Prof. Vachaspati Upadhyaya was born in an illustrious Brahmin family of Jhauara village on the southern bank of Gomati River, 7 km west of Sultanpur , in Uttar Pradesh. He is a Bhardwaj Shuklayajurvedic Madhandin Dhanurupavedic Brahmin. The Upadhyayas are traditionally believed to be the most ancient residents of this village, which is known as the village of Brahmins. Therefore, it seems that the Upadhyayas themselves might have established the village. His family, stretching over generations, has produced a number of great and extraordinary personalities, whose lives and attainments have left indelible impressions on the heads and hearts of people who have either met them or heard and read about them.
Prof. Upadhyaya has attained mastery over the entire repertoire of knowledge composed and weritten in the Sanskrit language, including the Vedas, Rammer, Philosophy, Dharmasastras, the Puranas and imaginative literature. His greatness as a teacher and as an orator has been his ability to render the most abstruse concepts contained in the texts in the common man's idiom.
Prof. Upadhaya is simple, compassionate and humble. He represents a harmony of great character and scholarship. Indeed his way of life is worthy of emulation. He is always concerned about the welfare of his students and subordinates, many of whom occupy great positions in their fields today.
After paasing his B.A. (Hons.) examination, he joined Calcutta University for M.A. in Sanskrit ,which he completed in 1962. During his M.A. days he wrote an exceptional paper on Mimamsa Philosophy that gave him all applause. Subsequently, on the completion of his masters, Prof. Upadhyaya got enrolled as a research student under the esteemed supervision of Pundit Pattabhiram Shastri. He was further awarded his Ph.D. degree with distinction in 1967. Recognizing his academic achievments, he was awarded the D.Litt. by Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi in 1970. However because Prof. Upadhaya has been honoured with numerous other awards. However , as a true yogi,he does not attach any importance to awards. For him his devotion to Sanskrit and the Indian knowledge system is more important. Indeed the awards themselves attain significance by being associated with such a name. There is no denying the fact that Prof. Vachaspati Upadhyaya's reputation as the man and academician is worthy ofhigh adminitration and love.