Twelve centuries ago, Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya travelled throughout India and firmly established the correct import of Vedanta as Advaita. Sri Shankaracharya, with remarkable foresight, established the four Amnaya Peethams at Sringeri, Dwaraka, Badarinath and Puri to uphold the hoary tradition of Sanatana Dharma that He had revived and to deliver the teachings across generations to come.
In the early centuries after the time of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham at Sringeri functioned primarily as a localized centre of excellence in the study of the Shastras and Vedic observances, with the Peethadhipatis serving principally as guides to spiritual seekers approaching them.
By the 14th century, the Peetham became a Mahasamsthanam due to the impact of the philosophical genius and statesmanship of Jagadguru Sri Vidyaranya, one of the most prolific writers in Advaita Vedanta after Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
From these times, the Jagadgurus started taking active steps towards the propagation of Sanatana Dharma, primarily by undertaking Vijaya Yatras and benefitting a greater section of the society.
Over the last couple of centuries, the activities of the Peetham towards the sustenance and propagation of Sanatana Dharma have intensified. The Jagadgurus of the Peetham began touring extensively establishing branches of Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri in holy towns and important locations, and setting up traditional learning schools or Pathashalas.
In the present-day, in an increasingly adhesive society where barriers of distances and boundaries are being broken and the world is evolving into a global village, the Peetham has widened its areas of contribution to involve education, healthcare, and many social and charitable activities.
The activities of the Peetham take place through the leadership of an Administrator & CEO under the direction and inspiring guidance of the Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji.
This section of the website describes the Peetham’s activities that have evolved over the centuries, while remaining under the scope set by its great founder, Sri Adi Shankaracharya – the sustenance and propagation of Sanatana Dharma and its philosophical essence, Advaita Vedanta.