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Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathshala

Place: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Updated on 30th Jan 2020

Initiation of Gayatri Mantra to 12 students of Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala

With the Divine blessings of Bhagawan Baba, the Yajnopavitam ceremony of the 12 students of Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala was performed on 29th Jan 2020 on the most auspicious  Panchami Tithi  (Vidyarambha Saraswati Puja) in the  Uttarayanam at Sri Sathya Sai Ghat ( the biggest Ghat in Rishikesh) surrounded by the lush green natural beauty and serenity of mountains.

Gayathri Mantra at Young age

Imparting the Gayatri mantra to young children is an important part of the traditional Upanayana Sanskara ceremony, which marks the beginning of study of the Vedas the essence of this ceremony, which is also called Gayatri Deeksha , i.e. initiation into the Gayatri mantra.

The Upanayanam Sanskara ceremony was immediately followed by the Veda Adhyayana of these students in the Divine presence of Bhagawan Baba. The trustees, senior devotees and parents of the students participated, blessed the students.

-Subramanyam Gorti, National Coordinator (Veda), SSSSO-India


October 12, 2019

With the Divine blessings of Bhagwan Baba, a new dimension was added to fostering Vedas and Vedic lore when the Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala unfolded in the Divine mission at Rishikesh on Oct.12, 2019.

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Karishye Vachanam Tava

The genesis of Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathshala goes back to the Divine visit of Bhagavan to Rishikesh when He visited North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi in the year 1982. He set His Divine foot on Rishikesh on Apr.09, 1982.  During this Divine visit to Sri Sathya Sai Centre near Lakshman Jhoola at Rishikesh, He inaugurated the exquisite building, now called Uttar Prasanthi, on the banks of river Ganga. He blessed the Bhoomi Pooja performed with Vedic ceremonies for a Vedapathashala at Rishikesh. He later called a meeting of some dignitaries and trustees of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust and gave guidelines to them about the Pathashala and guided them to adopt the curricula of Shukla Yajur Veda for the Pathashala giving its name as Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala.

It is Bhagawan Baba’s Divine will to establish the Pathashala that eventually paved the way as an offering of “Karihye Vachana Tava” (Act according to the Thy Command) when the proposal to establish the Pathashala was revived by the senior office bearers of the Sai Organisation during the inauguration of Sri Sathya Ghaat on the banks of river Ganga in September 2016.  By His Divine grace it is envisaged to promote this centre which would be scaled up to a Centre of Excellence in Vedic Education and Research at Uttar Prasanthi in Rishikesh over the years. The launch of Veda Shastra Pathashala is pioneering step toward this objective.

The inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala together with the commemoration of second anniversary of Sri Sathya Ghaat festivals took place at Uttara Prasanthi, Rishikesh in the lap of mother Ganga, the paradise on earth surrounded by the lush green scenic beauty and serenity of mountains. It was a unique two-day celebration, with the theme being “Aapah” (Water- being the lifeline of all the living beings) organised from the afternoon of Oct.11 to forenoon of Oct.13, 2019.  The devotees were blessed with a unique opportunity to participate in a host of spiritual activities and basked in the Divine glory of Bhagawan on the banks of river Ganga.

In the forenoon of Oct.11,2019, the two-day Vedam retreat commenced with Anujna or seeking the Divine permission of Bhagawan Baba and His blessings to start the planned activities followed by Maha Ganapathi Pooja invoking and worshiping of Maha Ganapathi seeking guidance and blessings for removal of all obstacles.

Punyahavachanam Lord Varuna was invoked to cleanse the Ritwiks and the devotees, seeking the three things of Riddhi (Development), Swasthi (Welfare) and Punyaham  ( Inner Cleanliness or Purification)   as blessings from him.  The Sankalpam (resolve) was done by all the participants along with the primary couples (Senior Office bearers of the organisation), explaining the purpose of yajna is for Loka kalyanam  ( Welfare of the World) and to get rid of all sins which are the root cause of all the sufferings. The Kalasha Sthapana (Installation of Kalasha) was dome with invocation of Lord Varuna in the 12 main Kalasha as per the methods by Maharshi Bodhayana.

Maharudram commenced with the recitation of Mahanyasa meaning Maha (great) nyasa (purification) is recited to purify the body, mind and soul of all the impurities. It invokes the deity of Sri Rudra in His many forms of Indra, Agni, Yama, Varuna etc. in the different organs of Ritwik (by touching the angas  while chanting). Such an invoking is done to seek the blessings of the Lord, and at the same time giving one and all a feeling of immediate presence of the Lord in the vicinity of the chanting. By doing Nyasa the respective Devathas are invoked by preparing oneself to be eligible to do the Pooja. (The Mahanyasam was codified by the great sage Bodhayana. Ravana performed great austerities and obtained mantra siddhi using this Nyasa before Bodhayana codified it. Pancha Bhootha Shuddhi is achieved by doing Nyasa. In Nyasa it is an attempt to control our Indriyas (senses) and surrender the same to the mind. Then we surrender the mind to the Aatma. Finally, we surrender our Aatma to the “Brahman”).

During the daybreak an exhibition on the Divine visit of Bhagavan Baba in April 1982 to Rishikesh titled Bhagavatah Divya Aagamanam Pradarshani was inaugurated by the All India President Sri Nimish Pandya. The exhibition also depicted the theme Aapah (Water) is source of life quoting Bhagawan Baba’s message on water and river Ganga.

The afternoon session began with Rudra Vidhana Pooja or invocation of Lord Rudra in the main 12 Kalasha using Rudra Vidhana and Trishati Archana (300 names) – offering of flowers as Archana to our most loving lord Sai Rudra with Pradakshina and Namaskara.

Maharudra Yajnam is a very important form of worship of Lord Shiva, the very Source of Cosmic Energy for the entire creation. His Divine form encompasses and extends far beyond all known and unknown galaxies and universes. Lord Shiva Is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent and Is the conqueror of death and an embodiment of infinite mercy, compassion and love.  Lord Shiva Is worshipped traditionally in the form of Lingam – resembling the replica of Brahmandam  or the entire universe is personified. If this Lingam is cooled (pleased by devotion), the universe is cooled (filled with peace and love). Abhishekam is the ritual that cools the Shiva Lingam and is dearest to His heart.

Rudrabhishekam was performed by chanting eleven avarthana (rounds) of Rudram and  Abhishekam simultaneously with water and different dravays ( materials). There were about600 select Veda Chanters both ladies and gents representing all the states of India participated in the Mass recitation of Rudram on Friday the Oct.11, 2019. It was indeed a blessing that the Rudrabhishekam coincided with the Pradosham on Friday (Bhrgu Vaara Pradosham) [Pradosham literally means the removal of sins (Pra – Remover, Dosham – bad Karma/sin) and very auspicious as praying during the Pradosha kalam is believed to free us from bad Karma and gives Moksha (liberation) hence the name Pradosham for Realisation of Self)]. This Yajna was performed for Loka Kalyanam and good of all mankind as well as to ensure Universal Peace and prosperity. It is, indeed, the good fortune of all the devotees that such a grand Vedic ritual was performed in a selfless manner in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan Baba, the very embodiment of Shiva-Shakti form of Absolute Cosmic Energy in its entirety.

The Sri Sathya Sai Ghaat was reverberating with the mass recitation of Rudram and the evening session culminated with soul enthralling bhajans titlted ‘Bhakthi Sudha’ rendered by lead singers from various states of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations of the country.  This uninterrupted sadhana of day one concluded with Ganga Aarathi followed by Mangalaarathi to Bhagawan Baba.
The morning session on Oct.12,2019 commenced with Invocation of lord Varuna and Chandika Parameshwari Maatha in all the Kalashas the Combined form of Goddesses Maha Kali, Mahalakshmi and Maha Saraswathi.

This form of Devi worship is explained in Markandeya purana and prevalently called as Chandi Paath, Devi Mahathmyam and Durga Sapthashathi. It comprises of 700 slokas segregated into 3 sections., viz – Prathama charithram, Madhyama charithram and Uthama charithram.It is one of the famous Puranoktha (mantras from puranas) homas performed from Kashmir to Kanyakumari seeking divine blessings  for victory in all phases of life.

This collection of 700 verses of Durga Sapthashathi or Devi Mahathmya or Chandi Path  describes the supernatural elemental powers of the Holy Mother of the Universe singing her glory and velour in her victory against all the evil powers, which is in turn considered as the victory or Good, Truth and Dharma over all bad qualities induced by Shatripus (Kaama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Mathsarya.) present in all in this universe.Goddess Chandika Parameshwari was invoked in the main Kalasha and 16 forms of Upachara was performed to the Goddess. The Mahila chanters recited the Lalitha Sahasranama Sthothram in perfect pronunciation and unison while doing the Lalitha Sahasranama Archana using Kumkum.

The Havan or Homam or Yajna are synonymous to represent the karma, offerings/sacrifice done with pure love and devotion in the Holy fire (Agni), reciting mantra/shloka of the God/Goddess to whom the offering/sacrifice is offered to. When such a Homam is performed reciting Sri Durga Sapthashathi to please Holy Mother of the Universe, it is called Chandi Homam. It was followed by various Homams that were performed in the following sequence.  Offerings made to the holy fire to please Lord Ganapathi, Navagraha Devathas was performed. Following that Chandi Paath Parayana and Homam was performed simultaneously to please Goddess Chandika Parameshwari. Maha Rudra Homam was performed following Chandi Paath to please Lord Rudra.

Maha Poornahuthi symbolizing total surrender to Bhagawan Baba was performed along with Vasordhara (Vasordhara is a form of prayer offered to Lord Rudra and Goddess Chandika Parameshwari, in which the recitation of mantra with the offering of Ghee (Aajyam) happens in the holy fire continuously). This was followed by Bhajans and Manglaarathi to Bhagawan.

Subsequently with the recitation of Vedic hymns, Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala was officially inaugurated by the Chief Guest (one of the officials of the accreditation body for VedaPathashalas under the HRD Ministry, Government of India) ,Dr. B.G.Pitre, former Director of EHV and Subramanyam Gorti, National Veda Coordinator, SSSSO, India. It was immediately followed by the inauguration of

Digital Library as well as the Prayogashala (Computer Lab) of Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala by Sri Sundar Swaminathan, Director of Radio Sai.

In the afternoon at 3:00 PM, the Sabhagruha (Auditorium) of Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathashala was inaugurated by the All India President Sri Nimish Pandya amid Vedic chants. A symposium was organized at the auditorium which was precluded by a beautiful theme song on mother Ganga in the form of an audio visual (produced by Radiosai in association with SSSSO, Maharashtra).

The theme for the symposium was Aapah (Water) because water is at the core of the sustainable development, and critical for socio-economic development, food production and survival of human beings. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment. The mankind today faces calamity after calamity. The cause is indiscriminate exploitation of mother earth and that is affecting the environment and ecological balance. It shows that greed of man overriding the need.

Bhagawan Baba always exhorted ‘Ceiling on Desire’ – In this context it is ceiling on consumption of resources is necessary in order to save the planet from the consumption disaster “.

To this effect, a brochure titled “Aapah” was also released by the All India President, Sri Nimish Pandya.

It is the urgent need of the hour to address this global crisis caused by either insufficient water or excess of flooding water. The planet earth has finite resources and the planet needs to be managed properly to pass on the legacy to the future generations. Ancient India had used the Vedic prescriptions that date thousands of years back, for sustainable planet and balanced ecology.  Reference to taking a leaf out of Vedic insight panel discussion was on ways to meet the needs of the modern society.

The topic of the symposium was “Contemporary Challenges of Environment, Ecology & Agriculture – Vedic ways to address these challenges for the sustainable planet as Vedas being source of knowledge” and each guest scholar delivered a talk about the topic. The guest scholars who delivered talks on the above topic include the Chief Guest (former professor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupathi), Prof. Chandrashekhar Mattur (former professor of Sri Sathya Sai College, Seshadripuram, Bangalore) & Dr. Anuradha Choudry (Asst. Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur). Subsequently a documentary film produced by Radiosai on Bhagawan Baba’s Divine Visit to Rishikesh was played. The symposium concluded with Mangalaarathi to Bhagawan.

The evening session commenced with the Vedic recitation culminated with a scintillating music program titled ‘Raaga Sudha’ rendered by the singers from SSSSO, West Bengal.  After that a ballet on ‘Dashaavatara’ was presented by the students of Sri Sathya Sai School, Rishikesh followed by heart soothing songs titled ‘Bhaava Sudha’ sung by a group of singers from various states of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations of the country.  The day two program concluded with Ganga Aarathi followed by Mangalaarathi to Bhagawan Baba.

The morning session of Oct. 13, 2019, witnessed plating of Vata Vriksha (Banyan Tree) titled Thapo Vriksham (Tree of Spiritual Austerities) at Uttar Prasanthi  which is verily the inspiration received from Bhagawan Baba. Sixty years ago, on 29 June 1959 and that too, a Poornima day, (i.e., the full moon day of the month) Bhagawan had blessed a similar Thapo Vriksham at Prasanthi Nilayam. Before the plantation of Vata Vriksha, Dakshināmoorthy Homam was performed to pleaseLord Dakshināmoorthy, the Guru of the Gurus is manifestation of Lord Shiva. It is none other than our loving lord Bhagawan Baba Himself.  The installation of  Dakshināmoorthy Yantra as well as planting of  Vata Vriksha sapling was done by Smt. & Sri Nimish Pandya, All India President as well as Smt. & Sri Ravish Khanna, Convernor of Sri Sathya Sai Trust, UP & UK along with the office bearers of SSSSO,India

A thick copper plate (Dakshiaāmoorthy Yantra.) of 9″ x 9″ inscribed with letters in Devanagari of great spiritual potency (Beeja Aksharas) was deposited in the earth at a spot specially chosen in the North direction at Uttar Prasanthi.  Previously, this Yantra was charged with Laksha avarthana (or One lakh or 100,000 times) of Dakshināmoorthy moola mantra in the immediate Divine presence of Sai Sunderaswara at Sundaram (Bhagawan’s abode) in Chennai by a group of dedicated devotees for two months.

 After the banyan tree was planted over this spiritually charged Dakshināmoorthy Yantra a Samuhika aahuthi  was performed for  Sri Sathya Sai Gayatri Homam.

 It was followed by mass recitation of Panchamukhi Gayatri (as demonstrated by Bhagawan) and Sri Sathya Sai Ashtottara Namavali.

Rishikesh – “Hrsīkeśa  is a name of Lord Vishnu composed of hrsīka meaning ‘senses’ and īśa meaning ‘lord’, thus ‘Lord of the Senses’.  This tree is quite apt to the name of the place “Rishikesh”. Over the years, this tree will grow into a mighty Dhyana Vriksham, the Tree of Meditation at Uttar Prasanthi and emerge as a spiritual centre a true replica of Prasanthi Nilayam in the north of India for the devotees   which itself will become the identity to the outside world (tourists) to receive Bhagawan Baba’s message of love and His blessings from Him for the success of spiritual pilgrimage.

It will be the Thapo Vriksham, the Tree of Spiritual Austerities in the years to come. Those who are in intense distress and are tired with the ups and downs of life, those who are on spiritual quest, those who ardently desire something pure, those who are progressing on the path of spiritual enlightenment – such people will gather at the feet of Sri Sathya Sai Dakshiaāmoorthy and attain tranquility, supreme peace and equanimity.

The two day Vedam retreat eventually came to an end after Bhajan and Mangalaarathi . The devotees had the bond of love with Bhagavan Baba and their parched souls experienced torrential downpour of Ananda in the profusion of His glory for two days of unabated sadhana on this historic occasion. They carried back home the blissful experience from Rishikesh.

AIP Message before the Inauguration

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Sai Ram

I am very happy to inform you that the Sri Sathya Sai Trust Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand with the active support and participation of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, India have initiated the establishment of the Sri Sathya Sai Veda Shastra Pathshala at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

The genesis of this Pathshala goes back to the Divine visit of Bhagavan to Rishikesh several decades ago when Bhagawan willed such a Vedapathshala to be established and even gave its name. The details are given in the enclosed prospectus. There is also an application form for admission to this Vedapathashala. This is an accredited Vedapathshala with the HRD Ministry of the Government of India and the students will have eligibility to join a regular college on completion of the course. Please go thru the details and share with everyone in your state and solicit admissions to this Pathshala. There are limited seats to be filled. Only eleven in number for the first year.

This Pathshala will be inaugurated at Rishikesh on 11th October 2019. Please contact Dr Pitre for further details and questions if any. Please grant your attention to this very important landmark and join the team at the inauguration.

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Loving Regards

Yours in His Service

Nimish Pandya

All India President

Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations India

“Transforming Self to Transform the World”

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Contact Person: State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Uttarakhand,


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