thanthra vidyapeedam

The Hindu temples, the temple culture and the associated rituals of worship (Thanthram) were subjected to destruction and deterioration during the several external aggressions, as well as due to the socio-economic and political changes. Meanwhile, the expertise among the few traditional Thanthri families, have also been on the decline. There has, however been a recent upsurge to actively revitalise this losing culture.

It was under such circumstances that, through the initiative of the renowned late Madhavji, a number of eminent Thanthris and other experts met in Guruvayur during August 21-22 of 1969, and decided to start a “Thanthra Vidyaa Peettham” with the goal of developing expertise in Thanthram, through training in the traditional Gurukulam system. As a result of the untiring efforts of eminent Thanthra Saasthram scholars, such as Puzhakkara Chennas Parameswaran Nambudiripad (Thanthri of Guruvayur), Andaladi Valiya Divakaran Nambudiripad, Puthumana Damodaran Nambudiripad, Pullaamvazhi Devan Narayanan Namboodiri, Chennas Narayanan Nambudiripad (Chalakkudy), Kasi Viswanatha Varma Raja of Mankada Kovilakam, Madhavji and P S Kasiviswanathan, the Thanthra Vidyaa Peettham was formally launched with the blessings and financial support of Kaanchi Kaama Koti Peettham Sankaraachaarya Jayendra Saraswathi, on June 23, 1972, in the Thirunavaya Brahmaswam Mattham Veda Paattha Saala, under the tutelage of Kalpuzha Divakaran Nambudiripad. Ten months later, it was shifted to Chovvannur Sabhaa Mattham (near Kunnamkulam), where it functioned for over a decade.

The dream of having its own campus and buildings, found fruition in 1985 when the Cheriyath Narasimham temple with its “Pathaayappura” (out house) building and the adjoining 3 ½ acres of land in Kizhakke (east) Veliyath Naadu situated in the sylvan surroundings along the banks of Poorna Nadi (river Poorna) near Aluva, were handed over to the Vidyaa Peettham, by the owners. This indeed was a turning point in the growth and development of the institution. In April that year, Chennas Parameswaran Nambudiripad laid the foundation stone of the present building. Though incomplete, a three-storey building with 16 rooms and a large library hall are functioning now.

Thanthra Vidyapeedam  -A  Unique Institution

Inherited from great  sages the kerala thanthrasasthra  was practiced and passed through generations of devout acharyas . when scholars in the sasthra became scarce due to deterioration in spiritual and scholary standards of later generations, thanthra vidyapeedam was started to revive and sustain this branch of ancient body of knowledge.

The vidya peedam was founded in 1972 by the late madhavji, a leader of social and spiritual renaissance in kerala. The institution started functioning with the active co operation if renowned acharyas and the blessings of sri sri sankaracharya of kanchi kamakoti peedham.

The vidyapeedam is situated in the  vicinity of the cheriyathu narasimha swami temple on the banks of reiver poorna(periyar),6kms away from aluva,20km from kalady and 12kms from kochi airport