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Vishnampet R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (Tamil: ராமச்சந்திர தீக்ஷிதர்) (April 16, 1896November 24, 1953) was a historian, Indologist and Dravidologist from the Indian state of Tamil Nadumarker. He was a professor of history and archaeology in the University of Madras and is the author of standard text books on Indian history.

Early life

Ramachandra Dikshitar was born in the village of Vishnampettai or Vishnampet in Madras Presidency in an orthodox Brahmin family on April 16, 1896. He did his schooling at Sir P S Sivaswami Iyer High School at Thirukkattupalli and earned his bachelor of arts in history with distinction from St. Joesph's College, Tiruchirapallimarker in 1920. He completed his master's in history in 1923 along with a diploma in economics and obtained his PhD from Madras University in 1927.

Academic career

Ramachandra Dikshitar joined as a lecturer in history at St.Joseph College, Trichy. In 1928, he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Madras. He was promoted to reader in 1946 and made Professor in 1947.

Ramachandra Dikshitar specialized in Indian history in general, and Tamil history, in particular. He was a renowned Sanskrit scholar of his time.


Ramachandra Dikshitar authored a number of books on history. He was the general editor of the Madras University Historical Series. Some of his prominent works are:


Ramachandra Dikshitar died on November 24, 1953.


Dr. Nagaswamy, former director of Archaeology, Government of India, once said of Ramachandra Dikshitar:

Historical methodology

Ramachandra Dikshitar introduced a new methodology in the study of ancient Indian history. His book "Warfare in Ancient India" speaks of the usage of vimanas in wars in ancient India and claims that the boomerang was invented in South India. As a result, this book is widely referenced by the historians of the Sangh Parivar for its notes on vimanas and by Dravidologists for its theory on the origin of boomerangs.

He believed that the references to the vimanas were quite real as evidenced by his writings in "Warfare in Ancient India"

In his Origin and Spread of the Tamils, Dikshitar includes Australia and Polynesia among the regions known to the ancient South Indians thereby suggesting that South Indian traders might have at least had a general idea of existence of the Australian continent even before it was discovered by Portuguese and Dutch sea-farers of the 16th and 17th centuries.



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