RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT BUZZ
Sixteen-year-old Priyavrat Patil has created a record by becoming the youngest person to clear the ‘Tenali Mahapariksha’.
The exam, which is all about Vedic knowledge is conducted by Sri Kanchee Veda Vedantha Sastra Sabha, Tenali, Andhra Pradesh. The examination which has 14 levels is taken twice a year by students studying ‘Shashtras’ and the final exam is called ‘Mahapariksha’.
Having begun conducting this exam since 1995, till date, 84 students have passed this exam and Priyavrat is the youngest among them.
The teenager was also congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. Modi tweeted: “Excellent! Congratulations to Priyavrata for this feat. His achievement will serve as a source of inspiration for many!”
The son of Devdatta and Aparna Patil, Priyavrat comes from a Sanskrit background as both his parents have done their Doctorate in Nyayashastra (Logics) from Savitribai Phule Pune University.
His parents are teachers at Shreevidya Pathashala (providing knowledge in the ancient Indian way of learning) which is at their residence itself and is being run by Shreesubrahmanya Vangmayee Parishad. Established in 2015, the Gurukul has 39 students (30 boys and nine girls from seven states of India).
A proud father, Devdatta says: “Students who come to our Gurukul start coaching at the age of 15 or 16. So usually when they pass the exam they are 21 or 22. However, Priyavrat started at the age of 13 and was expected to finish at the age of 18 or 19. But he completed 14 levels in just two years and appeared for the Mahapariksha. The portion for six months is very less as compared to the Mahaprakisha.” He adds that if the student is hardworking then he or she can write more than one semester at a time. For this exam, Priyavrat was coached by Mohanlal Sharma who is in charge of teaching grammar at the Gurukul.
Devdatta further explains that the exam which is in Sanskrit language includes subjects like logic, laws of interpretation, grammar, and philosophy. During the six to seven year course, one year is allotted to each subject.
Priyavrat, whose mother tongue is Sanskrit has done formal education till class 8 and will appear for the class 10 exam next year. “Since he did his early schooling in Marathi, besides Sanskrit, Priyavrat knows little bit of Marathi and Hindi which sounds South Indian (laughs) as most of his classmates are South Indian,” informs Devdatta who recalls that his grandfather who was a pandit in Sanskrit never spoke the local language and spoke only Sanskrit till the age of 23.