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.
Curriculum of Vidyapeedam
The vidyapeetham is an educational institution which brings out qualified acharyas of character and devotion. It offers 7 year course in the ancient sciences of temples(kerala system).boys who have passed 10th standard and above undergone the samskaras of upanayanam and samavarthanam are eligible for admission to the course. A batch of student, not exceeding ten, is admitted every year on the basis of a rigid selection process scrutinizing their horoscope.
Th course consists of instruction in temple science,veda,Sanskrit,vasthu sasthra (temple architecture) and jyothisha(astrology pertaining to temple). The coaching comprises theoretical classes and practical training by teachers who are scholars in the subject.
The students are stimulaneously prepared for modern college level education. They have to practice yoga andmediations which is indispensable for acharyas. On successful completion of the course and passing the examinations the degree of thanthraratna is conferred on the students
Thanthra Vidyapeedam- A Gurukulam
Vidyapedham follows the traditional gurukula system of education under the guidance of the kulapathi. The students stay in the vidyapeetham, learn and work together without paying fees or charges other than a gurudakhina. They also get outstation training ,practice discipline and selfe reliance and acquaint with the cultural heritage of the country.
The s tudent who pass out of the institution as thanthraratnas acharyas hving modern education and expertise in temple sasthra and they always earn appreciation and approbation alround.
The vidyapeetham provides research facilities in temple sasthra and veda. It has an excellent library of rare collections of books printed and manuscripts in temple sasthra. Sanskrit veda and other subjects scholars and researchers even from abroad visit the vidyapeetham for enrichment of their knowledge. Short terms training and orientation classes for upasakas and archakas are also organized by the vidyapeetham.
The vidyapeetham has reclaimed and restored in January 2000, the invaluable and traditional expertise of performing ‘Dravyavruthi’ Kalasam of the highest order which was almost sunk into oblivion due to non performance during the past three or four centuries. During the kargil conflict in 1999 the vidyapeetham organized a ‘Rasthrareksha yejnam’ a complex and very rare ritual to wake up the nation for its triumph.