Saintly students of siddhavana gurukula

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands
-ANNE FRANK

If this is true, then it is also true that an institution can make a person shape his destiny. And Siddhavana Gurukula a free hostel near Ujire in Dharmasthala of Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka is known for shaping destiny of thousands of students.
Gurukula is not a mere free hostel, but it is a training camp for those who have firm belief in values, and have commitment towards life.


Gurukula transforms a stubborn kid in to a matured guy who takes life as it comes, and equips him to tackle any sort of obstacles that he faces in journey of life.
The meritorious students, those who complete SSLC or PUC can find oneself a place in Gurukula. The selection procedure and the rules are followed strictly. I was one of those luckiest students who could enter this temple of life education and form my self in to a better human being. Those five years of training in Gurukula have been certainly the turning point in my life and I am sure of many others alike me.
Those who have brilliance in mental and physical attitude but who lack financial backing, can walk in to Gurukula and try in a better way, this temple helps him in providing right kind of environment. Educationist, sportsman, engineer, doctor, police officer, teacher, administrator, politician…. name any field, and there you will find a person who came from Gurukula in this part of the state.
Life starts thus: Here you have to say bye to the luxury of early morning sleep. Long bell rings in the dawn at 5 o’clock and you have to be ready to get in to a huge prayer hall, where we all pray for our day to be bright and cheerful. When you come out of the hall, hot tea waits you, after that you have to either work or read. Hostel inmates are divided in to two groups. When one group is working, another group has to study.
Work usually consists of taking care of cattle, growing vegetable, cleaning the surrounding, gardening etc. Even the dress is simple here. White dhoti and a shaul.
Ganji(rice and rice water) with chutney is served in dining hall exactly at 8 am, and after one must leave to college. In the evening every student must be in side the campus before 6 p.m. Again inmates must attend evening prayer at 6.30 from Monday to Friday. It would bhajan in Saturdays and cultural programme on Sundays.
After the supper at 7.30 students must study till 10.30, again dreaming for the spirited next day.
In total, siddhavana teaches you everything needed in life, makes you a man with comprehensive outlook.
Ambience: The atmosphere of this saintly place is astounding. Greenery around, the old prayer hall building…spacious dining hall…nice garden….beautiful cows….and a coconut garden on a hill…
Its perfect place for those who study, those who need spiritual life.

3 comments:

Mahesh said...

Yes its true the atmosphere of Siddavana Gurukula was very good. keep writing. nothing more.. expecting much more from you :-)

Gchinnari said...

Please dont use the word "HOSTEL". Hostel is no match to Siddhavana Gurukula.
I am a man, made in Siddhavana, I gained my personality in Siddhavana.
The true reflection of Indian Culture & way of life - close to nature is in Siddhavana.
I was a Vidhyarthi in the Gurukula from 1996-1998 during my PUC. It was a bit diffrent looking then. We had 6 blocks - A through F, A with 2 floors.
I would like to share my 1st day experience at Siddhavana.
A Senior came & helped me pick up my luggage and arrange it in my room. Thats just one thing that is different in Siddhavana from any hostel in the world where U remember your first day as a night mare in your life.
They were the best two years of my life. I lost somethings in Siddhavana, namely Anger, Stage Fear and stuff like that.
Gained a lot of other things there like simplicity, dynamism, patience, dignity of labour, co-existance with others & nature, open hearted living and a way of life itself... the list goes on & on.
Today I am a successful structural engineer designing offshore oil & gas structures, employed at Abu Dhabi, UAE and owe my success to Siddhavana.
- Guruprasad Chinnari D

Udaya Shankar said...

I was one of the lucky few to have experienced 2 years there.

I truly relished prayer teachings and Gita sessions from the great Jinaraj Shashtriji.

Literally this was a place that offered me what was "missing" in my formal education, i.e values that could shape my thinking.

I truly attribute my life's shaping up quite a lot to Siddhavana. If I am what I am, if I think in a certain way, it is also because of Siddhavana.

The daily morning work sessions, and annual work progress labour sessions helped me understand dignity of labour, how to work together, collaborate, and also be in peace with what you have in a increasingly materialistic world.

- Udaya Shankar
Email - udayas@gmail.com