Nagpur: Noted Sanskrit scholar, discourser, thinker and scholar in Saint literature, Dnyansadhu Vasudevrao Govind Chorghade passed away on Sunday due to old age. He was 87. He leaves behind wife Vasudha, a son Abhay, daughter-in-law Anjali; two daughters Jayashree and Aparna, sons-in-law and a host of relatives. Last rites were performed the same day at Ambazari ghat.
Born on April 12, 1931, Vasudevrao Chorghade had retired as an auditor from Postal Department. He was MA in English and a Sanskrit scholar. He had also passed Hindi Pradnya and different examinations of audit and accounts. Late Bhausaheb Shewalkar Pratishthan had honoured him with the title ‘Dnyansadhu’. Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University and Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh had also honoured him.
Vasudevrao Chorghade authored sixteen books and numerous articles on Indian philosophy, commentaries on several stotras and works by Shri Shankaracharya, Shri Swami Maharaj and other saints and philosophers. Two books of him were translated in to Gujarati and Kannad. He had penned preface to more than 30 books, book reviews and articles on Saint literature. He delivered a number of discourses, lectures. He was also an eminent writer on various religious issues. His articles were published in religious periodicals like Pradnyalok, Chaitanyaprasad, Samyayog, Wasudeoniwas, Yogprakash etc. He was an acclaimed writer for Akashwani Nagpur radio drama, delivered lectures and thoughts on All India Radio for last 50 years.
Vasudevrao Chorghade also held many responsible posts in different associations, organisations, institutions and in several NGOs. He was President of Bhagvat Seva Samiti, Nagpur; President of Retired All India Central Government Employees’ Union; President of Senior Citizens Mandal, Nagpur. He was also known for valuable editorial work for ‘Shri Dattamahatmya.’ He was also a member of Sarvodaya Ashram, Vinoba Vichar Kendra, Bharatiya Vidya Prasarak Sanstha etc.
Spurces’ recall happily the interview granted by Vasudevrao Chorghade about seven years ago when he explained how his name ‘Vasudev’ was given to his mother. During the interview, he told, “Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati, also known as Shri Tembe Swami was a little-known spiritual teacher and mystic who spent over thirty-five years of his life wandering around India propagating the Vedic teachings. It was said that he had a direct connection to God in the form of Lord Dattatreya. He was a great scholar, teacher, and an expert in Sanskrit. He had observed chaturmas at different places in India. During one of his ‘chaturmas’, Vasudevanand Saraswati visited to our house. He asked my mother to name me as ‘Vasudev’.”
It is also a great co-incidence that this ardent devotee of Lord Dattatreya left for heavenly abode on the day of Guru Dwadashi. For the devotees of Lord Dattatreya, Shripad Shri Vallabha an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya had left the earth on the day.