Padmasri SM Ganapathy Stapathy

Early Days: Born to Smt. Gowri and Shri. Muthu Stapathi on 26th April 1931 in Eluvankottai, Ramnad District, Near Rameshwaram, Tamilnadu Shri S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi hails from a very tradtional family of Stapathis. Who were traditional Stapathis from their fore fathers time, Shri S M Ganapathi Stapathi shared his childhood with three brothers and two sisters.
His brother Shri Sattanadha Stapathi is best known for his work in RajaRajeshwari Temple, Mysore Road, Bangalore built by Shri Shri Tiruchi Swamigal and many other temples in South India. His second brother Shri Muthiah Stapathi Padmasri Awardee in 1992 for Temple Architecture ( presented by Shri R. Venkataraman, then President of India ) is best known for his work for Adi Chunchunagiri Mutt, Hassan District, then advisor for HR and CE Department, Tamilnadu and many other temples in India and abroad. Shri Shanmugam Stapathi well known for his various temple works in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and else where also.
After initial training in Silpa Shastram which guides one in Matters of location, direction and disposition of buildings , where he mastered the art on traditional temple architecture. After on hands sculpting for 17 years, he was invited by Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams to take up the challenging work of dismantling and re-erectingVasantha Mandapam. After its successful completion, he was given the task of doing the complicated work of Ramalayam and Kalyana Mandapam at Badrachalam, Andhra Pradesh which became famous for its highly intricate stone work.
Sri Sankara Silpa Sala offers the services of experienced traditional Stapathis whose expertise is in the design of temples as per Shilpa Shashtra. The institute can undertake large volumes of stone work at one place. This is augmented by well trained and dedicated shilpis who have been with the institute for generations carrying the special skills, to complete any challenging design, preparation and erection work on time.

Hardship and Challenges:
Recognising his accomplishment and dedication, the then Government of Andhrapradesh created a special post of Chief Stapathi under Endowments Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh for him to look after all the temple works in Andhra Pradesh and he later retired as Superintending Engineer, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
He was called by Smt. Indira Gandhi to take up the Mahamantapam for Badrinath Temple under the Central Government, everything for which was prepared at Hyderabad and then transported and erected at Badrinath. In recognition and her appreciation of this magnificent work, Smt. Indra Gandhi presented Shri S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi with a chain of gold and a dollar worth sixty sovereigns.
When the Nagarjun Sagar was submerging as many as 48 of 1000 year old temples, no other Stapathi dared to do any thing about them, but Shri S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi sat down to plan and was able to shift all the age old temples to safer spots, earning there by appreciation of all concerned.
This was followed by a series of accomplishments and a host of awards recognising his acheievements, finally leading to setting up of Sri Sankara Silpa Sala at Kancheepuram under the blessings and guidance of H.H. Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekara Saraswathi Swamiji of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
S.M.Ganapathy Stapathi is blessed with two sons and five daughters. Looking at Sri Ganapathy Stapathy's dedication and commitment to Silpa Shastra, his sons Shri Shankara Stapathy and Shri Jayendra Stapathi have been inspired and blessed by H.H. Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekara Saraswathi Swami to continue their glorious family tradition in temple architecture according to the age old Silpa Shastra.