Manish Rajan Walvekar serves as Assistant Professor and Centre Coordinator in the Amrita Darshanam ICSS, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bengaluru. His research interests are Pāṇinian Sanskrit Grammar & Cultural Symbolism. He obtained his M.A. (Sanskrit & Lexicography) from Deccan College, Pune and another M.A. (Indology) from TMV, Pune. He has published several academic articles in the reputed national, international journals and international conference proceedings. He has presented his research papers at many international conferences and had delivered several invited talks at state and national levels.


  • 2017 – Present: Ph. D. in Sanskrit (A Study of Verbal forms of Ṛgveda Manḍala IX)
    Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute Deemed University, Pune.
  • 2017: M. A. in Sanskrit & Lexicography
    Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute Deemed University, Pune.
  • 2018: M. A. in Indology 
    Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.
  • 2015: M. A. in Sanskrit
    University of Mumbai

Professional Appointments

Year Affiliation
Since July 2018 till the date Assistant Professor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore.
March 2018 – July 2018 Research Assistant, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune.

Research & Management Experience

  • 4 Years of research experience

Major Research Interests

  • Pāṇinian Sanskrit grammar, Cultural Symbolism, Mythology.

Membership in Professional Bodies

  • Marathi Vishwakosh Mandal, Govt. of Maharashtra.

Certificates, Awards & Recognitions

  • M. A. Sanskrit- First in the University (Deccan College Deemed University). Received the prestigious Sir Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar award.
  • M. A. Sanskrit- First rank. Received the Laxmibai Dwarakanath Naik Gold Medal jointly with the University of Mumbai.
  • H. S.C. (Arts) First rank in the Mumbai board as well as the Merit holder of Sanskrit.


Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title


Manish Rajan Walvekar, “A study of some peculiar Aorist forms in the R̥gveda Maṇḍala IX”, Prof. Ravindra Muley, Journal of Indian Intellectual Tradition, vol. XIII, no. 2, 2020.


Manish Rajan Walvekar and Bhole, M. Tanmay Jay, “A butterfly: An Indian perception with a literary view”, Prof. Devadatta Sarode and Dr. Suchitra Tajane (Ed.), Prachi Prajna, 2019.[Abstract]

A flying insect of the order ‘Lepidoptera’, distinguished from moth by their diurnalactivities and generally brighter colouring.” -This is the way almost all dictionaries describe a butterfly. But as we all know a butterfly in reality is a much livelier being than suchdefinitions. In many cultures a butterfly symbolises various aspects of life. In Japan it is seenas per sonification of a person’s soul, but, large number of butterflies is considered as badomen. Roman belief is a butterfly symbolises soul and in line with it ancient Greek word for a butterfly is ‘Psyche’ i.e. soul or mind. In some cultures it is also considered as a symbol of rebirth. Even Indian belief system (mainly folk-culture) associates a butterfly with someimportant aspects of life like birth, ancestry, marriage, deceased soul, death etc. The beliefsand customs associated to a butterfly are quite amusing. This paper will try to put a step as faras this symbolism is concerned.

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A. Gurjar and Manish Rajan Walvekar, “Sr̥eṣṭeḥ Mātr̥ugr̥aham- Kamalam”, Samarpaṇam, 2016.


Manish Rajan Walvekar, “Rāmāyaṇa Mahotsava: Rāmāyaṇācyā Pailuṁce Darśan”, Sakal Newspaper , 2015.


Manish Rajan Walvekar, “Yogotsava”, V.N. Suryavanshi & Dr. J.R. Patankar (ed.), Language Skills and Career Opportunities in Sanskrit and Marathi, pp. 27-30 , 2015.


Manish Rajan Walvekar, Kapare, D. Rupali, and Mandalik, D. Aniruddha, “Fayol āṇi Kauṭilya: Samanvaya”, Sciences in Sanskrit Literature, 2015.


Manish Rajan Walvekar, Balte, D. Bharati, and Shende, D. Sopan, “Rādhāmādhavavilāsacampūmadhīla Mahārāṣtrīya Kṣatriyāṁcā Itihāsa”, Campūkāvye: Samagra Avalokana, 2015.


D. Asha Gurjar and Manish Rajan Walvekar, “Andhakāre Bhojanm”, Samarpaṇam , vol. 11, 2014.


Manish Rajan Walvekar and Gurjar, D. Asha, “Ruia ca Saṁskr̥tanāṭyaṁ ca Etayoḥ Samāhāraḥ”, Samarpaṇam, vol. 09, 2014.

Publication Type: Book

Year of Publication Title


Manish Rajan Walvekar, Mahābhārata- Cultural Index- Volume Three Fascicule 2. 2019.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Publication Title


Manish Rajan Walvekar, “Fayol āṇi Kauṭilya: Samanvaya”, Dr. Rupali Kapare & Dr. Aniruddha Mandalik (ed.), Sciences in Sanskrit Literature. pp. 288-292 , 2015.


Manish Rajan Walvekar, “Rādhāmādhavavilāsacampūmadhīla Mahārāṣtrīya Kṣatriyāṁcā Itihāsa”, Dr. Bharati Balte & Dr. Sopan Shende (ed.), Campūkāvye: Samagra Avalokana. pp. 46-48, 2015.

Books (Edited)

  1. Editor of ‘Ratnamañjūṣā’- Felicitation Volume of Dr. Manjusha Gokhale, Published by Dr. Manjusha Gokhale Felicitation Volume Committee, Dept. of Sanskrit, Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai. 2017.
  2. One of the Chief Editors of ‘Saṁvāda’ (The yearly magazine of Dept. of Sanskrit, Ramnaraian Ruia College, Mumbai).
  3. Worked on the Editorial Board of interdisciplinary project of Dept. of Sanskrit, Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai ‘Praphulla hoūnī supuṣpa ṭhele’ on the Kālidāsa’s ‘Kumārasaṁbhavam’.

Research Grants Received

Year Funding Agency Title of the Project Investigators Status
2020 Rashtriya Sasnkrit Samsthan (GoI) Evening School Project Mr. Manish Rajan Walvekar Declined by the investigators due to the Covid-19 limitations.
2020 Sarfojiraje Bhosle Trust Vyākaraṇaśāstrācā Paricaya’ (Book, Language- Marathi) Dr. Shreehari Gokarnakar (PI) Mr. Manish Rajan Walvekar (Co-PI) Ongoing
2019 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham The Critical Edition of the Dakṣiṇāvartanāthā Manjushree Hegde, Manish Rajan Walvekar et.al Ongoing
2020 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham The Critical Edition of the Aṣṭādhyāyī Manish Walvekar (PI) Manjushree Hegde (Co-PI) Ongoing

Keynote Addresses/ Invited Talks/ Panel Memberships

  1. Chaired a Session at a National Seminar on "Sanskrit Grammatical Systems: History, Teaching Methodology and Trends of Research" organized by Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda on 10/01/2019.
  2. A series of 7 online-lectures on "Essence of the Bhagavadgītā" during November 2019 to December 2019 organized by Open Pathshala Edutech Pvt. Ltd.
  3. Delivered an online lecture on 31/05/2020 on "Symbolism of a butterfly and lizard in Indian culture" organized by the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. This was organized as a part of the series of 100 lectures on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the said University. The aforementioned lecture was 11th lecture in the series.  
  4. Delivered an online lecture on 27/06/2020 on "Career Opportunities and Ancient Languages" organized by the Killekars Foundation and Shilahara Pratishthan.
  5. A national level online lecture on the "Rāmāyaṇa" organized by ABVP, Maharashtra branch on 10/07/2017.
  6. An online lecture on "Butterfly in Indian Ethos: A Perception Beyond Symbolism" organized by Mythovolt, Mumbai on 18/10/2020.
  7. A series of 6 online-lectures on "Introduction to Sanskrit Grammar" in April 2020 organized by Open Pathshala Edutech Pvt. Ltd.

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Education- 1.
  • Cultural Education- 2.
  • Amrita Values Program- 1.
  • Amrita Values Program- 2.
  • Indian Classics for the Twenty-First Century.
  • Glimpses of Eternal India.
  • Glimpses of Indian Economy of Polity.
  • Message of the Bhagavadgītā.
  • Message of the Upaniṣad-s.
  • Introduction to Sanskrit Language and Literature.