By the time he was five, his education
There was no school at that time in Ahiyapura. A scholar, Pandit Haradeva, was running
a school by name 'Dharmagnanopadesha Pathashala'. One-day Madana Mohan's father took the
boy to Pandit Haradeva for admission to the educational institution. Pandit Haradeva
looked at the boy and said: "Very well. Does the boy know any shloka (sacred
The boy went up to the teacher and touched his feet. He then bowed to his father; he
stood with folded hands and boldly recited a fine verse, which his father had taught him
every day. The teacher was pleased and asked the boy to sing the verse. The boy sang the
verse in a sweet voice.
The teacher was pleased very much. He laid his hand on the boy's head and exclaimed:
"You are indeed lucky! You will bring asting fame to your family; your family will
become great because of you."
Madana Mohana's education under Pandit Haradeva began. He was taught a work called
'Laghu Kaumudi' in Sanskrit. He got by heart several moral verses from the Bhagavadgita,
the Manusmruti and many other works.
When he was eight - Madana Mohana was invested with the sacred thread. His respected
father Vrajanath himself taught the sacred Gayathri verse to the son. (Investing a boy
with the sacred thread marks the beginning of his serious studies and disciplined life.
The Gayathri is a verse taught to the boy at this time.)