Sankaran, Member
  Sri Prem Shanker, Member
  Sri K,Ganapathy, Member





                 The Foundation is in the process of building its corpus and invites donations from individuals,
                 commercial and  non-commercial organizations. Donations to the foundation are eligible for
                 exemption under section 80(G) of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961 (This is only available to
                 people who pay taxes in India). Crossed cheques or drafts  in favour of "The Mahakavi Sri
                 Neelakanta Dikshithar Foundation" may be sent to any of the following addresses:

Sri Kasi Viswanatha Mangaleshwari Bakthajana Sabha (SKVMBJS). In May 2001, this Trust 
has been formed to undertake some major renovations of the temple including building of Vimanams
over the two sanctum sanctorums, improvements in the village surroundings and the school. Please
contact Sri PA Seshan for details at .