This webpage provides a compilation of articles, books and videos by Sri P. R. Kannan linked from one place.
About P. R. Kannan
Born on 28th December 1943, Sri P. R. Kannan, has deep interest in Sanatana Dharma and has authored many articles, books and given religious discourses in Tamil, English and Hindi for many years.
He has worked in many reputed organizations including NPC and UHDE India and overseas, after a brilliant academic career with M.Tech. degree in Civil/ Structural Engineering from IIT, Madras and Post graduate Diploma from Holland.
Books and Articles
Sri P.R. Kannan has authored many books which are available from simshuba.com, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, the websites of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, kamakoti.org, viprayuva.org, thanjavurparampara.com and other websites such as celextel.org and sanskritdocuments.org. His books have been blessed with Srimukham by Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. He has translated to English Bala Bodha Sangraham, Stotras, Cambodian inscriptions, Sthala Puranas, and many publications of Veda Dharma Sastra Paripalana Sabha. He is the author of many articles published in Kalyana Kalpataru, Dilip, Bhavan’s Journal, Amritavarshini (e-magazine), Tatvaloka, Muktipriya, Ramakrishna Vijayam, Amara Bharati, and other magazines. He reviews spiritual books regularly for ‘DILIP’.
Sri Rudram with Chamakam
Translated by P.R. Kannan, this scholarly commentary on Sri Rudram and Chamakam is unique; for every mantra it provides the Rishi, Chandas, Devata and Dhyana Sloka. This scholarly compilation is based on commentaries of Sayanacharya, Bhattabhaskara, Abhinavasankara and others. Word by word meaning and comments are given. Dhyanasloka for each mantra of Sri Rudram is a speciality.
Samaveda - An Introduction
By Sri Atma Bodha Tirtha Swamiji, Translated by P.R. Kannan
This scholarly introduction to Sama Veda is entirely based on authoritative traditional Sanskrit sources. Topics covered include, amongst others, Samaveda branches, Samaveda in classical literature, Sama Svarupa and Analysis of Sama Svara.
Brahmavid Asirvada Paddhati
This book by Sri Vidyaranya Swamigal, translated to English by P R Kannan, contains the essence of Prasthana Traya - Upanishads, Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. It is a fundamental Vedantic text, couched beautifully in the form of prayer. This prayer is usually chanted by Sanyasis yearning for Brahmagnana during Chaturmasyam in front of the Acharyas. The book, as released, contains an interesting article on Sri Mahaswamigal and Sri Vidyaranya Swamigal.
pdf file here; book with Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Vaidikamantrakalpalata - Introduction
Also called as Kashmirika Mantra Kalpadruma, Vaidika Mantra Kalpa Lata, like Laugakshi Gruhya Sutra, also has been authored by Maharshi Laugakshi and it contains the various mantra prayogas and suktas. Majority of the Kashmiri Pandits belong to the rare Shakha called as Katha Shakha which is a branch of Krishna Yajur Veda. Katha Shakha has many mantras which are identical with Rig Veda and Taittiriya Shakha of Krishna Yajur Veda. The Vaidika Mantra Kalpalata of this Katha Sakha has used in various prayogas many mantras from Rigveda and others which are similar to Taittiriya Shakha of Krishna Yajurveda.
Vaidikamantrakalpalata - Dhyana Shlokas
Used in prayogas of Katha Shakha of Veda in Kashmir, Dhyanaslokas for Ganesa, Kushmandadevatas, Gayatri Devi, Agni, Surya, Chandra, Varuna, Angaraka, Vishnu, Budha, Indra, Brihaspati, Sukra, Shani, Rahu, Rudra, Ketu, Brahma, Saraswathi, Dhruva, Anantha, Agastya, Vastoshpati, Kshetrapala, Sarvadedva, Ratridvi, Ritus, Lakshmi, Siva and Devi are covered, along with trnslation in English by PR Kannan.
Smritimuktaphalam – Canto 1
Translated to English by PR Kannan, this Nibandhana’ book compiled by Vaidyanatha Dikshitar and titled ‘SMRITIMUKTAPHALAM’, meaning ‘Pearl of Smritis’. This great work, also called ‘Vaidyanatha Dikshitiyam’, is divided into six Kandams, the first being ‘Varnasrama Dharma Kandam’. Dharmas for people in the four Varnas and Asramas have been dealt with in great detail here, citing not only the views of various Rishis, but also Vedas, Puranas, Dharmasutras, previous Nibandhana books etc. together with the compiler’s own explanation as required.
Common Dharmas in Manusmriti
Manusmriti is a book of laws, authored by the earliest and the most authoritative Law-giver, Bhagavan Manu. This book derives its authority from the Vedas and lays down rules of conduct and procedures of rituals for individuals in different walks of life. Known also as Dharmasastra, this unique book deals with human life right from birth to death. In Manusmriti there are many verses dealing with Samanya Dharmas, eternal rules of conduct, applicable to all humans at all times. These verses with translation in English by PR Kannan are presented.
Apara Kriyas and Sraaddham
In order to apprise the present generation of the various essential aspects of the rituals connected with Apara Kriyas and Sraaddhas in their authoritative perspective, a summary in English of the same is presented here to serve as an introductory guide.
Brief sections on ‘Aasoucha Sangraham’ and ‘Gaya Sraaddha’ have been added.
Sri Amaranatha Mahatmyam – in English and in Tamil
Puranic stories connected with the various kshetras en route Amaranatha Cave. Samskrit verses with English and Tamil translation by PR Kannan.
pdf file here;
book with Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Sri Krishnaveni Mahatmyam – in English and in Tamil
Puranic stories connected with the origin and greatness of river Krishna, including episodes relating to various tirthas along the river route.
Sri Kaveri Mahima and Stotras
Lang: English / Sanskrit, Sourced from Sri Kaveri Rahasyam by Sri P. Mahadeva Iyer and Sri TulaKaveri Mahatmyam by Sri P. R. Kannan.
Sri Kaveri Snanam and Pooja Paddhati
Lang: Tamil /English / Sanskrit, Sourced from Sri Kaveri Rahasyam by Sri P. Mahadeva Iyer and Sri TulaKaveri Mahatmyam by Sri P. R. Kannan.
Sri Guru Kartikeya Stuti
A rare Stuti by Charanagiri Swamiji, with English translation.
A rare book of 99 verses in Samskrit by Sri Aurobindo, brimming with Desa bhakti and Devi bhakti, presented with Tamil translation. Full of rich imagery, very moving and inspiring. Bharat Mata is shown as Devi incarnate.
Book includes Sri Aravindopanishad.
Beautiful Stuti on Mangalambika of Kumbakonam, with English translation.
General Samskrit Literature
Balabodha Sangraham - 1
An Introduction to Vedas, Forty Samskaras, Brahmavidya Guru Parampara, and Adi Sankaracharya and his Sishyas.
Balabodha Sangraham - 2
An Introduction to Panchangam, Advaita Vidyacharyas, and Mahakavis of Samskrit.
Balabodha Sangraham - 3
Greatness of Agni Upasana in Sanatana Dharma.
Books on Pujya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji
Sri Jayendra Vijayam
A multifaceted personality, simplicity personified- that is Pujya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji in a nutshell. His one trait, which none, who has had his fleeting darshan even once, will miss is his geniality and the infectious and bewitching smile on his lustrous face. This book covering his early life, Vijaya Yatras upto the year 1987, and his teachings and Srimatham activities brings out all the above facets of his personality.
pdf file here; book with Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji – An Offering
This book gives a brief life history of Swamiji and covers his various activities in the cause of renaissance of Sanatana Dharma. Swamiji’s total personality, impressive and inspiring, is brought out.
pdf file here; book with Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Jaya Ghosha used in Kanchi Srimatham on various sacred occasions – Samskrit with English translation.
Other books available with simshuba.com
- SRIPADA SAPTATI - Commentary in English and in Tamil. Sripadasaptati – book of 70 verses in Samskrit by Narayana Bhattattiri of Narayaniyam fame, with commentary in English. Book of mellifluous Stotras on Devi’s Sripadas, full of wit, bhakti, humour and imagery.
- “SIVAGITIMALA”- SIVA ASHTAPADI (author: Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, 62nd Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham) - Commentary in English. On the lines of the celebrated Gita Govindam.
- “GITA SUNDARAM” (Meenakshi Sundareswara Ashtapadi) – Commentary in English. By Sadasiva Dikshita, again on the lines of the celebrated Gita Govindam.
- SRI RAMA ASHTAPADI – Samskrit verses with translation and notes in English. By Ramakavi. Ashtapadi structure on the lines of the celebrated Gita Govindam; but entire Ramayana story retold in a beautiful manner.
- SRI LALITA TRISATI STOTRAM and OTHER DEVI STOTRAS – Translation and Notes in English.
- TULA KAVERI MAHATMYAM – Summary in English. Tula Kaveri Mahatmyam – Based on Puranas. Covers stories relating to the origin and kshetras dotting the river route. Many dharmas presented in a very interesting way.
- SRI VENKATACHALA MAHATMYAM- Translation from Skanda Puranam- Vaishnava Khandam - in English. Covers the captivating story of Venkateswara and Padmavathi, and greatness of many tirthas. Various facets of Sanatana Dharma presented through gripping stories.
Discourses available in YoutubeSri P. R. Kannan has been delivering religious discourses in Tamil, English and Hindi in Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Abu Dhabi and other places on many topics including Bhagavad Gita, Skanda Puranam, Srimad Bhagavatham, Devi Bhagavatham, Valmiki Ramayanam, Adhyatma Ramayanam, Sripada Saptati, Krishna Karnamritam, Devi Mahatmyam, Guru Gita, Sankara Vijayam, Ganesa, Siva, Subramania, Vishnu, Krishna, Anjaneya, Saints etc.
Many of these are available on youtube. See links below:
- SIVA MAHIMA
- DEVIYUM SKANDANUM
- DEVI BHAGAVATHAM
- SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM
- SAMA VEDA PARAYANAM
- SRIPADA SAPTATI
- GANESA GITA