The Math



"Live like a Butterfly… take the best without destroying or hurting anybody but giving pleasure to everyone"

Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji

Born in a small village in Gubbi Taluk of Tumkur District, Mahaswamiji’s early academic achievements included earning distinctions in his Diploma Diploma with Distinction securing 7th Rank for the State and graduating in Civil Engineering. His spiritual calling led him to volunteer at a blind school, a path that resonated more with him than pursuing research at top engineering institutions.

Mahaswamiji’s commitment to service and knowledge extended to mastering Sanskrit and the Advaitha School of philosophy. He seeks knowledge as a student, not just as a spiritual leader. His dedication to progress is evident in his efforts to modernize the math’s administrative affairs, introducing a tech-friendly environment.

Before becoming the 72nd Pontiff, Mahaswamiji headed the Shaka (branch) Math at Chikkaballapur, where his selfless service and involvement impressed his predecessor. Mahaswamiji is influenced by the teachings of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, advocating Jnana, Karma, and Raja yoga paths for integral development. He founded the Foundation for Unity of Religious and Enlightened Citizens (FUREC) and actively participates in the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. Mahaswamiji’s writings reflect his desire to revive Sanatana Hindu Dharma and dispel myths and superstitions in society. He engages in counselling and guides those straying from the righteous path. He exemplifies the balance between tradition and modernity, providing an ideal for youth influenced by Western culture.

As the President of Sri Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust, he oversees a vast educational network, including 350+ Schools (90% Rural India), 20+ Sanskrit Schools and colleges, 100+ PU Colleges, 50+ Higher Educational Institutions and Special Schools for the Blind, Deaf & Dumb, benefiting 150k+ Students at any given point of time, 25k+ Students Graduating Every Year and 20k+ Teachers in shaping up the Future. His initiatives include the Establishment of Adichunchanagiri University – Multi-Disciplinary State Private University, & a Free Residential School for Talented and Underprivileged Students called SAMVIT. The Trust Offers 25 Crores+ Scholarships every year and 5000+ Students are under Free Education.

Mahaswamiji is known for his love of literature, nature, and simplicity. He envisions expanding the math’s activities, including medical colleges, bio-friendly energy systems, and research in various fields. His goal is to uplift the underprivileged, promote indigenous systems of medicine, and preserve medicinal herbs.

A devotee of detachment, Mahaswamiji believes in performing duties without attachment to outcomes. He seeks guidance from his Guru even after the Guru’s physical departure. With a blend of scientific knowledge and traditional wisdom, Mahaswamiji strives to contribute to India’s development. His leadership aims to create a progressive, humane, and practical outlook that aligns with spirituality. Under his guidance, the Mahasamsthana is poised for greater magnificence and splendour.

Recently Mahaswamiji received an Honorary Doctorate from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in 2023 Mahaswamiji’s efforts extend globally, with the establishment of the Adichunchanagiri Cultural and Spiritual Foundation of USA, which promotes Indian culture, spirituality, and intercultural dialogue, contributing to a harmonious multicultural society in the United States.

"There may be limitations in everything around us, but not in serving the Society"

Sri Sri Sri Dr. Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji

Unveiling the Tapestry of Time at Sri Adichunchanagiri


Nestled amidst the verdant hills of Nagamangala Taluk, Sri Adichunchanagiri Kshethra is not just a divine abode, but a tapestry woven with threads of history stretching back 2 millennia. Its majestic presence, perched 3221 feet above the mundane, whispers tales of ancient sages, celestial encounters, and a legacy that continues to inspire.

Echoes of Treta Yuga reverberate through the whispers of Sri Petha, a testament to Lord Shiva’s presence. This divine imprint imbues the land with an aura of sanctity, drawing pilgrims seeking solace and spiritual awakening. The verdant slopes, once known as ‘Mayuravana,’ were a haven for peacocks, their vibrant plumage mirroring the vibrancy of the spiritual energy that permeates the atmosphere.

Within these hallowed grounds, countless souls have embarked on journeys of self-discovery. Their austerities and unwavering devotion have left an indelible mark on the landscape. The very air here hums with the accumulated wisdom of these ascetics, beckoning seekers to follow the path to enlightenment. But Sri Adichunchanagiri’s historical significance transcends the realm of myth and legend. It has been witness to the rise and fall of empires, the ebb and flow of dynasties. Its proximity to renowned pilgrimage sites like Gommateshwara Kshethra, Siddalingeshwara Kshethra, and Melkote speaks volumes about its role as a cultural and spiritual crossroads.

The legacy of Sri Adichunchanagiri continues to unfold even today. From the towering Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math, a beacon of education and social service, to the vibrant festivities that draw devotees from far and wide, the Kshethra pulsates with life and faith. As you delve deeper into the rich tapestry of Sri Adichunchanagiri’s history, you’ll discover not just a place of worship, but a living testament to the enduring power of spirituality. It is a reminder that even amidst the ever-changing landscape of time, the pursuit of enlightenment remains a timeless quest, beckoning us all to ascend to the highest peaks of our being.

The Enchanting Enchantment of Sri Kshethra: A Mythological Tapestry

Deep within the whispering embrace of Karnataka, where the Kaveri River carves its emerald path, lies Sri Kshethra, a land woven from the threads of ancient myth and divine reverence. Here, legend and history intertwine, whispering tales of celestial blessings and earthly triumphs.

Eons ago, amidst the golden hush of Treta Yuga, the Siddhayogi, an embodiment of Lord Shiva himself, chose Chunchanakatte, nestled on the river’s verdant banks, as his sacred abode. His austerities resonated like silent prayers, echoing through the verdant valleys and painting the air with an aura of serenity.

Then, destiny’s chariot turned its wheels. King Dasharatha’s fateful decree sent Rama, the prince of righteousness, into exile. With his brother Lakshmana and the radiant Sita by his side, Rama traversed the boundless tapestry of the land. Their path, guided by an unseen hand, led them to Chunchanakatte, where they beheld the Siddhayogi in deep meditation.

Awed by the divine presence, Rama and Lakshmana bowed their heads in reverence. Their hearts, heavy with the weight of separation and the looming shadow of Ravana’s evil, poured out their prayers before the silent sage. The air shimmered, charged with untold power, as the Siddhayogi opened his eyes, pools of cosmic wisdom reflecting the universe within.

With a voice that rumbled like the celestial drum, he spoke, his words woven with the promise of divine intervention. “Your righteous quest shall bear fruit,” he intoned, “and the demon’s darkness shall be vanquished by the light of your valor.” His blessings, imbued with the power of a thousand prayers, enveloped Rama and Lakshmana, filling them with renewed faith and unwavering resolve.

Thus, Sri Kshethra became not just a sacred sanctuary, but a crucible where destiny was forged anew. Rama’s journey, etched in the annals of time, forever intertwined with this mystical land. And when, victorious over Ravana, Rama finally ascended the throne, a part of him remained at Chunchanakatte, a silent testament to the divine touch that graced this soil.

Later, as time spun its intricate web, Lord Shiva himself chose Chunchanagiri, a hillock overlooking the sacred Kaveri, as his new abode. Here, amidst the whispering palms and fragrant sandalwood trees, he established his divine seat, forever binding his celestial essence to this blessed land.

Sri Kshethra, therefore, is not just a geographical tapestry, but a canvas woven with the threads of divinity. It is a testament to the enduring power of faith, a whisper of blessings etched in the rustling leaves, and a song of divine intervention echoing through the ages. In every grain of sand, in every drop of river water, resides the memory of Rama’s triumph, the echo of Shiva’s presence, and the promise of divine grace that forever enchants this sacred land.