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.Has been responsible for establishing âBharithya Samskruthika Parishathâ 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 mankind.


  • Has been responsible for providing momentum in the southern part of the country to support the effort of His Excellency Dr.A.P.G. Abdul Kalam, President of India being one of the member to start the âFoundation for Unity of Religionsâ (FUREC) and the Present President of an All India Level Organisation, along with leading religious heads.
  • Has taken the initiative of spreading Indian Spirituality & Culture in United States of America, by establishing a JSS SPIRITUAL MISSION at Maryland, USA.
  • Has involved in promoting the values present in Indian Tradition & Culture within India for the benefit of different sections of the society through various activities, like Retreat Camps, Celebrating the Birth Anniversary Functions of Saints of Suttur Math & Other important religious leaders, messages through house to house visits & Organizing of Fairs, Jatras for the benefit of urban & rural people.
  • Has involved in providing right directions to the leaders of the society & common man through constant interactions, which will help the society to bring in harmony.
  • Has involved in enabling the passing of knowledge present in our spiritual scripts & texts through publications & establishment of Vedic Schools & Gurukulas (School for Training & Religious Heads).
    Believing in the words of his Predecessor that “Ignorance is the root of all evils in the society and education is the sovereign remedy”, he has steered and guided JSS Mahavidyapeetha to become the centre of learning by guiding more than 300 Educational Institutions spread over in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

The following are the figures in brief

EFFORT AS A SOCIAL REFORMER Expanding Educational Opportunities

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
Technical Education Engineering colleges
Institute of Management Studies
International Institute for professional studies
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
Professional Education Law College (autonomous)

Efforts are made to provide value based education in all the institution 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. More than 60,000 students are studying in all t he above institutions.


Free Education School
To provide education to the economically deprived section of the society, His Holiness has dedicated a Free residential school at Suttur for the benefit of 5000 children irrespective of caste and creed coming from different Districts of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. The school provides all modern facilities to children with an out lay of Rs.15 crores. This unique institution has drawn the nationwide attention which was also inaugurated in 2003 by H.E. Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, the than President of India.

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 following institutions are established.

  • Polytechnic for Physically Challenged – first of its kind in India where an attempt is made to bring the orthopedically handicapped, hearing impaired and blind to bring them into the main stream of technical education with special gadgets which could facilitate the learning.
  • Schools for mentally challenged children at Bangalore and Mysore viz. ‘ SAHANA ’ to infuse confidence and skill required by these children have an equal life with normal people in the society.

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

  • 82 schools covering 10000 children of Yelandur Taluk (backward taluk of Chamarajanagar district) is provided with free Mid-day Meals every day under Akshara Dasoha scheme.
  • Nearly 10,000 children are provided with Midday meal in other 3 locations at Chamarajanagar, Ramapur and Shivapur centres.
  • More than 5000 students are fed every day free of cost in the free hostels run by the math under the aegis of the Math.

Mass marriages
Marriage affair being one of the difficult affordable activity in Indian community. It is very difficult for the parents to discharge this responsibility. For the economically poorer sections of the community, it is still worst. Understanding the situation and the need, His Holiness shoulders the responsibility of facilitating more than 200 parents to perform marriage of their sons and daughters free of cost at the central facility provided by the Math during Jatra, apart from monthly marriage at Suttur.

Health Services
Under the guidance of His Holiness, in order to provide healthcare facilities to the rural masses and economically poorer sections of the society, JSS Medical service Trust a registered Trust was established.

  • a 1600 bedded Hospital in Mysore serving as a teaching Hospital to JSS Medical College, Mysore
  • A Dental Hospital in Mysore with all modern facilities to treat 800 patients every day.
  • An Ayurvedic Hospital at Mysore and a Naturopathy Hospital at Coimbatore.
  • Primary Health Centres (PHCs) at Suttur and Hadinaru villages at Nanjangud taluk are managed by the trust under Arogya Bandhu Yojana.
  • The trust has taken up the programme of establishing a model health villages in collaboration with Narayan Hrudalaya of Bangalore (a household name for heartcare), Bharat Cancer Hospital, Mysore and Vikram Hospital, Mysore by adopting Sutturu Village.
  • Tele-medicine programme in one of the backward district of southern Karnataka is being implemented.

Agri-based services to the farming community
To improve the life style of the farming community, His Holiness has given lot of emphasis. In the field of agriculture to improve their technology, a Krishi Vigyana Kendra with ICAR association is established. Population of new Technology like Vemiculture soil testing and online field demonstrations are being implemented Under SGSY a programme of 15 crores with the assistance of Govt. of India and Govt. of Karnataka is taken up with an objective to

  • Identify 400 villages for seed production locally
  • 20 seed processing units at different Districts.
  • 50 Horticulture Nurseries and 20 Chawki rearing centres in the entire state have been established under SGSY implemented in two stages with the assistance of Govt. of India.


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

Art and Culture

  • A Sharana Sahitya Parishat at Bangalore with district units to propagate the Vachanas of Basava and other religious leaders.
  • A Sangeetha Sabha for promoting the Music and culture.
  • A Kala Mantapa for the promotion of various forms of art exists.
  • To meet the cultural needs of society, a community centre at Bangalore and Delhi.
  • To promote the artisans and to nurture the taste for artifacts among the younger generations, a JSS Urban Haat at Mysore is started.


With an effort to bridge the gap between east and west (spiritualism and materialism), His Holiness has traveled abroad on number of occasions to organize / attend (on invitation)various international workshops / seminars and conferences on spiritual and contemporary topics. Some of the important countries visited are UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Dubai and most of the European countries. Recently he has been instrumental in establishing a full fledged Spiritual Mission at USA and educational institutions at Mauritius and Dubai.


  • H H Dalailama, Spiritual leader â Buddism, Tibetian settlement in India â New Delhi
  • Himalayan Institute of Yogic Sciences, Dehradun â H H Sri Swami Rama
  • Prajapita Brahma Kumari Eshwari Viswa Vidyanilaya, Mount Abu â H H Brahma Kumari Janaki Dadiji
  • Art of Living, Bangalore â Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji
  • Sri Akshardham â Gandinagar, Gujarat â H.H Narayan Swami Temple
  • H H Acharya Maha Prajnaji, Surat
  • Sri Ni. Pra. Swa. Shivakumaraswamiji of Siddaganga Math, Tumkur, Karnataka
  • Sri Siddeshwara Swamiji of Gnana Yogashrama, Bijapur Dist.,Karnataka
  • Jagadguru Sri Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji of Sirigere Math, Taralabalu, Karnataka
  • Padmashree Sri D Veerendra Heggade of Dharmastala, South Canara, Karnataka
  • Sri Vishwesha Threertha Sri Padangalavaru of Pejavar Math, Udupi, Karnataka
  • Jagadguru Sri Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamigalavaru of Adichunchanagiri Math, Mandya District, Karnataka
  • Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Mahaswamji of Sri Avadootha Datta Peetam, Sachidananda Ashram, Mysore, Karnataka
  • Sri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Mahaswamigalavaru of Shravana Belagola, Hassan District, Karnataka