by Ramaadevi Nagaraj
Malleswaram in Bangalore has always been the hubub of cultural and religious activities with so many halls like the Chowdiah Hall and the Adarsha Bhavan to name a few, catering to such needs. One such religious institution is the Malleswaram Sringeri Mutt in 6th Main between 11th and 9th Cross Malleswaram, Bangalore. Thanks to the philanthropists who have donated these lands, some with buildings as well.
Way back in the early 80’s this building was donated to Sringeri Shankar Mutt. The then Jagadguru of Sringeri Shankar Mutt, Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahasannidanam asked Veda Brahma Sri Yagnanarayan Shastry to look after the functioning of the Mutt. Many (old and young alike) have indeed greatly benefited from the Vedas, Upanishads and other religious discourses held here under the benevolent guidance of Sri Yagnanarayan Shastry reverently addressed as ‘Guruji’. Sri Guruji attained the Lotus feet of the Lord in the year 2004. From then onwards his son Sri Shivaram Gurugalu (who has Post Graduate degrees in Hindi, Kannada and Sanskrit to his credit) has continued the good work in the same footsteps as his revered father.
The building is now nearly a hundred years old. As change is inevitable this building too will get a make over for a new meditation and Yoga Center together with the religious activities it was conducting before.
May 25th 2007 was a red letter day for the residents of Malleswaram as the present Jagadguru of Sringeri Shankar Mutt Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahasannidhanam graciously agreed to lay the foundation stone for the new structure. His Holiness in his Anugraha Bhashana said that people should engage themselves in Dharmic activities (pertaining to Dharma i.e. righteousness) and that Institutions like this help to a large extent in being a guiding factor to learn and pursue such activities. This is an opportunity for many more in and around Malleswaram to make better use of this Institution (which should be ready in a year’s time) and thereby live up to the expectations of our Jagadguru.