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AVG Nagpur… online
On this auspicious day of Makara Sankrānti (2019), when the Uttarayaṇa begins, we launch this new website for the benefit of all the mumukṣus, seekers of the Truth.
Call for Applications – 2022 Online & Residential Courses
Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is an institute for the study of
Indian Philosophy, Indian Culture, Sanskrit and Yoga founded by
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Dr Shrikant Jichkar.
Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam at Nagpur, India functions under the guidance of
Chief Acarya Mahamahopadhyaya Swamini Brahmaprakasananda Saraswati, a senior disciple of
H. H. Swami Dayananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Pitham at Rishikesh, India.
The current president is Smt. Rajashri Shrikant Jichkar.
AVG Nagpur is a sister institution of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Coimbatore, India
and Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Saylosburg, USA.
Ensconced in the heart of a pristine forest, surrounded by hills on all sides, embraced by two rivulets (called Sruti and Smrti) and embellished by a lake (Moksha-Sarovar) nearby – The Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam – on about a fifty acres of land and at a distance of about 45 km from Nagpur.
In the beginning…
Vedas, the most ancient and comprehensive body of knowledge, have their origin in the Primordial Creator and have been received by humanity through our sages, Rishis. As the Rishis are the primary human links in the knowledge chain, the knowledge is ‘Arsha‘ meaning ‘From the Rishis’. Incredibly, this unique body of knowledge, Vijnana, has been preserved in letter and spirit to this day due to the guru-sishya parampara, teacher-student lineage, and kept alive at the traditional institutions of learning and culture called Gurukulams. Every student is resident in the Gurukulam for the entire duration of their education.
Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam was started as a unique Gurukulam where traditional teaching was presented simultaneously in both Veda and Vedanta streams.
Dr. Shrikant Jichkar founded this Gurukulam as an offering to Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati. His association with Pujya Swamiji goes back to his childhood. When the young Shrikant was a student of sixth grade Pujya Swamiji gave a series of talks under the aegis of Chinmaya Mission on the sixth chapter of the Bhagavadgita. The young Shrikant wrote down the notes from the talks in shorthand and later wrote a transcript of the talks. This was later published as a booklet by the Chinmaya Mission. Eventually, Dr. Shrikant Jichkar became the president of the Chinmaya Mission, Nagpur. After losing touch with Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati for many years, he met Swamiji in Nagpur when Swamiji came for a series of talks in the year 1999. Soon after that he visited the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Anaikatti, Coimbatore. The idea of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam at Nagpur was born then at Anaikatti. He requested Swamiji to have a Gurukulam at Nagpur, the centre of India and Swamiji agreed. That is how Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur was born. Pujya Sri Swamiji appointed Sri Swamini Brahmaprakasananda as a Acharya in-charge of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur.
Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam
is committed to preserving the Veda and the Vedic tradition.
We started the teaching program of Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda and the Kanva Sakha of Shukla Yajur Veda in 2001 with the inauguration of Gurukulam.
Of these two, the Kanva Sakha of the Sukla Yajur Veda was discontinued after three years. The Sakala Sakha of the Rig Veda ran its successful course and the students graduated in 2010.
Our teaching programs in Vedanta, Sanskrit & other allied subjects are meant for adults who have a quest for self enquiry. To them, we impart the knowledge of Brahma Vidya in a three year residential course through the study of Prasthanatraya. Prasthanatraya consists of the Upanishads, the Bhagwad Gita & the Brahma Sutras. We teach the Prasthanatraya with the bhashya of Sri Adishankaracharya. In this residential teaching program, we also teach the Sanskrit language along with the Paninian system of grammar, elements of the Indian system of logic and other allied subjects. The teaching program also includes training in Vedic chanting, performing pujas, etc.
Recorded Classes Available Online
There is a Lord Dakshinamurti-Sri Krishna temple on our Gurukulam premises. The temple has shrines for – Lord Ganesha (Siddhi Vinayaka), Lord Shiva and Parvati (Vedavedantesvara and Mangalambika), Lord Dakshinamurti as the main deity, and Lord Krishna as Gitacharya.
This temple has been constructed strictly as per the guidelines of our ancient scriptures, the Agama Sastras.
Please contact us for details.
Contributions to the Gurukulam Activities
We welcome donations in any form that you can offer.
The Gurukulam primarily runs on contributions from supporters including visitors, students, well-wishers, devotees and guests.