Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2015-12-23 22:27 Bengaluru: Bannanje Govindacharya is the pioneer of Ashtakas in Kannada and his contributions have taken everyone to the peak of spirituality, said Vishveshwara Theertha Sri Pada, Seer, Pejavara Mutt. Pejavara Sri’s statements came as he was addressing the gathering during the 80th birthday celebrations of religious seer Bannanje Govindacharya, organised by Bannanje Govindacharya Foundation at Dayananda Sagar College on Wednesday. Pejavara Sri said, he was the one who dedicated his whole life for the cause of Ashtakas and Vidvath. His preaching has reached many people throughout the world. The hard work and determination are the most essential qualities he has possessed to achieve the vidvath he hones today, he added. Meanwhile, Vidya Prasanna Theertha Sri Pada, Seer, Subrahmanya Mutt of Subrahmanya said, his life could be called as the ‘Panchamukhi Life’ where he has invested all his energy in uplifting veda, preaching, ashtakas, discourse and teaching. He is the one who dedicated his entire life for spirituality and spreading knowledge with the common people. His acharya skills are well-known among all segments of the people. His translation, 'Madva Vijaya' is considered as an epic work. The translation has never killed the actual meaning and mode of the original script and he has brought the real feel with meaning. For doing such a work, hard work and command over Sankrit are very essential, he said. Although he completed 80 years, his contribution and knowledge are as bigger as 800 years. Because of his noble qualities he has reached a big number of people in the world, Seer of Subrahmanya Mutt added. Erlier, Sri Raghu Bhushana Theertha Sri Pada, Balaguru Mutt, Theerthahalli said, Bannanje Govindacharya was not limited to any particular caste, but his contributions belonged to entire Hindu religion. “He has written several Ashtakarchane at our mutt. In our lives, we should not limit ourselves to his preaching, instead we should adopt his values in our lives,” he said. The five-day celebrations, inaugurated on Wednesday, December 23, witnessed the traditional drums and plays, which grabbed the attention of the gathering. Sri Sugunendra Theerta Swami of Putthige Mutt, Vishveshwara Sri Pada, Seer, Manthralaya, Viddesha Theertha Sri Pada of Barkuru, Vishwa Prasanna Theertha Swami of Pejavara Mutt, Bannanje Govindacharya and more than 800 people were present.