Principal Profile

Sivagama Visharada
A.S. SUNDARAMURTHY SIVAM

Principal – Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala
Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, Sri Sri Gurukulam,
The Art of Living International Centre,
21st Km Kankapura Main Road, Udayapura,
Bengaluru – 560082. Karnataka, India.

Email: [email protected]
www.vasmp.org / www.artofliving.org

Sri Sri Gurukulam – Agama School at a Glance

Parama Poojya Sri Sri Ravishankar Gurudev, with the grace of the almighty had established the Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, The Art of living International Ashram in the outskirts of Bengaluru in 1981. The Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala was founded by Poojya Sri Sri Ravishankar Gurudev in the year 2002. The patashala would cater to the needs of the students from all over the country to learn the Dravidian styles as well as all aspects of learning related to temple worship. In addition to this, general education is also given, so that they can make the temple divine light houses in modern world.

There are 240 students of our patashala, provided with free boarding and lodging facilities, within the campus. It has already become a centre of excellence, not only in Veda, Agama and Sanskrit, but also in Jyothisham, Saiva Siddhantha, Sangeetham, Yoga, Vedic Mathematics, Thirumarai, Shilpa Sasthra, etc,. Which are also taught here by skilled and experienced faculties. Other than this education, the specialized skills of each student is being analyzed and necessary steps are taken to improve it. The course is 1 year primary and 6 years main courses. The Students are prepared for the Oriental title “Sivagama Vidyanidhi” in the Fnal Year Examination of the Patashala, ‘Agama Pravara’ examination of the HRI&CE, Govt. of Karnataka. (Maharaja Sanskrit College, Mysore), SSLC & Samskrutha Bharathi Examinations Etc.

As a New Dimension in the Patashala’s Academic courses, a 03 year Saivagama BA Degree & 02 year Saivagama MA Degree Course by the Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati has been included. This improves the students’ knowledge in Gnanakanda of Saivagama.

A Veda Agama Research Centre has been set up for the students and teachers. The aim of the center is to conduct research in Shasthras, Agama etc., and the completed project work will be published by the Research Centre after proper peer review. Shukshmagama & Sahasragamas are the Main project assigned and taken up by VARC with the help of FIP & Kauai Aadhenam, USA.

About 130 of our Graduates are spread across the world in serving the Sanathana Dharma. Renowned Pundits of Our Patashala are presently in India, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore, Malaysia & Etc..

Thus Our Each and every step fulfills Poojya Gurudev’s Vision in bringing the modern world into the Ancient Tradit ion.

Experience

  • Hereditary High Priest [Guruthvam & First Sthanikam ] @ Sri Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple, Avinashi and more than 1008 Kumbhabhishekams conducted successfully all over India & Abroad. Thirty Two years of experience in MAHA KUMBABISHEKAMS, SHANTHI HOMAS, PRATHISHTA, UTSAVAM, TEMPLE RELATED FESTIVALS & RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS ETC.,
  • Every Year in the Presence of His Holiness Parama Poojya Sri Sri Ravishankar Gurudev, Sri Maha Chandi Homa Happens in the Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru. Since 1994
  • About 5040 Sri Maha & Shatha Chandi Homas, Since 1985.
  • 108 Gaja Pooja and Five Maha Yagam in Gowmara Madalayam, Coimbatore, 1985 in the presence of Sri Sundara Swamigal
  • About 560 National & International Weddings in Vedic Rituals
  • Every Year conducting Bramhothsavam [Car Festival] of Sri Bruhath Karunambika Sametha Sri Avinashi Lingeshwarar Temple, Avinashi. Since 1989.

Awards & Achievements

  • Awarded the title “AGAMA ACHARAYA” in Dravida Desa Brahmana Samskrit University, Trichirappalli on 31.03.1988
  • Conferred the title of “ SIVAGAMA GNANA THILAKAM ” in Agama Vidwath Sadas – Rathnagiri, Vellore on 12.10.1990
  • “SIVAGAMA VIDYA BHUSHAN” title awarded by the Commissioner, Hindu Religious Endowment Department of Tamilnadu Government on Behalf of the Agama Book Publication committee sponsored by Koonampatti Adeenam in Avinashi on 22.03.1992.
  • Received “AGAMAACHARYA” title by Sri Virupaksh Vidyaranya Maha Peetham, Hampi Vijayanagara Empire Rajaguru Paramara Peetham in Appreciation of his service, 15.4.1992.
  • Received “SIVAGAMA SELVAR” title from Perur Sri Thavathiru Shanthalinga Adikalar Thirumadam, Coimbatore on 24.09.1992.
  • Participation Certificate received in presence of Shankaracharya Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji of Sri Kanchi Kamakodi Peetam in Veda, Agama Silpa and Devara Thirumuraigal organised by the Kanchi Kamakoti Peeta Vyasa Baratha Kaladi Sadas Samajam during the year 1988 in Madurai and 1994 in Kancheepuram.
  • Awarded the title “SIVAGAMA CHEMMAL” by Thavathiru Sundaraswamigal, Peetathipathi of Gowmara Matalayam at Coimbatore in Apprication of his contribution to Sivagama service, 1995
  • Got a award of “VEDA AGAMA SHIRONMANI” for Shatha Chandi Homam in the presence of Sri Sri Dyananda Puri Swamiji (Gayathri Peetam Hampi, Karnatka), Salem, 1996
  • Awarded the title “SIVAGAMA BHUSHANAM” by Ministry of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment, Govt. of Tamilnadu at Avinashi. 2001-02
  • Awarded the title “Achiever Award” By Vishala Karnataka, Shaivagama Mandali, Bangalore.
  • Awarded the title “SIVAGAMA VACHASPATHI” by Sambamoorthy Sivacharyar Educational Charitable Trust, Chennai.
  • Awarded the title “SAMSKRUTHA PARIBHASHA RATNA” by Sri Manikkavachaka swami Thirumatalayam, Koonampatti Aadhenam, 2015

Conferences / Educational Programs

  • Agama Vidwath Sadas in the Presence of Thava Thiru. Balamuruganadimai Swamiji, Rathnagiri,Vellore in 1990.
  • Gowmara Madalayam Agama Sadas, in the presence of Dr. N. Mahalingam, Sakthi Groups, Pollachi. organised by Sri Sundara Swamigal, Gowmara Madalayam, Coimbatore, 1994
  • Tamilnadu Archakas Association, State Conference Agama Vidwath Sadas, Hindi Prachara Saba, T.Nagar, Chennai, 1995 Chennai Agama Sadas, Indian Institute of Indology, Chennai, 1996
  • Koviloor Andavar Vidvath Sadas in the presence of Koviloor Matadhipathi, Koviloor Adeenam, Karaikudi, 1997
  • Thiru Kovil Conference in Pillayarpatti organized by Shiva Sri Pitchai Gurukkal, Founder of Shivaneri Kalakam, Pillayarpatti, Thiruvannamalai Adeenam, Kundrakudi Adeenam and Alagappa University, Karaikudi -1997.
  • Veda Shivagama Sanskrit Sadas organised by Srimath Srikanta Shivachariya Veda Shivagama Vidya Peetam, Karaikal, 2000
  • World Sanskrit Conference- 2001 Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. 2001
  • Sri Kanta Viganasar Narpani Mandram, Sri Sundarar Agama Vidwa Sadas, organized by Sri Alala sundarar madalayam, Thirunavaloor, 2001
  • Sri Kanchi Kamakodi Peedam in Veda, Agama Silpa and Devara Thirumuraigal organised by the Kanchi Kamakoti Peeta Vyasa Baratha Kaladi Sadas Samajam during the year 2002 in Kanchipuram.
  • Chidhambaram Sivavidyothsavam Seminar Conducted in Annamalai University, Chidambaram, TN. 2008
  • National Seminar Agamas – on Theory & Practice Organized by Sanskrit Dept., Madras University – 2009
  • Sri Vaishnava & Shaivagama Vidvad Sadas International Seminar @ Singapore Conducted by Hindu Endowment Board, Singapore. 2009
  • Veda Agama Vidwath Seminar & 1st Convocation of Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala in the Divine Presence of Poojya Sri Dayananda Saraswathi Swamiji, Arshya Vidya Gurukulam, USA.
  • Saivagama Publication Project Meet – 2012 at Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, Bengaluru
  • Veda Agama Vidwath Seminar & 2nd Convocation of Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala in the Divine Presence Sri Omkarananda Swamigal, Chidbavananda Ashram, Theni, TN.
  • The Regional Traditional Scholars Meet – 2013 Organized by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
  • Akila Bharathiya Vidwad Sadas – 2014 @ Nagpur
  • Veda Agama Vidwath Seminar & 3rd Convocation of Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala in the Divine Presence of Poojya Sri Kumaraswamy Thambiran Maha Swamigal, Dharmapuram Aadhenam, Tamilnadu .
  • Seminar & Workshop on Introduction and Study of Manuscriptology – 2014 at Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, Bengaluru
  • Shastric and Prayogic Elements of Agama – 2015 @ Kanchipuram
  • National Seminar on Agama – 2015 Organasied by Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Tirupati
  • World Sanskrit Conference @ Bangkok, Thailand. July – 2015

Saivagama Refresh Courses

  • Refresh Course of Veda, Agama, conducted by Agama Book Publication Commitee, 50 Students are participated in this course at Sri Kasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple, Vellore, 1987
  • Refresh Course of Veda, Agama conducted by Agama Book Publication committee sponsered by Koonampatti Adeenam, covered by 16 centers in Coimbatore and Erode District, on 22.03.1992.
  • Refresh Course of Veda, Agama conducted by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, 125 students participated in this course, Sri Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple, Avinashi. 2001-02. Agama Seminar @ Madras University, Chennai. 2010

Paper Presentations

  • “Saivagama Mahima “ @ Sanskrit College, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. Aug – 2014
  • “Navarathri Mahima” @ Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru. Oct – 2015
  • Agama Seminar @ SCSVMC University Kanchipuram With the Collaboration of IGNCA New Delhi. Jan – 2015.

Maha Rudra Yagams

[Organizing / Participation]

  • Maha Rudra Japam, Rameswaram, 1995 Maha Rudra Japam, Sri Mallikaarjuna Swami Temple, Sri Sailam, Jyothirlingam, Andhra Pradesh, 1996
  • Maha Rudra Yagam, Sri Kasi Viswanath Mandir, in the presence of Sri Tribuvan Puri Goswami Swamiji, Kashi. – Varanashi 1997 U.P.
  • Maha Rudra Yagam, Sri Maha Kaleswar Temple, Ujjaini (Jyothirlingam, Madhya Pradesh),1998
  • Omkareswara Temple, Om Kareshaar (Jyothirlingam, Madhya Pradesh), 1998.
  • Maha Rudra Yagam in the presence of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Shivapuri Maha Swamiji Omkar Ashram Maha Samsthana, Bengaluru, 1998
  • Sri Athirudra Maha Yagam – Thiruvallur – 2009 In the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji.
  • Sri Maha Rudra Yagna @ The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru in the Divine Presence of Sri Sri Ravishakar Gurudev in 2013

High level Kumbhabhishekams & Experiences. 

[Organizing & Participation]

  • Sri Gnanakshi Sri Rajarajeswari Temple Sri Rajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore, 1992. (Participation of Ritual Inauguration and Consecration)
  • Sri Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Pillayarpatti 1995.
  • Shatha Chandi Maha Yagam in the presence of Sringeri Sri Sharadha Peetathipathi Jagathguru Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Sankaracharya Maha Swamigal, conducted by Sri Sri Bala Gangadharanatha Maha Swamiji, Sri Adi Chunchanagiri Maha Samasthana, Sringeri, 1998
  • Shatha Chandi Homam, Arulmigu Balamurugan Temple in the presence of Sri Balamuruganadimai, Rathnagiri, 1999
  • Sri Vishalakshi Temple Kumbaabisekam, Kashi, Varanashi U.P, 1997
  • Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Palani, 2000
  • Sri Skanda Yagam, Arulmigu Balamurugan Temple in the presence of Sri Balamuruganadimai, Rathnagiri, 2000
  • Puri Jaganathar Temple, Maha Vishnu Yagam in the presence of Sri Sri Shankarachariya Swamiji, Poorvam Naya Shankara Mutt, Puri – Bhuvaneswar, Orissa State, 2000
  • The Art of Living Ashram International Function, Maha Shivaratri Pooja, Rishikesh, U.P,2000.
  • Sri Krishna Temple, Maha Sudarshana Yaga, Dwaraka, Gujarat, 2000
  • Sri Avinashi Lingeswar Temple Kumbhabhishekam, Avinashi. 1993 & 2008
  • Vishwashanthi Maha Yagna @ Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odissa in the Presence of Sri Sri Shankaracharya, Puri
  • Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, (Jyothirlingam) Rameswaram, 2001
  • Sri Rathnagiri Bala Murugan Temple Maha Kumbhabhishekam – Rathnagiri – 2003 & 2015
  • Sri Nageshwarar Swami Temple Kumbhabhishekam, Erode TN
  • Sri Margabandeeshwarar Temple Maha Kumbhabhishekam, Virinchipuram. Dec 2012
  • Vedic Yagnas & Special Prayers @ The Art of Living South Africa & Zimbabwe. Aug – 2012
  • Sri Iyyapan Temple Kumbhabhishekam, Avinashi. Aug 2014
  • Sri Selva Vinayakar Temple Kumbhabhishekam, Chennai. Mar 2014
  • Sri Laksha Chandi Maha Yagna @ Sri Rajaraejshwari Mandir, Hirapur- MP. March – 2014
  • 1000th Kumbhabhishekam in 32 years – Sri Prathapa Maha Ganapathy Temple Maha Kumbhabhishekam @ The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru in the Divine Presence of Sri Sri Ravishakar Gurudev. Feb – 2014

Abroad Experience

  • Bangkok Mariamman Kovil Kumbaabisekam and Shatha Chandi Homam in the presence of Sri T.S. Sambamoorthy Shivachariyar (Sri Kalikambal Temple, Chennai), Thailand, 1998
  • Sentul Sri Subramaniya Swamy Kovil Kumbaabisekam in the presence of Sri Picchai Gurukkal (Pillayarpatti), Kulalampur, Malaysia, 1998
  • Maha Shivarathiri Pooja in Sivakrishna Temple, Singapore, 1998
  • Chandi Homam in Hindu Temple, London, U.K. 2001
  • Sri Durga Devi Ambal Temple, Kumbaabisekam in the presence of Pitchai Gurukkal and conducted by Sri Thiyagaraja Gurukkal (Temple Chief Priest), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2001
  • Maha Yagam and Guru Pooja in Art of Living Ashram in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji, Montreal, Quebec Gox Ino, Canada. 2001
  • Mahothsava Pooja in Sri Nagapooshani Temple, in the presence of Sri Kandaswamy Gurukkal, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. 2001
  • Maha Sudharsana Yagam in Hindu Temple, Ottawa, Canada 2001
  • Sri Muthu Mariamman Kovil Special Deepa Pooja, Tootuing, London, U.K. 2001
  • Sri Maha Ganapathi Homam, Siddhi Vinayagar Kovil, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Maha Rudra Yagam and Guru Pooja @ Art of Living Ashram in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji, Oppenau – Maisach, Akademie Bad Antogast, Germany, 2001.
  • Sri Sri Siva Mandir Temple Maha Kumbhabishekam in the presence of Poojya Sri. Ravishankarji – Murutius – 2002.
  • Vedic Homas done for inaugurating the New Ashram at German, in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji, on Sep – 2003.
  • Vedic Homas done for inaugurating the New Ashram at Poland in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji, on Sep – 2003.
  • Sri Maha Rudra Yagna in Ganesha Gayathri Temple at Chicago – USA. Rudrabhishekam & Special Poojas, Art of Living Centers, Washington, New York, Boston, Edison (New Jersey), Detroit of USA May – 2008.
  • Vedic Conference in Chicago, USA May – 2008
  • Mahotsava Celebrations, Siva Murugan Temple, Concord, California. April 2008.
  • Special Vedic Prayers @ Sri Sadguru Bodhinatha Velayuthaswamy Swamiji’s Ashram, Hawaii.
  • Mandir Socity of Australia, Sri Vishnu shiva Temple in Mawson, Canberra, Australia. 2009
  • Guru Poornima Celebration The Art of Living Center in Chicago, USA, 7th Jul – 2009.
  • Sahasra Moodhaka Maha Ganapathi yagam Inaguration of Silver Jubilee in Siva Vishnu Temple, Mary land, USA 12th jul 2009
  • Maha Kumbhabhishekam @ Maha Ganapathi Temple New York, USA 13th Jul – 2009
  • Maha Yagam and Guru Pooja in Art of Living Ashram in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji, Montreal, Quebec Gox Ino, Canada. 14th jul 2009
  • Maha Yagnam & Rudrabhisekam @ The Art of Living Center, Houston, jul 2009
  • Maha Yagnam & Rudrabhisekam @ The Art of Living Center, Sanfrancisco, jul 2009
  • Maha Yagnam & Rudrabhisekam @ The Art of Living Center, Los Angels, jul 2009
  • Maha Rudrabhishekam in Colombo, Srilanka Oct – 2009
  • Maha Kumbhabhishekam, Sri Sivasathyanarayana Temple, Canada, Dec 2009
  • Maha Kumbabhishekam, Sri Sundara Vinayakar Temple, Myyanmar, Jan 2010
  • The Art of Living Centre Inauguration, Los Angels, USA – 2010
  • Swami Dayananda Saraswathi 80th Year Birthday Celebration, Arshya Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, USA. Aug – 2010
  • Vedic Yagnas in Indonesia. April – 2007 & 2013
  • Sri Nagabhooshini Temple Uthsavam in Canada. 2014
  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple Kumbabhishekam, Singapore. Nov – 2014
  • Maha Kumbhabhishekam @ Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Mary land, USA- 2015.

Books Published

  • Bodayana Poorva Prayogam, Bodayana Apara Prayogam published by Agama Book Publication Committee in the year 1987.
  • Sri Chandi Aradhana Yajnavidhihi published by Sri Rajarajeswari Veda Sivagama Patashala Vidyarthi Samitihi, Bengaluru in the year 1997.
  • Structure of the temple and Rituals book released for the Refresh course conducted by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment, Govt. of Tamilnadu in Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple, Avinashi in the year 2002.
  • About 02 Veda Text books, 13 Saivagama Text books, 02 Sthothra Text Books, 01 Thirumurai Text Book, 02 Jyothisha Text books have been published by Veda Agama Research Centre[VARC], Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala, Sri Sri Gurukulam, Bengaluru. [2006 – 2016]
  • Critical Edition of Saivagama Main Text “Sukshmagama” was published by the French Institute of Pondicherry. In 2010
  • Assignment by the Kauai Aadhenam, Hawaii, the First Edition of “Sahasragama” was released by VARC. In 2013

Extra Curriculum Activities / Honored Positions

  • State General Secretary, Tamilnadu Archakas Association, [1998-2001]
  • Executive Secretary for Agama Book Publication Committee, Avinashi. [1993 – 2001]
  • Executive Secretary for Sri Raja Rajeswari Veda Shivagama Patasala Students Welfare Association, Bengaluru. [1983 – 2001]

[Current]

  • Special Agama Advisor for Sri Bala Murugan Temple, Rathnagiri, Vellore. Since 2000
  • Advisor & Member in Agama Advisory Educational & Publication Board, HRI & CE, Govt. of Karnataka, Bengaluru. Since 2005
  • Saivagama Board Member at Sri Venkateswara Veda Agama Sadas & Examination, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati, Since 2007.
  • Ethical Committee Member in Research Wing of Sri Sri Collage of Ayurveda and Research, Bengaluru, Since 2014.
  • Examination Committee Member in All India Archakas Association, Bengaluru.
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