The Vidyapitham

Sri Dakshinamurti Seva Samiti

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"Even though it looks like a temple, it is called Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti Vidyapitham"

Puja of Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti is being conducted regularly in strict accordance with the Sastras.

Vidyapitham constructed for the inner growth of the vidyarthis (students) studying in the Ashramam and for the spiritual progress of the seekers residing in or visiting the Ashramam.

Special Features of the Vidyapitham

As specified in the agama Sastras, the Vidyapitham is situated in the south of the Town, on the bank of a river and in an area inhabited by sadhus.

The Vidyapitham is in front of the banyan tree amidst a natural formation of rocks. The banyan tree is of special significance to Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti, who is pictured as seated under the tree.

The idol of Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti is with the chinmudra, as a symbol of self awareness.

The idol of Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti is nine feet in height;There are five kalasas representing the five letters of the panchakshara mantra 'Namasivaya'. Darshan of the Adiguru and the 'vimanam' (roof) can be had simultaneously.

The six deities comprising of Sri Vinayakar, Sri Subramanyar,Sri Saradhambal, Sri Dakshinamurti, Sri Badri Narayanar and Sri Surya Narayanar have a separate sannidhi for each, where daily Puja is offered.

A special pathway for circumambulation the Vidyapitham, has been laid aesthetically.

The feature of the pathway is that even on sunny days the heat is not felt by those walking on the path.

A large number of devotees had written the Moola Mantras of all the deities installed in the Vidyapitham. These handwritten mantras, exceeding several crores, kept in a special containers were placed to the chanting of the Veda mantras, under the idols of the respective deities.

Entrance Door

Forty eight images of Sri Dakshinamurti as seen in various temples of Tamilnadu have been engraved on the entrance door.


  • Puja is offered to the deities five times a day from dawn to dusk.

  • Every morning there is a congregational prayer for the welfare of those who have helped in the growth of the Ashramam and for the welfare of the Ashramam residents and Sri Guru Sevaks.

  • On Thursdays and special occasions such as full moon days, pradosham, etc., congregational prayers are offered for the welfare of the devotees as well as for the world.

  • On every Thursday all the devotees participate in the congregational prayers, sitting calmly for about two hours. Such congregational prayers are being conducted joyfully and marvelously by the brahmacharis.



  • On the occasion of important festivals in our culture, like Tamil New Year’s Day, Vishu, Sri Ramanavami, Sri Sankara Jayanti, Sri Vyasa Puja (Guru Purnima), Sri Krishna Jayanti, Sri Vinayaka Chaturthi, Deepavali, sri Skantha Shashthi, Annabhishekam, Bharani Deepam, Kartigai Deepam, Dhanur (Margazhi) Masa puja, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Pongal, Mattu Pongal, Sri Maha Sivaratri, etc., special Puja is offered in accordance with our tradition.

Sri Brihaspati (Guru Bhagavan):

  • Most of the people consider Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti as one of the nine planets and Puja him in the place of Brihaspati. But actually, Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti is the Adiguru of Sanatana Jnana Parampara. According to our sasthras Brihaspati is the Devaguru.

  • To make devotees understand this fact, Sri Brihaspati is shown as worshipping Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti in the Vidyapitham.

Special Puja on Guru Peyarchi Day:

  • Every year special abhishekam and Puja are offered to Brihaspati on the occasion of gurupeyarchi when the planet Jupiter moves from one house to the next.