On 26 December 2021, the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR, Ministry of Education, Government of India) awarded Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami with its prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Distinguished scholars and invited guests from around the nation participated in celebrating this momentous occasion.
The ICPR is positioned under the Ministry of Education, Government of India. It presented its most distinguished award to Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami. By Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s wishes, Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami authored comprehensive commentaries on the Prasthantrayi – the Upanishads, Brahmasutras, and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as a vadagranth according to the teachings of the Akshar-Purushottam Darshan as revealed by Bhagavan Swaminarayan. By authoring these works he has provided immense contributions to Darshanic literature. Within the last few centuries in the field of philosophy, he is the one bhasyakar who has authored both a commentary on the entire Prasthanatrayi and a vadagranth. In addition, he has visited numerous universities, research institutes, and educational centers throughout the world. By engaging in dialogues on Vedic darshanas with scholars at these institutions, he has provided novel contributions to darshanic thought. To recognize these achievements, the ICPR decided to honor him for his tremendous work. The award ceremony was held after a three-day conference organized by the BAPS Swaminarayan Research Institute, Akshardham, New Delhi and sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research on the topic: ‘Various Dimensions of the Akshar-Purushottam Darshan and Recent Trends in Advait Philosophy’.