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Annambhatta's Tarkasaṁgraha is a stepping stone for higher studies in Sāstras.

- Prof. J. Suryanarayana

Tue 13 Oct 2020

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Event Type: Monthly

Introduction to Navya Nyaaya – Tarka Saṁgraha Textual Study


To understand and apply the scientific knowledge embedded in Indic śāstras, there are three fundamental technical fields of study known as the Pada, Vākya and Pramāṇa śāstras. These are also known as vyākaraṇa, pūrvamīmāṁsā and nyāyaśāstras respectively. Of these, nyāya is the preliminary basis for categorizing and validating any knowledge.

The earliest systematized lessons available in nyāyaśāstra are the nyāyasūtrās of Rishi Gautama. It was later developed into tarkaśāstra by combining the ontology of vaiśeṣika (a sister discipline of nyāya) and epistemology of nyāya.

Annambhatta was a great śāstrapandita from Andhradesha (Telugu speaking country in South India). His work Tarkasaṁgraha has drawn significant academic attention as a stepping stone for higher studies in śāstras. The technically structured linguistic usage seen in the Tarkasaṁgraha has been borrowed by other śāstra traditions including Vedanta, Ayurveda, and Yoga as well.


  • Introduction to basic tarkaśāstra
  • Understanding the ontological and epistemological aspects
  • Know the applicability of tarkaśāstra to other śāstras

Expected Outcomes

  • To be able to understand basic tarkashastra in simple Samskrit
  • Ability to technically approach preliminary texts of Vedānta, āyurveda, Yoga, Jyotiṣa, etc.
  • Know the application in AI and Knowledge processing careers.


  • Students and research scholars in their chosen field of Tarkaśāstra
  • Anyone who is interested to learn the basics of Tarkaśāstra


  • Introduction to ontology and epistemology of Tarkasaṁgraha
  • Preliminaries of vāda tradition

Evaluation Plan

Online Quiz every 2 weeks, One review session every two weeks, final certification exam.


Sri. J. Suryanarayana

Proferssor, MIT

Shri. J. Suryanarayana aims to groom a new generation who can co-relate the values of Sanatana studies in contemporary world. His father, Shri. J. B. Sastry, instilled in him a love for study of both, Sanatana and Adhunatana (modern) disciplines. His traditional education spans Krishna Yajurveda Samhita, Vyakaranam and Advaita Vedanta. He has successfully completed the Maha Pariksha in Tarka Shastra (Nyaya).  He has a rare combination of modern as well as Vedic qualifications and is adept in languages of Samskrit, Telugu, Hindi, English, Tamil and Japanese. He has won the following awards for his work in Vedic Sciences: Shastra Kalanidhi by Governor, Madhya Pradesh; Tarka Ratnam and Vidwan Mani by HH Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swami, Head, Kanchi Mutt; and Veda Vidya Varishta by VSR Foundation, Hyderabad. His mainstream qualifications include BA (Samskrit), MA (Samskrit), MA (Nyaya Siromani), and MPhil, PG Diploma in Manuscriptology, and is currently pursuing Doctorate studies. His research work includes critical editing and commentary on ‘sAkshAtkAratva-lakShaNa vichAraH’ as a thesis in University of Madras commentary on ‘kAraka vichAraH’, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati critical editing of ‘Navyamata vichAraH’ and ‘pratibadhya pratibandhaka vichAra’. His diverse experience includes teaching at  Sri Venkateswara Veda Paathashala, Hyderabad; He is an adept online tutor including handling NRI students. Proficient at developing good audio video content, his clients include Hindupedia, Vyoma Pathashala.. His works have been published in śāstrārthadīpikā and māṇikyaprabhā magazines.