Sutturu Srikshetra – Transcending Boundaries – Transforming Lives
Sutturu Srikshetra -The Abode of Spiritual Bliss
Suttur, known historically as “Shrotriyooru and Pradakshinapura”, is a village situated on the banks of the River Kapila in Nanjangud Taluk, Mysuru Dist. It is located at a distance of around 170 km from Bengaluru and 28 km south of Mysuru on NH 766, near Varuna. SH 84, which connects Nanjangud and T. Narasipura, passes through Suttur. The holy shrine of Adi Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Shivayogiji is the main Shrine at Suttur. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine throughout the year.
Sutturu Srikshetra – The Origin
Community life in India is closely linked with spiritual and religious institutions for thousands of years. Spiritual leaders have been the beacons and guiding forces in upholding the moral values in the progress of society as a whole. Jagadguru Sri Veerasimhasana Math, popularly known as Sri Suttur Math, is a reflection of and testimony to this rich tradition.
The Math has a long history of more than a millennium and is a multi-dimensional institution, which has contributed immensely to the cause of all round societal advancement. The activities of the Math encompass the following.
- Orphanages for the homeless
- Homes for destitute children
- Free student hostels for the rural and deprived sections of society
- Education in different branches of knowledge
- Rural development
- Healthcare services
- Promoting the ancient Indian system of medicine
- Supporting knowledge transfer in the agriculture sector
- Spreading of culture, literature and fine arts
- Promoting Indian music
- Spreading religious and spiritual values
- Social service
- Fostering Indian heritage and values
- Training spiritual and religious sadhakas, etc.
The founding of the Math can be traced to a fascinating historical event. When Adi Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Shivayogiji was doing penance on a rock in the middle of the Kapila River, King Rajaraja of the Chola dynasty, who was on his way to fight a war with King Rachamalla IV of the Gangas of Talakad, was passing nearby. At this point, King Rajaraja’s horse changed direction and brought the King to the place where Adi Jagadguru Sri Shivayogiji was doing penance.
Sri Shivarahtreeshwara Shivayogi made King Rajaraja realise the futility of war. The King heeded to the words of Sri Shivayogi and thus ended the hostility between Rachamalla IV of the Gangas of Talakad and Rajaraja of Cholas, which was about to break up into a large-scale war. The two kings became friends and later at the request of King Rajaraja, the seer graciously consented to establish a Math on the banks of the River Kapila at Suttur.
Touching the Lives of Millions
Jagadguru Sri Veerasimhasana Mahasamsthana Math can most aptly be described as an active ongoing movement to uphold the cause of social and economic justice, based on spiritual values and ideals. The activities of the Math have spread far and wide beyond a small historical village of Karnataka to touch the lives of millions within and beyond the boundaries of India, and, even to the distant shores of the other countries.
A quick look at the lineage of the Math brings to light the unwavering societal concern of its pontiffs. If the founding of the Math was incidental for establishing harmony and peace between the two warring factions of the region by its founder, the pontiffs who succeeded saw purpose in promoting the overall development of society.
Today, the Math is supported by the services of more than ten thousand dedicated staff working in its institutions. Presently, more than one lakh students study in its educational institutions located in both rural and urban centres. Nearly three lakh patients are treated in the hospitals and health centres every year. Millions of people participate in the spiritual gatherings and cultural festivals organised periodically.
The administrative headquarters are located at the foot of the picturesque Chamundi Hills, in the former princely and cultural city of Mysore. The Math is recognised as a significant mission which draws seekers of knowledge and wisdom in large numbers. The activities of the Math have drawn accolades from various quarters, ranging from commoners to the heads of states.
“Work is Worship”, the motto that guides the Math, is enshrined in its emblem. “Selfless Service” is the spirit of every task that the Math undertakes, and, since ‘service to the people’ is considered to be an offering to God, its purity and intention are of utmost importance.
The Math has grown over the centuries to be a multi-dimensional religious, social, cultural and educational movement. Spearheading the Math’s educational initiatives is Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP), established by the 23rd pontiff, His Holiness Jagadguru Rajagurutilaka Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, in 1954.