Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha Prathishthana

The mentor Sri Sri Vidyamanya Tirtha Swamiji and his disciple Sri Sri Pejavara Swamiji, who was hardly 25 years when they took up the challenging task of building the Vidyapeetha at the then remote Kattriguppa in South-West, Bangalore in 1956. Elders recall that Swamijis hanging jolige (satchel) on their shoulders went from house to house in the downtown and extensions of old Bangalore to collect donations from generous devotees.

With single-minded devotion towards Lord Sri Hari and an unwavering respect for sanctity of human life the Swamijis did a miracle in a short span of two to three decades.

Today, as you enter south Bangalore either from Basavangudi or from Mysore Road towards Kattriguppa, pleasant rhythmic waves of chanting Vedas, Upanishads, Shastras and verses praising the glory of lord Krishna reaches you and your heart. Over 500 ardent, devoted and intensely enthusiastic students are there to welcome you. The venue is Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha – a humble renaissance of Sanskrit education in the country situated at prime place in a 3½ acre plot in the garden city, Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha stands as a testimony for the tenacious efforts of two noble sages in providing an university atmosphere for free traditional education. At present the serene Vidyapeetha complex houses spacious research center, Sanskrit school and Collage, hostel, perhaps the biggest Sabhagraha in the city and a temple of Sri Krishna, Sri Madhwa Guru, Sri Vadiraja Teertha and Sri Raghavendra Swamy.


Gurukula: Nucleus of traditional and ritualistic Sanskrit education for an uninterrupted – 13 year course, first of its kind in the country, accommodates over 500 students. The student has to be minimum 9 years to get admission. The subject taught in the course include basics like Aksharabhyasa, Sthothra, Manthrapata, Higher studies in Kavya, Vyakarna, Tharka, Vedanta, Yagnik Karma, Pooja Vidhna and Sanskrit classics. His holiness Sri Sri Pejawara Swamiji himself teaches the disciples Nyaya Sudha, Chandrika and other Dwaita classics during the final year.

After 6 years of initial studies students are compulsorily encouraged to pursue secondary, under-graduate, graduate, and post-graduate courses to better their prospects in future life.

Both the Union and the Karnataka Government, after extensive evaluation and assessment on quality in teaching, interaction and proficiency in various disciplines recognized and commended the Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha as a model Gurukula in the country.

As a token of honor for the success and perfection in Sanskrit learning each student, after passing Sriman Nyaya Sudha Examination in the final year is bestowed with a scholarship – a Nidhi of Rs. 1.50 Lakh for pursuing further research and education in his lifetime.

Poornaprajna library: Held with higher esteem by scholars and research associates from all over the country. The 8,000 volumes in the library include Sayana Bhashya on Rigveda, commentaries on Gita, Srimad Bhagavata, Ramayana, Ashtadasha Purana, Sarva Moola Grantha, Brahma Sutra and other classics. Original works of Sri Jayatirtha, Sri Vyasaraja, Sri Vijayadhwaja, Sri Vadiraja, Sri Raghavendra, and other Sanths are compiled and kept for ready reference. Besides rare collections in English, classics in Kannada and Hindi form a part of the library.

Research And Publications: Poornaprajna Samshodhana Mandhiram ( Research Center) at the Vidyapeetha was established for higher research in Indian Philosophy in General and Dwaitha Philosophy in particular with benevolent assistance from the Union Ministry of Human Resources, New Delhi in 1995.

The prime objective of Samshodhana Mandiram is to cater higher research opportunities for students both from within and outside the institution. Vidya Vaaridhi equivalent to doctor of philosophy (Ph.D) is being awarded to scholars for applied research by the Rastriy Sanskrit Samshthanam, New Delhi a deemed university in-coordination with Mandiram.

Conservation, documentation, publication and computerization of rare original palm-leaf manuscripts and classics is another major assignment scrupulously carried out at the Poornaprajna Samshodhana Mandira.

P.G. Center: In addition to this Poornaprajna Samshodhana Mandiram has been recognized as post graduate center from Rastriya Sanskrit samsthnam, New Delhi. Scholars are encouraged to undertake research in Indian Philosophy, Vyakarna Sastra, Darshana, Meemamsa, Nyayashastra and other subjects.

Today, Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha Prathishtana has attained the status of a traditional-university. International and National seminars conducted at the Vidyapeetha throughout the academic year have been attracting scholars from all over India and abroad. There has been growing demand for admission to various disciplines of Sanskrit learning.

Vidyapeetha has grown into a movement in the propagation of Bhakti Sahitya and Dasa Sahitya. The annual conferences and Aradhana of great thinkers, composers-philosophers and Hari Dasas are drawing large audience of Bhaktas from various walks of life.

A visit to Vidyapeetha, as many people have said is an education by itself.

7 Responses to Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha Prathishthana

  1. mohan

    i like it

  2. vidyashekhara

    am searching the address of poornaprajna samshodhana mandiram. please you tell the address n contact no of the above center
    thank you

  3. admin

    It is in Banashankari 3 stage.
    Anyone will let you know the address if you go to Gandhibazar or NR Clony etv

  4. H.K..Srinivasa murthy

    Hari Om
    I want to know whether u have a seperate site for upanysa maalike and in perticular to hear the lectures from Dr.Nagasampige achar on khandanathrayagalu(mayavada khandana etc.) If so please give me the web site.

  5. rekha hebbar rao

    I like and respect the Vidyapeetha as a store house of Hindu knowledge and culture. However, Its ambience needs to be upgraded. The bathrooms and hand washing facilities are dismal. Compared to any church or a Hare Krishna Temple, it lags far behind. I appeal to the trustees to take a look around and see how it can be made beautiful with least expenditure. I as an artist and daughter of(late) Padmabushan K K Hebbar am willing to give my inputs and transform the entire area into a beautiful campus. I would like to get in touch with any of the Trustees. Looking forward to your reply. Thank you.
    Rekha Hebbar Rao

  6. Vinod

    Dear Shri.Rekha Hebbar Rao , Very nice to hear that you have come forward to provide a beautiful look for the campus.
    Before that please dont compare this institution to any church or ISkon type of other institution. I do Not to say that Hygene is not important. On a similar line, compare its scholarly potential to others, none has a better hygene (mental) than this institution. Having said this, Indian scenario in general public is poor in sanitation. Vidyapeetha is a place which was developed by purely public donations and is totally non-profit oriented. Profit is in terms of benefiting the public in terms of vedic culture and sanatana understandings. Most of the money goes to the cause of education religious functions, and such enlightenment activities. No one can match them in this respect, like knowledge in Vedanta etc.
    Keeping sanitation requires some funds allocation and continuous maintenance. As you have kindly and rightly suggested to come forward pl organise a decent team of hindu workers with proper financial package, on a regular daily basis. It should not cost more than Rs. 10ooo/- per month for maintenance of 5 -10 toilet outlets and Rs. 10 Lakhs for initial building cost if any. There is shortage such service-offerings from devotees in my best guess. Pl come forward and do it as a service to Lord Krishna and there by uplift the prestige of Vidyapeetha.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. b.gopalacharya


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