PROJECTS / ACTIVITIES
The Foundation has brought out highly subsidized publications containing rare and valuable teachings of the Jagadgurus of Sringeri particularly those of Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal. These publications cater to the needs of various people, right from a common man who is interested in knowing his dharma to the advanced spiritual aspirant who is yearning for the ultimate truth. They offer lucid explanations and expositions on Sanatana Dharma, Karma Yoga, Bhakthi Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Kundalini, Meditation, Mental Worship and other topics covering the import of our Sastras. It is not an exaggeration to say that these publications will verily serve as a beacon light to sincere spiritual aspirants.
To promote our Indian heritage and Vedic culture, the Foundation honours eminent scholars on Tarka, Mimamsa and Vedanta Sastra. Selection of the scholars is done by Jagadguru Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahawamigal Himself. The scholars are honoured with cash awards, a shawl and a citation.
Meritorious students of Veda, Vedanta and Sanskrit literature are awarded with scholarships. An eminent panel of scholars selects the deserving students.
The Foundation conducts an annual inter-school essay competition in English for the award of Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal Rolling Cup and Shield and an inter- collegiate oratorical competition for the award of Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal Rolling Trophy. The main objective of these competitions is to inculcate moral, ethical and traditional values among the children and youth and the topics are on Indian Philosophy and culture. Nearly 2000 students representing major schools & colleges participate in these competitions. These projects have created a good impact on the students’ community.
The Foundation also sponsors the major expenses of a Veda Patashala located at Sringeri.
Regular lectures are being held to expound various Vedantic texts mostly on the works of Sri Adi Sankaracharya by eminent Pandits who are also honoured.
The Foundation sponsors the entire tuition fees of more than 70 girl students who are economically weak.
The Foundation also engages in the feeding of the poor and this is normally arranged with the help of the famous Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai.
Regular educational programs are conducted at various orphanages and free study materials and other required items are distributed to the inmates. Serving of a special dinner to the children at the orphanages forms part of all such programs.
The Foundation awards scholarship to 20 visually challenged students in association with Queen Mary’s College.
During any National calamity, the Foundation gives a helping hand by providing cash & material donations. The Foundation was actively involved in the Tsunami Relief programme in association with the Ramakrishna Mutt and donated a boat to the affected fishermen.
The Vidyatheertha Foundation aims to continuously expand its activities and noble projects and looks forward to the support of devotees and philanthropic friends.
All donations to the Foundation are exempt under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act.