T K Jagannathacharya


Affectionately addressed as TKJ, he was born in 1897 in Thuvaar a village near Mannargudi in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. Had schooling and first in the village to join a College Never wore a shirt – in his 85 years of simple living …

Launched Dharmika Hindu a Tamil Weekly – to propagate Vaishnavism, Hinduism.

He was in the forefront to protest against E V Ramasamy Naicker instigated events like Lord Rama portrait being burnt and garlanded with chappals. TKJ organized a counter procession in Salem – to burn the effigy of Dravida Kazhagam leader EVR

TKJ authored Valmiki Ramayana- Bhagwad Gita and translated many of Vedanta Desikan slokas from Sanskrit to Tamil and English.

TKJ was fond of collecting Grantham Books- Sanskrit and English Literatures.

TKJ encouraged Brahmin youths to take up Journalism, Proudly mentioning this in his autobiography is Swami Dayanand Saraswathi – who worked as Reporter of Dharmkia Hindu and now a world-renowned exponent of Hinduism. TKJ also groomed present Andavan Swami Ji of Srirangam as Sub Editor of Dharmkia Hindu.

TKJ always mentioned that he was a lucky great-grandfather – having lived with a baby of the fourth generation.

TKJ – a true Gandhian. Was against Congress stalwarts like T T Krishnamacharya Finance Minister of India, TKJ had a peaceful end in 1982