Focused Upliftment of Mankind and Society

Posted By : Anantha Narayanan K

Located in Nagamangala Taluk, Mandya District, about 100 Kms from Bengaluru to its West, Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math is engulfed with the divine resonance and vibration, to which millions look for both spiritual and mundane guidance. But, what makes this ancient monastery unique among other religious institutions is the way the Math directs its activities for the overall upliftment of mankind rather than confining mainly to Religious and Dharmic progress. Apart from spreading the essence of spiritualism to establish universal brotherhood and global peace, the Math sets out to uplift society through creating access, for the rural community, to Education and Health Care, the two most pressing needs. 

Ancient religious institutions in the country are known for their commitment towards the preservation and propagation of Indian Heritage through the ages. Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math is one such institution in Karnataka, to which millions look for both spiritual and mundane guidance. But, what makes Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math unique among other religious institutions is the way the Math directs its activities for the overall upliftment of mankind rather than confining mainly to Religious and Dharmic progress. 

Under the guidance of Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Padmabhushan Dr. Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji (Sri Mahaguruji), who was the 71st Spiritual Head of the Math since 1974, the institution has taken on its upward journey with rapid strides. The Mahaguruji’s efforts were focused on the ‘8As’ which stand for the eight basic necessities like Anna (Food), Akshara (Education), Arogya (Health), Adhyathmika (Spirituality), Ashraya (Housing), Anukampa (Helping hand), Aranya (Afforestation) and Akalu (Running Cattle sheds). After his demise in 2013, Sri Sri Sri Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji, who is heading the Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana as its 72nd pontiff, is taking forward the Math’s activities and Mahaguruji’s visions.

Located in Nagamangala Taluk, Mandya District, about 100 Kms from Bengaluru to its West, this ancient monastery is engulfed with the divine resonance and vibration. Apart from spreading the essence of spiritualism to establish universal brotherhood and global peace, the Math sets out to uplift society through creating access, for the rural community, to Education and Health Care, the two most pressing needs. 

Expanding the Vistas of Education

Education is the manifestation of divine perfection already existing in man and the Math believes that it is the ideal way to make people rise from the great slumber of ignorance. Often Education is considered as a “Sanjeevini”. It is viewed as an agent of social, economic, and political development. Realising the need, the Mahaguruji has initiated Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust (R.) with the main motto of imparting quality education. In fact, Akshara (Education) is one among the ‘8As’ focused by Mahaguruji.  As of 2017, the Math has established more than four hundred and thirty recognised and highly regarded educational institutions, where in more than one lakh thirty thousand students are quenching their thirst of knowledge; a significant number are from rural areas.

Several Schools are established in economically backward areas, to enable under privileged masses to get education, both in Kannada and English Medium. This has made the people to liberate themselves from the clutches of Ignorance and Poverty. These Institutions are supported with all the needed infrastructural facilities. The Math has taken necessary steps scrupulously to equip class rooms with Computers, Charts, Maps, Overhead Projectors, LCD Projectors, Telescopes, and other practical related equipment, for the inculcation of rational thinking and enabling them to face the challenges in the world of Science and Technology. Here, Prayer, Meditation, Yoga, Discourses are made compulsory, to imbibe the spirituality, in the young minds.

Orphanages: With a view to provide better life for the destitute children, the Math has started Orphanages at Sri Kshetra and Chunchankatte in Mysuru District. More than 3000 children are being given free education with all the facilities including food, accommodation, and clothing. In addition to formal education, children are taught different vocations, so that after leaving the school, they will be better equipped to face their future life.

Free Hostel for Poor Students: Having realised that establishment of schools and colleges by itself will not be sufficient enough for the rural children to pursue their studies; the Math has established Free Hostels throughout the State, both in rural and urban areas to facilitate poor children to pursue their studies without any hindrance.

Schools for Physically & Visually Challenged: At Archakarahalli, near Ramanagara, Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Blind Residential School was established. This institution is provided with modern infrastructural facilities to enable visually challenged children to rejoice the schooling and practical training. Even after their formal method of education, they are placed in different branches of Math. There is a Blind School at Cumbum (Tamil Nadu). They are taught with music, re-canning, basket weaving, etc., so that, after their schooling, The Math also runs Dumb & Deaf Schools at Mysuru and Cumbum.

Central and International Schools: They are opened to keep Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in touch with cultural heritage of India, with all International standards facilities. Some of the Central and International Schools run by Sri Math are BGS International Residential School, Nithyanandanagar, BGS International Public School, New Delhi, BGS National Public School, Hulimavu, BGS Public School, Kengeri, BGS Education Center, Mangaluru among several others.

Science Oriented Institutions: Understanding the importance of Pre-University Science Colleges, being a turning point in shaping the future of the student, the Math has given more thrust on establishment of Pre-University Science Colleges and as of now more than seventy such colleges are providing education.

Women Education: The Mahaguruji has set an unprecedented tradition by opening educational institutions exclusively for women at Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Thus, they are benefitted, in the process of improving their life and leading their life confidently on themselves.

Professional Courses: India’s vast pool of technical manpower has been its pride and is the foundation upon which national development has taken place. The Math has made to building up of technically skilled human resource through its many institutions. Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology, Chikkamagaluru, Sri Jagadguru Chandrashekaranatha Swamiji Institute of Technology, Chickballapur, Sri Jagadguru Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Institute of Technology, Bengaluru are some of the engineering colleges. Also, Adichunchanagiri Polytechnic, Chikkamagaluru, Gnana Vikas Polytechnic, Chitradurga, Sri Kalabhyraveshwara Polytechnic, Hesaragatta, Bengaluru, etc. were established for Polytechnics. There are Industrial Training Institutes and Job-oriented Courses Institutes too, to enable rural youth to acquire skills soon after their tenth standard education.

Physical Education: To provide physical education, the Math started BGS Colleges of Physical Education at Chickballapur and BG Nagara, Mandya. The main objective is to create awareness of the importance of sports, to create a pool of sporting talent, to provide sports event management training program, to inculcate leadership qualities and promote team spirit and like. Annual Sports Meet of Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust (R.) conducted every year, where more than 5000 students of Trust’s Schools and Colleges are participating in this event.

Medical Education:

Good health is the right of all the people. World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease”. Hence, Mahaguruji has decided to provide healthcare facilities for all and thought, to achieve this emphasis must be laid to impart the knowledge and skills, most relevant to the healthcare needs of the community and country on a whole and decided to produce the professionals in related areas. Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, BG Nagara, Mandya and Balagangadharanatha Swamiji - Global Institute of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru are the medical institutions of the Math.

To revive the traditional art of Indian medicine and educate the students in Ayurveda, the Math has established Sri Kalabhyraveshwaraswamy Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital in the year 1996 at Bengaluru. A new campus is coming up at Nagaruru, Nelamangala, Bengaluru North. College is situated amidst of calm and peaceful lush green atmosphere. A herbal garden with more than four hundred medicinal plants is maintained on a ten-acre land near the College.

Management Education: Management Education has become more important than Technology in development. The Math strives to develop business leaders with multiple skills, who can analyse business situations from different perspectives and exercise judgment to create workable solutions. First Grade Colleges were started in Bengaluru, Chickballapur, Srinivasapura, Chikkamagaluru, BG Nagara, Nagamangala, Channarayapatna and Mysuru.

Advanced Research Centres: Research is the core and strength of the nation. Basic Sciences and related research fields should be encouraged and supported. Realising the importance of supporting the research area, which plays a significant role in the country’s progress, the Math has established Research & Development (R&D) Centres in all its higher education institutions. All these campuses are situated in peaceful environment, with quality facilities and good performance having scope for personality development.

Adichunchanagiri University (ACU): ACU, BG Nagara, Mandya was established to promote and undertake advancement of higher education in Medical & Allied Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Management for increased access and equity for the aspirants across the globe in general to the rural population of the neighbouring Districts of Mandya. The six Constituent Colleges of ACU are Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences; BGS Institute of Technology; Sri Adichunchanagiri College of Pharmacy; Adichunchanagiri College of Nursing; BGS College of Education and BGS First Grade College.    

Health is Wealth

Healthy people create a healthy and wealthy society. ‘Arogya’ (Health) is one among the ‘8As’ focused by Mahaguruji and it sees universal health coverage as an initiative to achieve ‘Health for All’ objective. The Math is providing healthcare to every individual at affordable prices at different places of the state. It was Mahaguruji’s vision to give health to every individual’s door step.

The Math has started Hospital at BG Nagara, Mandya District. In 1986, a 1250-Bed Hospital became a Teaching Hospital, for Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), a College of Nursing and a College of Pharmacy. The hospital renders service free of cost for admission, investigations, treatments in the form of drugs and surgeries. Inpatients are provided free accommodation, investigations, treatment, and food. People from all over the state are benefited by the services provided by the Math.

The hospital has specially trained health volunteers. They visit villages every day, educate, guide the patients, and bring suffering patients to the hospital in the ambulance and get necessary consultation, investigation, treatment at free of cost and get them back to their places. The health workers particularly focus on healthcare of pregnant women, children, and people with cataract blindness. Patients are also referred from Medical Officers in nearby Public Health Centres.

The hospitals conduct special Eye Camps every week wherein hospitals provide cataract free intraocular lens. About 800 to 1000 cataract surgeries are done every month. The Math, through Hospitals organises many camps like, Jaipur Foot Donation Camp, Wheel Chair Donation Camp, Yashaswini Health Scheme for farmers, Free Eye Camp, Free Blood Donation Camp, Cancer Detection Camp, Free Cleft Lip and Palate Plastic Surgery Camp, Village Camps, besides implementing National Health Programmes like Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, AIDS Prevention Programme, etc.

Doctors and Paramedical staff visit the villages periodically in the radius of 50 Kms from the hospital for the detection and remedy of health problems. Annually, a team of 25 Medical Experts from United States of America comprising Plastic Surgeons, Paediatrics, Dentists, and Anaesthesiologists would visit AIMS Hospital and conduct free mega Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgery Camp, along with AIMS faculty. In the Camp, hundreds of patients are treated. Mahaguruji, being present personally would enquire and inspect the arrangements made and witnessed the surgeries in-person.

BGS-Apollo Hospital in Mysuru is treating the patients with the advanced equipment in specialised areas. BGS-Global Hospital is established in Bengaluru. The Math runs hospitals at other places like Ramanagara and Mandya with Primary Health Care Centres at several places. The Math has established ‘Ayurvedic College’ at Bengaluru for traditional method of healing. Nature Cure and Yoga are an integral part of an Ayurvedic treatment, being given to the needy at affordable prices.

Ancient religious institutions in the country are known for their commitment towards the preservation and propagation of Indian Heritage through the ages. Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math is one such institution in Karnataka, to which millions look for both spiritual and mundane guidance. But, what makes Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math unique among other religious institutions is the way the Math directs its activities for the overall upliftment of mankind rather than confining mainly to Religious and Dharmic progress. 

Under the guidance of Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Padmabhushan Dr. Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji (Sri Mahaguruji), who was the 71st Spiritual Head of the Math since 1974, the institution has taken on its upward journey with rapid strides. The Mahaguruji’s efforts were focused on the ‘8As’ which stand for the eight basic necessities like Anna (Food), Akshara (Education), Arogya (Health), Adhyathmika (Spirituality), Ashraya (Housing), Anukampa (Helping hand), Aranya (Afforestation) and Akalu (Running Cattle sheds). After his demise in 2013, Sri Sri Sri Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji, who is heading the Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana as its 72nd pontiff, is taking forward the Math’s activities and Mahaguruji’s visions.

Located in Nagamangala Taluk, Mandya District, about 100 Kms from Bengaluru to its West, this ancient monastery is engulfed with the divine resonance and vibration. Apart from spreading the essence of spiritualism to establish universal brotherhood and global peace, the Math sets out to uplift society through creating access, for the rural community, to Education and Health Care, the two most pressing needs. 

Expanding the Vistas of Education

Education is the manifestation of divine perfection already existing in man and the Math believes that it is the ideal way to make people rise from the great slumber of ignorance. Often Education is considered as a “Sanjeevini”. It is viewed as an agent of social, economic, and political development. Realising the need, the Mahaguruji has initiated Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust (R.) with the main motto of imparting quality education. In fact, Akshara (Education) is one among the ‘8As’ focused by Mahaguruji.  As of 2017, the Math has established more than four hundred and thirty recognised and highly regarded educational institutions, where in more than one lakh thirty thousand students are quenching their thirst of knowledge; a significant number are from rural areas.

Several Schools are established in economically backward areas, to enable under privileged masses to get education, both in Kannada and English Medium. This has made the people to liberate themselves from the clutches of Ignorance and Poverty. These Institutions are supported with all the needed infrastructural facilities. The Math has taken necessary steps scrupulously to equip class rooms with Computers, Charts, Maps, Overhead Projectors, LCD Projectors, Telescopes, and other practical related equipment, for the inculcation of rational thinking and enabling them to face the challenges in the world of Science and Technology. Here, Prayer, Meditation, Yoga, Discourses are made compulsory, to imbibe the spirituality, in the young minds.

Orphanages: With a view to provide better life for the destitute children, the Math has started Orphanages at Sri Kshetra and Chunchankatte in Mysuru District. More than 3000 children are being given free education with all the facilities including food, accommodation, and clothing. In addition to formal education, children are taught different vocations, so that after leaving the school, they will be better equipped to face their future life.

Free Hostel for Poor Students: Having realised that establishment of schools and colleges by itself will not be sufficient enough for the rural children to pursue their studies; the Math has established Free Hostels throughout the State, both in rural and urban areas to facilitate poor children to pursue their studies without any hindrance.

Schools for Physically & Visually Challenged: At Archakarahalli, near Ramanagara, Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Blind Residential School was established. This institution is provided with modern infrastructural facilities to enable visually challenged children to rejoice the schooling and practical training. Even after their formal method of education, they are placed in different branches of Math. There is a Blind School at Cumbum (Tamil Nadu). They are taught with music, re-canning, basket weaving, etc., so that, after their schooling, The Math also runs Dumb & Deaf Schools at Mysuru and Cumbum.

Central and International Schools: They are opened to keep Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in touch with cultural heritage of India, with all International standards facilities. Some of the Central and International Schools run by Sri Math are BGS International Residential School, Nithyanandanagar, BGS International Public School, New Delhi, BGS National Public School, Hulimavu, BGS Public School, Kengeri, BGS Education Center, Mangaluru among several others.

Science Oriented Institutions: Understanding the importance of Pre-University Science Colleges, being a turning point in shaping the future of the student, the Math has given more thrust on establishment of Pre-University Science Colleges and as of now more than seventy such colleges are providing education.

Women Education: The Mahaguruji has set an unprecedented tradition by opening educational institutions exclusively for women at Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Thus, they are benefitted, in the process of improving their life and leading their life confidently on themselves.

Professional Courses: India’s vast pool of technical manpower has been its pride and is the foundation upon which national development has taken place. The Math has made to building up of technically skilled human resource through its many institutions. Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology, Chikkamagaluru, Sri Jagadguru Chandrashekaranatha Swamiji Institute of Technology, Chickballapur, Sri Jagadguru Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Institute of Technology, Bengaluru are some of the engineering colleges. Also, Adichunchanagiri Polytechnic, Chikkamagaluru, Gnana Vikas Polytechnic, Chitradurga, Sri Kalabhyraveshwara Polytechnic, Hesaragatta, Bengaluru, etc. were established for Polytechnics. There are Industrial Training Institutes and Job-oriented Courses Institutes too, to enable rural youth to acquire skills soon after their tenth standard education.

Physical Education: To provide physical education, the Math started BGS Colleges of Physical Education at Chickballapur and BG Nagara, Mandya. The main objective is to create awareness of the importance of sports, to create a pool of sporting talent, to provide sports event management training program, to inculcate leadership qualities and promote team spirit and like. Annual Sports Meet of Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust (R.) conducted every year, where more than 5000 students of Trust’s Schools and Colleges are participating in this event.

Medical Education:

Good health is the right of all the people. World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease”. Hence, Mahaguruji has decided to provide healthcare facilities for all and thought, to achieve this emphasis must be laid to impart the knowledge and skills, most relevant to the healthcare needs of the community and country on a whole and decided to produce the professionals in related areas. Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, BG Nagara, Mandya and Balagangadharanatha Swamiji - Global Institute of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru are the medical institutions of the Math.

To revive the traditional art of Indian medicine and educate the students in Ayurveda, the Math has established Sri Kalabhyraveshwaraswamy Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital in the year 1996 at Bengaluru. A new campus is coming up at Nagaruru, Nelamangala, Bengaluru North. College is situated amidst of calm and peaceful lush green atmosphere. A herbal garden with more than four hundred medicinal plants is maintained on a ten-acre land near the College.

Management Education: Management Education has become more important than Technology in development. The Math strives to develop business leaders with multiple skills, who can analyse business situations from different perspectives and exercise judgment to create workable solutions. First Grade Colleges were started in Bengaluru, Chickballapur, Srinivasapura, Chikkamagaluru, BG Nagara, Nagamangala, Channarayapatna and Mysuru.

Advanced Research Centres: Research is the core and strength of the nation. Basic Sciences and related research fields should be encouraged and supported. Realising the importance of supporting the research area, which plays a significant role in the country’s progress, the Math has established Research & Development (R&D) Centres in all its higher education institutions. All these campuses are situated in peaceful environment, with quality facilities and good performance having scope for personality development.

Adichunchanagiri University (ACU): ACU, BG Nagara, Mandya was established to promote and undertake advancement of higher education in Medical & Allied Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Management for increased access and equity for the aspirants across the globe in general to the rural population of the neighbouring Districts of Mandya. The six Constituent Colleges of ACU are Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences; BGS Institute of Technology; Sri Adichunchanagiri College of Pharmacy; Adichunchanagiri College of Nursing; BGS College of Education and BGS First Grade College.    

Health is Wealth

Healthy people create a healthy and wealthy society. ‘Arogya’ (Health) is one among the ‘8As’ focused by Mahaguruji and it sees universal health coverage as an initiative to achieve ‘Health for All’ objective. The Math is providing healthcare to every individual at affordable prices at different places of the state. It was Mahaguruji’s vision to give health to every individual’s door step.

The Math has started Hospital at BG Nagara, Mandya District. In 1986, a 1250-Bed Hospital became a Teaching Hospital, for Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), a College of Nursing and a College of Pharmacy. The hospital renders service free of cost for admission, investigations, treatments in the form of drugs and surgeries. Inpatients are provided free accommodation, investigations, treatment, and food. People from all over the state are benefited by the services provided by the Math.

The hospital has specially trained health volunteers. They visit villages every day, educate, guide the patients, and bring suffering patients to the hospital in the ambulance and get necessary consultation, investigation, treatment at free of cost and get them back to their places. The health workers particularly focus on healthcare of pregnant women, children, and people with cataract blindness. Patients are also referred from Medical Officers in nearby Public Health Centres.

The hospitals conduct special Eye Camps every week wherein hospitals provide cataract free intraocular lens. About 800 to 1000 cataract surgeries are done every month. The Math, through Hospitals organises many camps like, Jaipur Foot Donation Camp, Wheel Chair Donation Camp, Yashaswini Health Scheme for farmers, Free Eye Camp, Free Blood Donation Camp, Cancer Detection Camp, Free Cleft Lip and Palate Plastic Surgery Camp, Village Camps, besides implementing National Health Programmes like Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, AIDS Prevention Programme, etc.

Doctors and Paramedical staff visit the villages periodically in the radius of 50 Kms from the hospital for the detection and remedy of health problems. Annually, a team of 25 Medical Experts from United States of America comprising Plastic Surgeons, Paediatrics, Dentists, and Anaesthesiologists would visit AIMS Hospital and conduct free mega Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgery Camp, along with AIMS faculty. In the Camp, hundreds of patients are treated. Mahaguruji, being present personally would enquire and inspect the arrangements made and witnessed the surgeries in-person.

BGS-Apollo Hospital in Mysuru is treating the patients with the advanced equipment in specialised areas. BGS-Global Hospital is established in Bengaluru. The Math runs hospitals at other places like Ramanagara and Mandya with Primary Health Care Centres at several places. The Math has established ‘Ayurvedic College’ at Bengaluru for traditional method of healing. Nature Cure and Yoga are an integral part of an Ayurvedic treatment, being given to the needy at affordable prices.

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