JSS Mahavidyapeetha

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The inspiration and source for JSS Mahavidyapeetha is the Sri Veerasimhasana Math at Srikshetra Suttur, near Mysore, Karnataka, India. The Math was established more than a thousand years ago. Spiritual guidance of Adijagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Shivayogi Mahaswamigalu, the pontiffs of the math guide the people of the region and devotees both in India and abroad. In the past, when the region was under kingly rule, the pontiffs used to act as peacemakers, stopped wars and brought about peace in the region. Their main focus is on societal reform and change. They have been rendering yeomen service towards the social, economic and educational alleviation of the Indian society.

His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the 23rd pontiff of Sri Veerasimhasana Math, Suttur, experienced great difficulty in pursuing decent education. These experiences led him to improve educational facilities in the region, culminating in the establishment of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha in 1954. His Holiness was a firm believer in education as a solution for all the ills of society.

His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, the 24th pontiff and the President of JSS Mahavidyapeetha has brought most of the dreams and visions of His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji into reality.

Sri B.N. Betkerur

JSS Mahavidyapeetha, which made a humble beginning with a hostel for poor students has today, under the guidance, inspiration and leadership of Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, grown into an organization of more than 300 Institutions ranging from nurseries, schools and polytechnics to colleges offering Graduate, Post Graduate, and Post Doctoral courses in Arts, Commerce, Science, Law, Engineering, Medical Sciences and other Faculties. There are about 50,000 students enrolled in the various institutions of the Vidyapeetha and more than 10,000 employees. The Vidyapeetha is arguably one of the largest education providers and a leading employer in the region. Today, JSS Mahavidyapeetha is serving society through its wings of Publications, Rural Development, Spiritual Mission, and several directorates managing educational institutions etc.

Sri B.N. Betkerur
Executive Secretary, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore.