His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji

His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji is the 24th pontiff of Sri Suttur Math, established in the 10th century at Suttur, Mysore District, Karnataka. Swamiji who assumed the Peetha in 1986 at the young age of 29 years, had his spiritual training under the guidance of his illustrious predecessor H H Jagadguru Dr Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the founder president of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha, an educational and cultural organization dedicated to the ideal of providing education to the villages of Karnataka. He is responsible for establishing the ‘Bharithya Samskruthika Parishath’, at all India level, by providing collective leadership involving all the heads of different religions, with an aim to take up activities which could benefit the mankind.

EFFORT AS A RELIGIOUS HEAD

The following are the figures in brief

EFFORT AS A SOCIAL REFORMER - Expanding Educational Opportunities

Category
Institutions
Numbers
General Education Creches
Preprimary schools
Primary schools
High Schools
Sahana Schools
Teacher Training Institutes
CBSE School
Junior Colleges
Degree Colleges
Sanskrit Schools
Janashikshana Samsthanas
Karnataka Open School
School of Art
07
18
19
56
03
15
12
13
06
12
02
01
01
Technical Education Engineering colleges
Institute of Management Studies
Polytechnics
ITCs
STEPS
International Institute for professional studies
04
01
04
03
02
01
Medical Education Medical College
Dental College
Ayurvedic College
Pharmacy Colleges
Naturopathy and Yogic Science Nursing College
College of Nursing
School of Nursing
Institute of Speech & Hearing
01
01
01
02
01
01
04
01
Professional Education Law College (autonomous)
01

Efforts are made to provide value based education in all the institutions by giving importance to overall development of an individual through state-of-art facilities to make the learner a useful citizen to the country. Majority of the institutions have collaborations with reputed universities, industrial and research organizations within and outside India (USA, UK, Australia, Ukraine, Finland, Japan, France, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.) for many of their formal programmes. There are more than 60,000 students studying in these institutions.

EFFORT FOR ECONOMICALLY DEPRIVED

Free Education School
To provide education to the economically deprived section of the society, His Holiness has dedicated a free residential school at Suttur. There are more than 5,000 children studying in this school, irrespective of caste and creed, coming from different Districts of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. The school provides all modern facilities to the children with an outlay of Rs.15 crores. This unique institution was inaugurated in 2003 by H.E. Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, then President of India. It has drawn nationwide attention.

Special Schools for Physically & Mentally challenged
To realize the dreams of his mentor / guru Dr. Rajendra Swamiji for providing knowledge base for the physically and mentally challenged children, the following institutions are established.

Akshara Dasoha
The philosophy of Veerashaivism strongly believes in ‘Dasoha’, i.e., “Giving to the needy”. True to its philosophy, His Holiness is striving hard to practice this every moment in his life.

Mass marriages
Wedding ceremonies are a costly affair, especially in India. Majority of the parents face lot of difficulties in conducting weddings of their daughters. Economically poor people suffer more. Understanding the condition of such families, His Holiness has shouldered the responsibility of facilitating 200 marriages through the annual ‘Mass Marriage’ programme during the annual jatra mahtosav. All wedding arrangements are provided free of cost for 200 couples. Also the Math organizes monthly ‘Mass Marriage’ programme at Suttur.

Health Services
The JSS Medical Trust was established under the guidance of His Holiness, with an objective of providing healthcare facilities to the rural masses and economically poorer sections of the society.

Agri-based services to the farming community
A lot of emphasis has been given to improve the lifestyle of the farming community. With a view to usher in technological advancement in agricultural sector, Krishi Vignan Kendra has been established, in association with ICAR. The ICAR-KVK has implemented several new techniques like Vemiculture soil testing and online field demonstrations under SGSY, a programme at a cost of Rs. 15 crore, with the assistance of Govt. of India and Govt. of Karnataka, with the following objectives:

PROMOTER OF ART & CULTURE

His Holiness Sri Deshikendra Swaimiji, has been striving hard to restore the treasure of Indian culture & art. Parallely efforts are also made to pass on these treasures to the succeeding generations, by encouraging the younger generations to inculcate interest in our art & culture, through various initiatives.

Art and Culture

NETWORKED EFFORTS WITH DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS


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