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Andhra University Emblem



Andhra University

The rising sun with its rays of light represents the University and its many faculties of study. The Lotus is the seat of both the Goddess of prosperity (Lakshmi) and the Goddess of knowledge (Saraswathi) and it is opening in the braking dawn. The sun's rays are surmounted by the Swastika, the ancient symbol of benediction among the Aryans. The outer circle of the Crest, with it s sixty four lotus petals, represents the sixty-four Arts and Sciences into which all knowledge was divided in the classical tradition of India. The ocean is the vast region of knowledge which the university should help its alumni to master.

The light rays holding the benedictory Swastika bring into focus our great motto, extracted from the Upanishads, "Thejasvinavadhitamastu", which means, "May the Divine Light illumine our studies"., Underneath this complex symbolism of knowledge is the Crescent Moon, esteemed in all religions; the Crescent is Kala a digit of the Moon, and Kala also means Art or Applied Science, or light and charm. Since the University bears the name of Andhra Viswa Kala Parishad, a corporation for the development of all the Arts in Andhra , the crescent above the name bespeaks the light and charm and beauty of Andhra.

The two serpents or Nagas represent the seekers and custodians of wisdom, who imbibe it from the lotus petals. Tradition also traces back the Andhras to the ancient Nagas, who wer worshippers of the cobra and had it as their heraldic symbol.

Dr. Cattamanchi Ramalinga Reddy, the founder Vice-Chancellor of this University chose this Emblem designed by Shri Koutha Ramamohana Sastry, which enshrines with a lofty Upanishad ideal:

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