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Pidatala Sitapati, M.A. (Leeds), M.A. (Karnataka), B.Sc., L.L.B., I.A.S. (Retd.) was born at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh on 7th January, 1933. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and is presently working as Enquiring Authority with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The author was collector, District Magistrate, Chittoor, (1966-68) and Commissioner of Archeology, Archives and Oriental Manuscripts and Research Library.
He retired as Chief Secretary to the Governor of Andhra Pradesh recently, with the rank of Chief Secretary to Government.
A Student of Oriental studies, specialized in temple sciences, he is a keen archaeologist, journalist numismatist and secialist in Indian Art Studies. His publications include Sri Venkateswara Swamy Tirumala; Worship, Utsavams and Festivals in the Book-University series of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sri Kala Hasti Temple, Sri Ahobilam Temple, New Satavahana Sculptures from Andhra Amaravathi, Srisailam Khaifiyats Volume - I and II. He is the author of Command Area Development of India with special reference of Andhra Pradesh.
Sri Padmavathi Parinayam (translated from Bhavishyottara Puranam) and Tirumala Temple, a historical monograph guide to the temple, its history, art, and sculpture are also his recent works.
This book is very humbly dedicated to the twin lotus feet of Sri Lakshmi Sametha Venkateswara Swamy, the Ishta and Para Daivam of the author.
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