Maha Kumbha 2013 : Govardhana Matha Puri

The Govardhana matha is located in the city of Puri (Sea Shore) in Orissa state (India), and is associated with the Jagannath temple. It is one of those four cardinal mathas said to have been founded by Adi Shankara, and is the eastern matha. As per the tradition initiated by Adi Shankara, it is in charge of the Rig Veda. Padmapadacharya was the first pontiff appointed by Adi Shankara.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Shri Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati ji Maharaj of Puri Shri Govardhan Peetham

Svami Nishcalananda Sarasvati was appointed by his predecessor Niranjandev Tirth in the early 1990s.Present pujyashri was born in a reputed Maithili Brahmin family of North Bihar and educated in various places like Haridwar, Varanasi, Shringeri and Vrindavan regarding Veda, Mimansa, Vedanta and Karmakanda.He took Sanyasa through the lotus hand of Karpatri ji.

The mathas or monasteries that till date exist in Puri can be divided into ten categories based on their different origin. They are:
  • Ashram
  • Khairata and Rajangila
  • Dasanami Monasteries
  • Monasteries of Catuh-Sampradaya
  • Goudiya Vaishnava
  • Utkal Vaishnava
  • Nanaka
  • Kabir
  • Monasteries of Modern Sects
  • Monasteries established by service caste, wealthy persons and ruling families
Activities of Govardhana Math
Peeth Parishad- Aditya Bahini And Anand Bahini. The Aditya Bahini institution of young males and Ananda Bahini Institution of females, is governed by the Peeth Parishad which has senior citizens as its members, presided by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Maharaj himself.The medical and voluntary services of Aditya Bahini during Puri Ratha Yatra are lauded by one and all. Shankaracharya Govardhan Ved Pathashala: The Peetham runs a Veda Path Shala to impart Vedic Education to students in a traditional manner. Presently around 30 students learn the Vedas in this Pathashala. Shankaracharya Govardhan Yoga Vidyalaya: Students learn Yogasanas in the Yoga Vidyalaya. These students have stood first in various competitions at State level Yogasana Competitions. Shankaracharya Govardhan Vyayama Shala: The Vyayama Shala trains athletes in various exercises. Shankaracharya Chikitsalaya: A dispensary is run by the Govardhan Peetham for the health-care of pilgrims and residents of Puri free of cost. Shankaracharya Govardhan Go-Shala: The cow-shed i.e. “Go Shala” extends services to around 70 cows. This service is not provided with the objective of milk or milk-products. It is done wholly as a religious service for cows. It aims to breed pure Indian breeds and to provide such pure breeds to farmers in the future. It also aims to develop various methods of medicine-making and manure-making from cow products.

1 Response to Maha Kumbha 2013 : Govardhana Matha Puri

18 December 2012 at 21:47

Wonderful pictures and very informative. Thanks for sharing your experiences.


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