Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust (R.) was founded in the year 1974 under the divine leadership of His Holiness Byravaikya Sri Sri Sri Dr. Bala gangadharanatha Maha Swamiji.Following the ‘Guru-Shishya’ Parampara, his holiness Byravaikya Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Bala Gangadharanatha Maha Swamiji, 71st in the holy lineage, who ascended the revered seat in 1974. The benevolent activities of social service gained an accelerated momentum since then.
Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Mutt, with its roots firmly embedded in the folds of time (1500 Years), Space on Rocky hill, 63 miles West of Bangalore, the Capital City of Karnataka, has been working towards the betterment of human life and society.
Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri has a history of 2000 years of its existence. It is the holy land engulfed with the divine resonance and vibration. Ancient Vedic culture was founded here on spirituality, where Nature is valued and worshipped. It was Yagnas and prayers that inspired cosmic peace here.
Sri Kshetra is blessed by Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva performed penance at Sri Kshetra, during which he devoured two demons, Chuncha and Kancha, who were pestering elements of the area for a very long time. At the end of his austerity, Lord Shiva entrusted a Siddayogi, establishing a ‘Natha tradition’ and guided him to disseminate the righteousness in the society.
Lord Shiva also assured to reside in Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri, in the form of Panchalingas viz. Lord Gangadhareshwaraswamy, Chandramouleshwaraswamy, Malleshwaraswamy, Siddeshwaraswamy and Someshwaraswamy; of which Lord Gangadhareshwaraswamy is known as the ‘Presiding Deity’. Thus, Sri Kshetra came to be known as “Panchalinga Kshetra”.
Lord Kalabhyraveshwaraswamy, the manifestation of Lord Shiva, is the ‘Protecting Deity’ of Sri Kshetra. He extends his grace to all and bestows divine experience and liberation. Goddess Parvathi resides here in the form of Stambambike.
Sri Math serves free food to more than twenty thousand people every day. This feeding programme has earned the Math another name – “Annadani Math”.
‘Bindu Sarovara’ is formed naturally on the middle hill of Sri Kshetra. It is believed that this holy place is formed by the holy water, discharged by the Jata of Lord Gangadhareshwara, who is stationed a few hundred feet high above this lake. Dedicated devotees take a holy dip to dispel their ignorance and accumulated sins.
Sri Kshetra is surrounded by a beautiful forest, which appears to radiate an aura of abiding serenity, spiritual solitude and peace. This area is known as ‘Mayura Vana’, where enchanting peacocks live freely.
Millions look to this ancient Monastery, for both spiritual and mundane guidance. Apart from teaching spirituality, Sri Kshetra is set out to uplift the rural community through education and healthcare programmes – the two most pressing needs of the society.
Sri Sri Sri Dr.Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji
Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji assumed the holy chair of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Mutt in 1974. Poojya Mahaswamiji was truly an enlightened soul. He treated all the people alike without discriminating on the basis of caste, creed, gender or social status. His approach towards handling different problems was truly scientific and logical. He implicitly understood the importance of education to the masses in alleviation of poverty.
Poojya Mahaswamiji was a great visionary with a perfect blend of science and spirituality. He was primarily instrumental in establishing Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust that runs more than 500+ Educational institutions catering for about 130000 students across the country to impart quality education from primary to Professional Courses with a special focus on young people of semi-urban and rural areas.
Mahaswamiji had a vision of serving the humanity in eight fold areas of Adhyathmika (Spirituality), Anna (Free Food), Akshara (Knowledge), Arogya (Health), Ashraya (Shelter), Anukampa (Helping Hands), Aranya (Afforestation), Akalu (Cattle Protection) was exemplary and noteworthy.
Sri Sri Sri Dr. Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji
Poojya Mahaswamiji, unlike many other youngsters, had an inclination towards Spirituality, Science and Service rather than Materialism. He adapted an ascetic life in 1998 and underwent formal training in the traditional knowledge systems. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge is evident from his attitude in conferences and functions wherein he listens to the discourses on Vedas, Upanishads and other Shastras like an eager young student.
Poojya Mahaswamiji, aided by his educational background and interest in Engineering has incorporated Modern Technologies and revolutionized the functioning of all the Institutions of Shikshana Trust. He has taken up the initiative of introducing computerized working environment in all the Academic and Administrative activities of the institutions.
The Vision of Poojya Mahaswamiji is to follow the footsteps of his Guru, working tirelessly to “Preserve, Promote, Pursue and Progress with Passion in the Path of his Patriarch” His Holiness was conferred with “Doctor Honoris Causa” (Honorary Doctor of Science) by the University of Mysore, Karnataka in 2016.
Sri Sri Sowmyanatha Swamiji
As the Secretary at BGSKH, the progressive-chart in hindsight of our journey fills me with pride. At the same time, and more importantly, it humbles me with enormous responsibility endowed on us in chalking our forthcoming path. The learning we have had from challenges hitherto and how it will immensely guide us in developing the midas touch for our students in time to come.
Goes without saying, this would have been herculean-impossible without the persistent and enduring support of our entire staff.
BGSKH thrives on developing intellect in students with Discipline, Determination and Passion. This deeply merits their proficiency in doing exceedingly-well and meeting challenges of the contemporary society. Academically, the results have been extremely good with many students securing distinctions in all subjects.