The above line from Manu Smruti shows how women in the Hindu Scriptures are accorded a high position of respect. Our Bharata Desam is a country where women are held in high esteem and reverence since time immemorial. The base for social and communal harmony is our family culture, heritage and traditional values. Love, affection, kindness and tolerance are the forces that bond firmly the family culture, tradition and family. This enables us to stay integrated and united. In Sanskrit, a wife is addressed as “Patni, Dharma Patni, Sahadharmacharini”; meaning one who constantly accompanies the husband in the path of Dharma – righteousness and duty. Our heritage has strong roots in these values. These values coupled with seva and bhakti, namely, service and devotion can definitely achieve harmony, unity, prosperity and uninterrupted inner peace.
Our personal and public life become meaningful if we follow meticulously our cultural and traditional practices in everyday life. Thus, the need of the hour is protecting and preserving our culture, civilization and heritage. In the present day context, every citizen of India has the responsibility of preserving and protecting our heritage. Women have a big role to play in this endeavour. Women, being the first guru in Mata Pita Guru, have a greater responsibility in this, as they are the ones who can inculcate these values and emphasize the importance of seva and bhakti – service with devotion and dedication, in their children and immediate family members. The traditional Indian woman is the best example of seva –she sacrifices herself to serve the greater family she is a member of. Women of this great country have the necessary aptitude, attitude, ability and expertise to impart these to their families, to the society and to the country at large. These qualities have to be inculcated into the next generation, the young girls. This transmission is not happening to the desired levels due to a host of reasons, from nuclear families to attractions and distractions in the modern world.
Sampradaya, a unique initiative of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, that integrates teaching and training of traditional practices along with regular school/college education, is an institution that gives education with the essence of culture “ kalacharam onriya kalvi” - thereby encourage care for the community and people we live with – and finally prepare ourselves to serve the country with desa bhakti, devotion, dedication, courage and commitment.
With the curriculum developed under the aegis of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sampradaya is indeed a divine experience. The first batch of Sampradaya was started in 2015 with 15 students. In two years, it has grown to a strength of 120 students. Sampradaya extended to hyderabad for Telangana Students in the year 2017 with 30 students. Sampradaya is a totally residential institution. The vidyarthis are given all the necessary facilities free of cost. The inmates have a regular schedule with due care for traditional cultural education and school / college education.
Sampradaya offers regular schooling and college education in courses like B.Com (Regular), B.Com (Computer), B.Sc Mathematics, B.A Sanskrit.
In Sampradaya, the emphasis is on inculcating the virtues, traditional values, traditional practices and moral education. Along with that students also get regular education; opportunity to learn, develop and to train themselves in various life skills. Classes in classical music – vocal, veena and violin are conducted. Learning Sanskrit and various Stotras is an integral part of the curriculum.
Students are also trained in preparing Neivedyams for various festivals and poojas. Vidyarthis get trained in various vocations, languages, fine arts, handicrafts, child care, preparing Ayurveda kashayams and lehiyams, embroidery, tailoring, cooking and yoga. Students are also taken on tours regularly to promote heritage study. While doing so, the stress is on Indian culture, heritage, traditional practices and traditional values. Our teaching methods are such that we preserve, protect and pass on to posterity our family culture, high moral and traditional values and spiritual legacy. Such an education with ethics is tradition bound; it is character building and it equips women with skill, knowledge and self-confidence. Our Adi Guru Adi Sankara, in his “Prasnoththara Ratna Malika” says meaning, an act of charity sweetened by pleasing words, knowledge without conceit, valour imbued with forgiveness and wealth accompanied by selfless sacrifice – these four excellences are hard to attain. Sampradaya aims to impart such an education that facilitates these four ideals.
Our religious calendar is filled with enumerable Vratams, poojas and festivals. At Sampradaya, these vratams and festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm piety, devotion and dedication.
Several summer courses are offered annually. These courses are for women of all ages. They may have to stay in the campus for three months. These courses are offered free. In addition, some short term courses are also offered.
Brahmin girls who have completed 6th standard are eligible to apply. Girls admitted must be willing to stay in the residential school for a minimum of five years. Sampradaya has two branches now.
One located at the Temple Town of Tirupati and the other at Hyderabad.
H.No 12-1-309, Street No 4,
Anand Nagar, Nagole,
D.No.6-7-643/A, Sripuram Colony,
KT Road Tirupati 517507
Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh