Maharshi Badrayan was an Indian philosopher who wrote the foundational philosophical treatise Vedanta School of Philosophy. He is regarded as having written the basic text of Vedanta system, the Vedantasutra, also known as the Brahmasutra. Therefore, he is considered as the founder of Vedanta System of Philosophy.
As there are almost no authentic personal details about him known till date, the date of Badrayan and his Brahmasutra is uncertain. Different scholars have different viewpoints regarding the same and several of them have dated the Brahmasutras variously from 500 BCE to 450 BCE.
The Vice-President of India, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, has recently conferred around hundred Presidents Certificate of Honor and Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards in New Delhi to scholar in classical languages.
The President’s Certificate of Honor was introduced in the year 1958 to honor the scholars of Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian languages. The award has been extended twice up till now. In the year 1996, it was extended to cover Pali/ Prakrit and was further extended to cover languages of Classical Odiya, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, Classical Tamil and Classical Malayalam.
The award is conferred by the Ministry of Human Resources And Development, Government of India in recognition of the outstanding contribution of various scholars of eminence over 60 years of age.
Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman distinction, introduced in the year 2002, is conferred by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India on persons in recognition of their substantial contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Odiya, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu and Classical Malayalam.
The award is given to selected young scholars in the age group of 30 to 45 years and carries a certificate of honor, a momento and a onetime cash price of Rs. 1 lakh.