The Department of Culture, State Government of Andhra Pradesh (India), has given an Ugadi Award to Shri Pemmaraju V. R. Rayudu for his distinguished services in the field of Jyotish (Astrology).
The Award was presented by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy, and Minister for Culture, Shri M. Satyanarayana Rao on 30 March 2006, during the Ugadi (Telugu New Year) Celebrations held at Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad.
Daivagna Ratna & Jyotish Aradhakulu Shri Pemmaraju V.R.Rayudu was born on 7 September 1938 in Vizianagaram. He retired as Senior Scientist & Deputy Director from Defense Research & Development Laboratory (D.R.D.L.). He has been doing research in Hindu Astrology for the last three decades. He was a member of American Federation of Astrologers. He wrote a book “How to read a Horoscope”. In 1995 he worked as a consultant in Maharishi University of Management, Holland. His articles were published in many prestigious astrological magazines. He recieved Santanam Award in 2001.