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He was a disciple of Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. He was also the founder of Dharma Sangha in Varanasi where he spent most of his life. He was a teacher in the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Hindu philosophy. According to French indologist, Alain Daniélou, Karpatri initiated him into Shaivite Hinduism.
In 1948, Swami Karpatri founded the Ram Rajya Parishad, a traditionalist Hindu party. He led a movement against the Hindu Code Bill but he was unsuccessful in blocking it. He was also a prominent agitator in 1966 anti-cow slaughter agitation.
On 18 April 1948, he founded the newspaper Sanmarg which promoted Sanatan Dharma and also advocated the Hindu Code Bill and voiced opposition on cow slaughters.
Lutgendorf, Philip. 1991. The Life of a Text: Performing the Rāmcaritmānas of Tulsidas. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 384–387.
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