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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.

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In ancient times, this abode of green woods and small lakes enlivened by the wild peacocks and birds must have attracted Sages and Rishis for doing penance. Lord Gangadhareswara is the Presiding diety. Sri Kalabhairaveswara is the Kshetrapalaka of this Mahasamsthana. The Pancha Lingas, the Jwala Peeta, Sthambamba are all held in great reverence by the devotees. The peak point of this Giri [hillock] is known as Akash Bhairav and the scared pond is called Bindu Sarovar.

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Reference to this holy Kshetra finds a place in "Siva Purana'', in historical inscriptions and folkores. Legend has it, that Adi Rudra handed over the Kshetra to Siddha Simhasana and the Mutt. The present head, Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji is the 71st head if this Mutt. This has a "Guru Parampara'' of over1500 years.

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This ancient "DHARAMAPEETA" has successfully preserved and propagated the Indian heritage through ages. Besides, the Mutt 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 Mutt in 1974. At present there are twelve branches of the Mutt. Seven Mutts receive patronage and more than 220 Institutions are managed by the Mutt 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.

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"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 MUTT" 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Community marriages are encouraged and performed under the auspicious of the Mutt to save the people from incurring expenditure and thus prevent them from falling into debt. Sri Swamiji usually undertakes periodical tours for spiritual propagation, both within the country and abroad. Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Balagangadharanath Swamiji has visited Germany, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong Singapore, Malaysia etc., on spiritual missions. Sri Swamiji has exhorted the devotees in these countries to involve themselves in the services of the needy. Sri Swamiji has made extensive tour within the country as well. He has established new centres at different places in the country to help and to promote integration of various sections of the Society.

The Mutt 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.

AdichunchanagiriMutt is patronising and supporting many other independent Ashram's in Karnataka.

Below are but a few of the educational and other Institutions established and run by Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust [R].

Several Nursery, Primary, Middle School, High School and Colleges all over the State of Karnataka are being run.

Free and General Hostels are in Sri Kshetra , Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and a few other District Head Quarters for the benefit of Post Graduate Students as well.

There are good number of co-operative Institutions also.

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The present Sri Kalabhairaveswara Temple at Sri Kshetra was constructed long long ago. It was the long felt need of the Mutt and devotees, for constructing a new Temple in place of this . Sri Swamiji hither to was engaged in other social services activities and therefore could not give much attention towards this long felt need and was not able to take up this Temple project earlier. Swamiji has started its construction now. The Temple is proposed to have three Prakaras and will have Raja Gopuras on all the four sides. The Temple and the Raja Gopuras will be constructed according to the "SHAIVAGAMA SHASTHRAS" and a renowned temple architect of South India has been started and the foundation laying ceremony was held very recently. This Temple construction is programmed to be completed in about 5 years.

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So much of service to the society in such a small time was possible, due to the benevolent and untiring efforts of Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji. Sri Swamiji's thrist for service to the society is not yet quenched.

The Sri Kshetra is open to all. The activities ranging from spiritual exercise and propagation of Sanskrit by traditional and modern methods, to patronise folk art , folk music and folk lore. Among its several programmes, education stands foremost. Social and health services are rendered by many dedicated monks and devotees under the inspiring leadership of Sri Swamiji

This Mutt 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.

Donation towards the construction of Sri Kalabhairaveswara Temple are gratefully accepted. The donation enjoy tax exemption under "80G" and of income tax act. All donations can be made by cheques/`D.D./ Cash to "Sri Adichunchanagiri Mutt[Bhairaveswara Temple construction]" and sent to:

Adichunchanagiri Mutt,
Nagamangala Taluk, Mandya District.
Karnataka, India , PIN-571811.
Phone No. [08234] 67333/67444/67570

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Complied by Sudhir Gowda & Chethana N


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