Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gems of Pictures from the Lens of Shri Neelamraju Muralidhar!

HH answering devotees' questions in Venkatagiri, a town in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, after an Anugraha Bhashanam.

HH, Flush with Divine Radiance, just after Anushtanam in Vijayawada.

HH in front of Srisailam Kanchi Matham in Andhra Pradesh near Adi Shankara Sannidhi.

HH performed Abhishekam to the Shiva Linga which is on the roadside on the way to Tripurantakam. It is a village in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.

HH in Sri Kalahasti in the above two pictures. Fomer Prime Minister Shri Narasimha Rao is seen seated at the extreme left in the above picture.

HH performing Godavari Mahanadi Snanam.

HH planting a Bilva plant in the land donated by Late Sri Neelamraju Venkata Seshaiahgaru in Yetapaka (near Bhadrachalam). Now that Sapling is a big Tree, she says.

HH doing Anushtanam on the banks of Godavari river while visiting Bhadrachalam!

HH having Dip during Krishna Pushkaram in Vijayawada in 1968.

Former Prime Minister Shri Narasimha Rao with Kanchi Mahaperiyava.

No notes are available for the above two pictures.

HH Kanchi Pudhu Periyava doing His Anushtanam during Krishna Pushkaram in Vijayawada in 1968.

Most of us have seen all the above pictures but we may not be aware that they were taken by Shri Neelamraju Muralidhar, seen above. Thanks a ton to his Niece Smt Kanakadurga Bhattiprolu for the helpful Notes about the pictures and for safeguarding these precious Snaps. 

She says:

"Shri Muralidhar clicked Sri Kanchi Paramacharya photos with His Holiness' permission on several occassions. I am his niece and collector of his works!"

Shri Neelamraju Muralidhar was a Multi-faceted person. 
Born in Narsaraopet on March 17, 1934, Muralidhar started his career as a news photographer in Andhra Prabha in Vijayawada in 1956. He later shifted to Hyderabad to work as a staff reporter of The Indian Express in 1977. He was known for his incisive analysis of news and comments. He was equally adept in literary, cultural and spiritual reporting.

An ardent devotee of Kanchi Paramacharya, he was instrumental in the publication of the book “Arya Dvishati”, a revisit of Sri Chakra. After retirement as a special correspondent, he worked as Editor in News and Services Syndicate for four years before rejoining The New Indian Express as its copy editor and continued there till 2007.

Shri Muralidhar passed away in Hyderabad on a Wednesday, August 6, 2008.


  1. Sri Muralidhar garu is the son of Neelamraju seshaiah garu , the great editor of Andhraprabha newspaper. Sri seshaiah authored a book named nadiche devudu on paramacharya which was a great success in Telugu literary world and is the best Telugu book on paramacharya till date .They were ardent devotees of paramacharya!

  2. Great work by shri Muralidhar! He is very much blessed! We are also blessed to have darshan of the rare pictures!

  3. Thank you for the blog Sureshji. Late Sri. Muralidhar's niece keeps a large collection of his photography work. She can be reached at kanakadurgaDOTbhattiproluATgmail.

  4. Kanakadurga Bhattiprolu says:

    Namaskarams Sri Panchanathan Sureshji, Mahaperiyava bless you. Thanks for showcasing the work of Sri Neelamraju Muralidhar. Our family is very grateful to you for doing this during pitru paksham as an offering to our ancestors. Mahaperiyava protect you always. Pranams.

  5. Thank you so much for these insightful photos.

  6. nice compilation of photos and showing the artist who tool these photos and was blessed by Mahaperiyava. Great post! Love it!!!