STUDENTS DAILY ROUTINE
- 4.30 to 5.00 a.m. Morning Prayer,
- 5.00 to 6.00 a.m. Vedic Chanting (Memorised Vedic Chapters).
- 6.00 to 7.00 a.m. Bath, Morning Sandhyavandanam & Samidhadhanam.
- 7.00 to 8.00 a.m. 1st Session -
- Vedic Chanting (Brahmayagna Prasna - chanting memorised Vedic Chapters,)
- 8.00 to 8.30 a.m. Breakfast.
- 8.30 to 11.30 a.m. 2nd Session
- 11.30 a.m. to 12.00 Noon Madhyanikam.
- 12.00 to 1.00 p.m. Lunch.
Vedic Teaching Adhyapakar will be teaching Vedic Lessons.
- 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. 3rd Session
- 4.00 to 4.30 p.m. Samskritam class
- 4.30 to 4.45 p.m. Snacks
- 4.45 to 5.45 p.m. Games
- 5.45 to 6.30 p.m. Refreshing, Evening Sandhyavandanam & Samidhadhanam.
- 6.30 to 7.00 p.m. Daily Prayer (reciting slokas)
- 7.00 to 8.00 p.m. 4th Session.
- Vedic Chanting Revising Memorised Chapters
- 8.00 to 8.30 p.m. Dinner
- 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. 5th Session
- Vedic Chanting - Revising old Chapters
- 9.30 p.m. Milk and going to bed
STUDENTS STRENGTH AND CURRICULAM
GROUP – I SHAAKA (BRAHMANAM)
This is the starting of veda course where the students are taught letters in SANSKRIT AND GRANTHA AKSHARA’s, vowels and SURYA NAMASKARAM to begin with.
Students have to memorize SHAAKA portions byheart. These will be revised regularly even as the student proceeds further to the subsequent groups. This is because the basis for PADA, KRAMA, JATA and GHANA PAATA are SAMHITA and hence SAMHITA is revised automatically as the student progresses to higher groups, where as SHAAKA is not required in these groups and hence needs to be revised separately.
6 Students are studying in the above course as of January 2016.
GROUP – II SAMHITA PAATA
This course is the base for all further vedic course. In this course students are required to work very hard and be disciplined to keep these portions of Vedas always memorized.
2 Students are studying in the above course as of January 2016.
GROUP – III PADA PAATA
Students are admitted to this course after finishing MOOLA PAATA (i.e. SAMHITA & BRAHMANA). They have to get all basic lessons i.e.SAMHITA memorized in finger tips enabling to recite the MOOLA VEDA in this PADA format. After mastering to recite in this style they will be taught KRAMA, JATA & GHANA.
Students should have completed SAMHITA & SHAAKA for joining this course.
7 Students are studying in the above course as of January 2016.
GROUP – IV KRAMA PAATA
Students are admitted to this course after finishing the course upto PADAA. They got to get all basic lessons i.e. from SAMHITA, PADAA, enabling to recite the MOOLA VEDA in this KRAMA format. After mastering to recite in this style they will be further taught JATAA AND GHANA.
Students should have completed PADA PAATA for joining this course.
13 Students have already completed KRAMA PAATA along with SAPTASHATI PAATA (CHANDI PAATA).
GROUP – V JATA PAATA
Students are admitted to this course after finishing the course upto KRAMA. They have to get all basic lessons i.e. from SAMHITA, PADAA, KRAMA enabling to recite the MOOLA VEDA in this JATAA format. After mastering to recite in this style they will be further taught GHANA.
Students should have completed KRAMA PAATA for joining this course.
14 Students have completed the above course as of January 2016 and have proceeded further to SALAKSHANA GHANA PAATA.
GROUP – VI SALAKSHANA GHANA PATAA
Students are admitted in this course after successfully completing KRAMA PAATA which will take 8 to 10 years to complete.
Since this is the highest level of vedic studies, Students need to be completely thorough in all the basic vedic studies like samhita, padaa, karma and Jataa and it needs tremendious concentration to recite this format.
The highlight of this course is chanting of Vedas in different format which will have lot of methods and formulas to be applied and to chant these Ghana Pata one needs to get Veda portions upto Krama thoroughly memorized.
14 Students have completed the above course as of January 2016 and have been felicitated with the benign blessings of Acharyas. These students joined our veda patashala after completing KRAMA PAATA in Vedas in other veda patashala.
Further these students are participating in various Ghana Parayana Utsavs held throughout India.
GROUP – VII SHADANGA (Six parts of Vedas)
Students are admitted in this course after successfully completing SAMHITA. The six parts of Vedas are
1. Siksha - Euphony and pronunciation
2. Vyaakarna - Grammar
3. Chandas - Metre
4. Niruktha - Etymology
5. Jyotisha - Astronogy
6. Kalpa - Procedure
Those who complete this shandanga course will be called as POORNA ADHYAYEE (in the name of SHADANGAADHYAAYEE OR DHASHAGRANTHEE)
1 Student named Gopalakrishnan from Kumbakonam has completed the above course as of January 2016.
The Gurukul system, considered as the epitome of good education, is usually associated only with epics and the scriptures. Yet, the management to revive this sublime medium of instruction.
Seventeen (17) students, referred to as ‘vidyarthis’ in their campus parlance, are studying the course for learning basic scriptures, ancient literature and oriental languages under the guidance of their guru, Sri Jambunatha Ganapatigal as of January 2016.
Sanskrit, is a revered language here and the ‘vidyarthis’ acquire proficiency in it. While children who attend normal schools specialize only in niche subjects, our ‘vidyarthis’ acquire extensive education in the Veda Patasala besides culture studies, the students are also taught to operate a bank account, reserve railway tickets and other requisite skills.
The Guru at the Patasala, Jambunatha Ganapatigal, a sublime figure in holy robes, elaborates on the benefits of Vedic chanting “ it gives one intuitions, leads one to salvation, helps in the fulfillment of simple desires such as the construction of ‘griha’ and provides solutions to incurable ailments, “he remarks.
Also referred to as ‘brahmacharis’, the students at the Patasala perform ‘homams’ for universal peace and brotherhood, twice a day. The ‘shishyas’ are required to dedicate 15 – 20 years of their adolescent life for Vedic education. They hail from all the four Southern states and are provided with free boarding, lodging and medical expenses at the Patasala.
Critical of the Anglicized medium of instruction in modern curriculam, the revered guru asserts, "English is just a window to see the world outside. Sanskrit ought to be preached in the medium of Sanskrit itself.”
The ‘vidyarthis’ who follow a rigorous regimen, are also allotted time for recreation, which is utilized for playing cricket, volleyball, carom board and chess. They also indulge in light exercise sessions and practice singing bhajans.