Siddaganga Mutt, Tumkur

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" Sree Siddaganga Mutt is an ancient ashram, in Tumkur, fostering a continuous line of illustrious "Shiva Yogi Siddapurushas". The Mutt was established by Sree Gosala Siddeshwara Swamiji in 15th century A.D. Sree Siddaganga Mutt is a unique Gurukula providing education to more than 10000 poor children with free food and shelter, without any discrimination of caste or creed. The Mutt also runs a blind school & nearly 100 blind children are given free education & food with an independent hostel facility. The Mutt established Sree Siddaganga Education Society in 1962 & runs more than 130 educational institutions. The Mutt also organises annual Agricultural & Industrial exhibition for the benefit of farmers. His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji is the present head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur Dist. Born in 1907, Sree Swamiji has devoted more than 75 years of his age to the fruitful service of humanity, hard work and disciplined life. His concern for the poor and the down trodden are utmost. Endowed with sound collegiate education in English, Sanskrit and Kannada, Sree Swamiji has developed educational institutions in which the students are exposed to a wide spectrum of knowledge- right from traditional learning of Sanskrit to the modern science and technology "

Sree Siddaganga Mutt was established during 15th century A.D. According to history the mutt was established by 'Sri Gosala Siddeshwara Swamiji', Who belongs to 'Shunya Simhasana'. A Spiritual Academy at fame during the days of social reformer Basaveshwara.

The 'Siddaganga' is the name came when one of the Saints exercised his spiritual power and made the pond let in one of the caves of the overhanging hillock adjoining the mutt.

Present Head of the Mutt: His Holiness Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji is the present Head of the Mutt, who assumed full responsibility in 1941 by Sree Uddana Swamiji.

Sree Siddaganga Math with a recorded history of 600 years is located at a distance of 63 Km from Bangalore on Bangalore – Pune National Highway. Sree Siddaganga Education Society has established more than 130 schools and colleges mostly in rural areas providing education to nearly 45,000 students. The most difficult and meaningful institution is Siddaganga Gurukula (residential education complex) at Sree Siddaganga Math where more than 9000 poor children are provided with free food, shelter and education without any discrimination of caste, creed or sex. The education complex consists of Pre- primary, Primary, higher Primary, high School, Sanskrit College, a school for the blind and a school for the spastic children

The head of Sree Siddaganga Math is Dr. Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamiji who was initiated into the holy order in the year 1930. When he assumed full responsibility of the Math in 1941 after his Guruji Sree Sree Uddana Swamiji attained his heavenly abode, the strength of Gurukula was only about 200. There was no educational institution other than the Sanskrit School in Math premises. It is shear hard and devoted work of His Holiness that has brought the Math to its present stature.

His Holiness has completed 100 years of his valuable life on April 1st 2008. His Excellency Dr.AP.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India visited the Siddaganga Math to inagurate the 100th birthday celebrations of His Holiness (April 2007).

Dr. Abdul Kalam spoke about his participation in Sree Swamiji 100th birthday Celebrations when he addressed the Indian Parliament in New Delhi on May 10,2007 (occasion : 150th Anniversary of the Indian First of War Independence). He said “ His Holiness Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamiji of Sree Siddaganga Math of Tumkur is an example of spreading the message of giving. He has been on a tireless mission of socio-economic development and eradication of inequalities in education. He saw education and alleviation of hunger among the masses as an effective means to enrich human capacity which in turn would contribute to national reconstruction. His Holiness Swamiji has followed the footprints of his Guru of providing free boarding home to the students which is now serving the needs of over 9,000 students. In addition, about 2000 visitors to the Math are also provided with food. During the last seven decades Swamiji the founder of well over hundred and thirty educational institutions ranging from nursery to institutions of technology, pure science, arts , management, vocational and performing arts. On this happy occasion, a message of Giving came to my mind celebrating Swamiji’s contribution, I composed and recited a poem which I would like to share with you:

Radiating message on Giving

“O my fellow citizens,

In giving, you receive happiness,

In Body and Soul

You have everything to give.

If you have knowledge, share it

If you have resources, share them with the needy.

Use your mind and heart,

To remove the pain of the suffering,

And, cheer the sad hearts.

In giving, you receive happiness

Almighty will bless all your actions.”

I have come across many incidents where people have, Irrespective of their normal professional affiliations, Have come forward for great societal missions by giving. Our education system should lay the foundation among the young for evolving a conflict free, happy life resulting in an attitude of giving and giving. Let this tribe of citizens grow and grow"
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  • Siddhaganga mutt is a place where poor people are supported in education. We get to see few temples on hill top and at the base. Also has blind school  more »
  • The mutt is well known for Swamiji and the glory of the temple. It is also famous for providing free food (Prasad) for visitors and free education to thousands of poor children. Currently, swamiji...  more »
  • First of all this is not a religious place. For people who wish to go communal you have no room here. Don't mess with the religious touch. This place is a educational hub where thousands of children are provided education, food and shelter free of cost. This is a place of education worship. All are treated equal. There is no discrimination in caste creed, wealthy poor and so on. The seer here is carrying out a noble service.
  • Very Serene and divine place. People from all walks of life and all religions are welcomed and treated equally here. You can feel positivity when you visit here. Blessed are the people who study here. Food is also served to all the people who visit the mutt.
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