Message from Hon. Chancellor

Message from Hon. Chancellor

Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji

We endeavor to uphold the noble ideals and traditions of our esteemed institution. Adichunchanagiri University has long been a beacon of learning and enlightenment, nurturing minds, and shaping futures. It is a place where the pursuit of knowledge is not merely an academic endeavor but a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

About Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji​

Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji, the Honorable Chancellor of Adichunchanagiri University, 72nd Pontiff of the esteemed Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math, and the President, of Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust® is a Spiritual leader who combines a distinguished academic background with profound spiritual wisdom. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from IIT Chennai, where he was awarded the Gold Medal. His dedication to knowledge also extends to Sanskrit, where he earned a Doctorate in Philosophy for “Natha Philosophy - A Cultural Study” from Gulbarga University. In 1998, he embraced an ascetic life, marking a significant turning point in his journey. His contributions have been widely recognized, and he holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Mysore and Rajiv Gandhi University.

Hailing from a humble village, Mahaswamiji displayed a brilliance that shone beyond his surroundings. Academic pursuits came naturally to him, but his true calling lay in service. Drawn by a deep compassion for others, he volunteered at the JSB Blind School in Ramanagara. This experience proved pivotal, etching a profound mark on his soul. It was here that the seeds of an ascetic life were sown.

Yet, Mahaswamiji's heart harbored another passion - music. The time spent at the JSB Blind School ignited a love for melody, and he dedicated himself to mastering a musical instrument. His dedication extended far beyond personal pursuits. At the Chikkaballapur Math, Mahaswamiji's selfless contributions left an indelible impression on his predecessor, Parampoojya Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Swamiji. But Mahaswamiji's influence wasn't confined to the Math's walls. Recognizing the need for well-rounded individuals, he ventured beyond, conducting enlightening classes for Civil Engineering students. His focus wasn't just on technical expertise; he equipped them with the knowledge to design not just sturdy structures, but enduring ones.

A firm believer in holistic development, Mahaswamiji championed the importance of strong communication skills. He took it upon himself to bridge the gap, nurturing young minds with invaluable teachings on moral values, ethics, and spiritual insights. In essence, he became an architect – not just of structures, but of well-rounded individuals prepared to navigate the complexities of life.

Mahaswamiji is highly knowledgeable in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta. He advocates for holistic development through the paths of Jnana, Karma, and Raja yoga, drawing inspiration from the teachings of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda. Mahaswamiji actively promotes Sanatana Hindu Dharma through his writings and counseling, dispelling myths and guiding those who have strayed from the righteous path. He serves as a role model for youth navigating Western influences, embodying the balance between tradition and modernity. As the President of the Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust®, Mahaswamiji oversees a vast educational network impacting over 150,000+ students and 500+ Educational Institutions including Schools, Colleges, and Special Institutions for the underprivileged. His initiatives include establishing Adichunchanagiri University and SAMVIT, a free residential school for talented students. Mahaswamiji has also modernized the Sri Math administration by integrating technology and emphasizing progress.

Mahaswamiji is known for his love for literature, nature, and simplicity. He envisions expanding Math’s activities to encompass medical colleges, eco-friendly energy systems, and research. His ultimate goal is to uplift the underprivileged, promote indigenous medicine, and preserve medicinal herbs. He continues to seek guidance from his Guru, Parampoojya Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Swamiji, even after his physical passing.

With a unique blend of scientific knowledge and traditional wisdom, Mahaswamiji strives to contribute to India’s development significantly. His leadership promotes a progressive, humane, and practical outlook grounded in spirituality. Under his guidance, the Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana is poised for even greater progress. Mahaswamiji has consistently delivered discourses on Science, Religion, and Spirituality at conferences across India and abroad. He has been invited to lecture at prestigious universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, and Penn State, as well as esteemed Indian institutions like IIT-Kharagpur, BHU-Varanasi, and IISc-Bengaluru. His influence extends globally through the Adichunchanagiri Cultural and Spiritual Foundation of the USA, which promotes Indian culture, spirituality, and intercultural dialogue for a harmonious multicultural society. In recognition of his contributions, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in 2023.

Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji exemplifies the harmonious integration of modern education and ancient wisdom. His leadership and vision continue to inspire and uplift countless individuals globally. His efforts to blend tradition with modernity, and spirituality with scientific progress, position him as a pivotal figure in advancing holistic education and cultural preservation. Mahaswamiji's contributions promise a future of greater understanding and cooperation in an increasingly interconnected world.

सा विद्या या विमुक्तये।
(Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye)
That is knowledge which liberates

Indeed, true knowledge is that which liberates us from the shackles of ignorance and opens our minds to new possibilities. At Adichunchanagiri University, we are committed to providing our students with an education that not only empowers them with academic excellence but also instills in them the values of integrity, compassion, and social responsibility.

तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय। मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय। ओं शांति शांति शांतिः॥
(Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya, Mrityorma Amritam Gamaya, Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi)

Lead us from darkness to light, from mortality to immortality. Together, we will strive to lead our students from darkness to light, guiding them on a path of enlightenment and self-discovery. Adichunchanagiri University, nurture their talents, encourage their curiosity, and inspire them to become compassionate leaders and responsible citizens of the world.

Dedication, passion, and commitment, Adichunchanagiri University will continue to shine as a beacon of knowledge, enlightenment, and service to humanity.