Sivako]tyacarya’s Va]d]daradhane (Veneration to the Elders) is the earliest extant prose work in Kannada language written by Sivako_tyacarya during 940 ce. This classical text reflects the oral tradition of narrating stories of legendary religious ascetics based on the gahas which were taken from Bhagavati Aradhana. This is a peculiar but commendable way of presenting stories of the senior and respectable ascetics combining oral and written styles of narration. Thus, Va]d]daradhane stands as an excellent example for an ancient classical text, fit for linguistic and cultural study. Each story in this collection, is wonderful in its own way. Generally, religious stories do not evoke interest but present a series of dull events. However, this text is full of incidents depicting human values, ways of wicked people, self-imposed vows, violence and non-violence and human life with all types of experiences. Another distinguishing feature of Va]d]daradhane is that there is not a whiff of intolerance towards other religions or faiths or sects and this is most remarkable when we recall that most of our early writings indulge in belittling doctrines of faiths other than their own. This positive attitude, in a sense, makes this religious text absolutely liberal and almost secular. Va]d]daradhane is now rendered into contemporary English by a team of writers and linguists. About the Author R.V.S. Sundaram was Professor and Director of the Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies at the University of Mysore. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Shubhachandra, a reputed Kannada scholar, was Chairman of the Department of Jainology and Prakrit at the University of Mysore. H.S. Komalesha is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Kharagpur. D.A. Shankar, a poet, playwright and translator, was Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Mysore, and is a recipient of many prestigious awards.