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Once upon a time… Adichunchanagiri is 66 Kms from Mandya. From nagamangala it is 21 Kms.It is noted for Bhairava worship on a hill. It was formerly a Natha panthi centre and is now a seat of the Swamy of Vokkaliga community. The place has a peacock sanctuary too.
Sri ADICHUNCHANAGIRI MAHASAMSTHANA is situated on a rocky hill at an altitude of about 3,300 ft., above sea level, 110 kms west of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, India.
This ancient “DHARAMAPEETA” has successfully preserved and propagated the Indian heritage through ages. Besides, the Math is striving for the welfare and betterment of the common people, particularly those of rural areas. Several educational and technical institutions have been started in different places of the State including a Sanskrit college at Sri Kshetra. The service activities have increased many fold ever since the present Swamiji became the head of the Math in 1974. At present there are twelve branches of the Math. Seven Maths receive patronage and more than 220 Institutions are managed by the Math through a Board of Trustees under the Presidentship of Sri Swamiji. About 6,000 needy students are given free boarding and lodging and about 30,000 students are provided with general and technical education.
“DHASOHA”, free feeding , is given for all the pilgrims who visit the Kshetra daily. On account of this service, the Kshetra has derived the name of “ANNADANI Math” and is referred to as such in this region. Very recently a magnificent building has been constructed known as “ANNADANI BHAIRAVA BHAVAN”, which has got 3 floors to serve as Dining hall, Prayer Hall and conference hall.
The social service activities of this Dharmapeeta also include providing Medical camps to the needy and less fortunate brothern of the region. Periodical free Medical camps are conducted in several rural places. A 1050 bed Hospital has been constructed at Balagangadharanatha Nagar which is situated in the interior rural area. This Hospital is equipped with the latest equipment’s brought from Germany and USA Since the majority of the population that is being catered to by this hospital is backward and needy, Sri Swamiji has seen to it that the diagnosis, treatment, medicine are all given free of cost. Even diet is being given free. Efforts are made to render the best of service to the needy rural people.Institutions have also been started to help the aged and to provide succour to the helpless women. The two such centres are situated in Bangalore and Mysore. There are more than one hundred rural women folk who have been provided with gainful employment.
Providing light and life to the Blind is yet another social service, that Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji has taken to his heart. For this purpose, he has opened a Residential school for the Blind and disabled at Archakarahalli, Ramanagar Taluk, Bangalore district. There are more than 150 Blind students who are given free boarding and education. These Blind children are also being taught arts, crafts, music so that they can earn their bread without being a burden to the society.
The Math is publishing a monthly magazine in Kannada under the life “ADICHUNCHANAGIRI” to spread the knowledge in the field of Spiritualism, Culture, Literature, and Agriculture etc…
Adhichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana at present is having twelve branches all over the State of Karnataka , in addition to the two Foundations aboard, i.e., one at Flint Michigan USA and another in Berlin, Germany.
Adichunchanagiri Math is patronising and supporting many other independent Ashram’s in Karnataka.
This Math belongs to all. So also its Institutions. The beneficiaries belong to all sections of the society and region. The many on going projects need whole hearted support. The selfless dedication of Sri Swamiji and his associates is worthy of appreciation and respect by one and all.