दानानां च समस्तानां चत्वार्येतानि भूतले ।
श्रेष्ठानि कन्यागोभूमिविद्या दानानि सर्वदा ॥
The Smartha tradition emerged during the classical period of Hinduism and is aligned with Advaita Vedanta. The development of this tradition is attributed to Adi Shankara who championed that the ultimate reality is impersonal, a thought that inspired followers of the Smartha tradition to include a sixth impersonal God in addition to the five Hindu Gods in their practice. The community consists of Brahmins who specialize in the Smriti texts named the Grihya Sutras and are among the learned communities of South India.
The Smartha Patasala imparts the knowledge of mantras, Pooja Vidhanams and religious practices to young students along with modern education thereby creating a new generation of Purohits who can serve the community providing advise and awareness.
"The Purohit is the Dharma Pracharak of society," His Holiness Pujyashree Baala Periava teaches us. It is the Purohit who is the bridge between the erudite, those learned in the shastras, and the common man.
The Purohit tends to the local temple, looks up the Panchangam and suggest the appropriate time for sacraments and performs them for a local community. His knowledge of sacred literature and Itihaaasas like the Ramayana and Mahabharatha gives moral and dharmic guidance to the people. Many rural temples languish without archakas due to socio-political stress. This integrated patasala gives the today’s generation not only all the skills needed to be a purohit but also a state board contemporary education.
Boys from Brahmin families 4th standard and above but below 7th standard with Upanayanam done can apply.
The Smartha Patasala was started in 2015 in Karvetinagaram near Puttur in Chitoor District, Andhra Pradesh. There is an interesting anecdote behind the reason this place was chosen for the centre. The Mahaswamigal had stayed in Karvetinagaram for close to a year and developed a deep affinity for the place. The Smartha Patasala was set up here to train Purohits, who in the olden days were revered by the common people as individuals only next to the kings.
The patasala integrated with the Lakshmi Narasimha School started functioning in 2016 with 20 students and in the second year grew to 150 students. They are trained on Vedas, Pooja Vidhanams, shlokas and value education along with arts like mridhangam. This is coupled with State Board education empowers them to become complete individuals equipped to serve and guide the communities of tomorrow.
Additional Vedic classes are held on holidays.
Sri Kamakoti Smartha Patasala
Old Ramachandra Vidhya Mandhir,
Karvetinagaram, Chittor (dt) 51 7582.