Gorantla Venkanna

Gorantla Venkanna

Gorantla Venkanna

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Gorantla Venkanna (b: 1871 - d: 1947) was a well-known philanthropist, lover and patron of Sanskrit language.


He was born in 1871 in a small village Timmasamudram in Prakasam district of the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. His ancestors migrated from Murikipudi (near Narasaraopeta) to Timmasamudram. His parents were Veeranna and Punnamma. The family owned a large estate of of agricultural land.


From an early age Venkanna showed inclination towards Sanskrit language and literature, Ayurveda and Yoga. Sanskrit scholar Achyutanna Srirama Sastri was instrumental in influencing the interests of Venkanna.

Venkanna made a large number of donations to Sanskrit schools, libraries and scholars. He established a High school and Oriental School in Ongole and a Sanskrit school in Timmasamudram. All the students of these schools receive free accommodation and boarding facilities. The well-known library in Vetapalem known as "" received substantial contributions from him.

Venkanna also donated of land to a trust meant for the encouragement of Sanskrit teaching and preparation of Ayurveda products.

Venkanna was an ardent follower of Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, the freedom fighter and first Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Mahatma Gandhi was impressed by the selfless service, generosity and philanthropy of Mr Venkanna and visited Timmasamudram twice. Large donation of lands was made to Harijans in the presence of...
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