There were around 20-30 Veda Patasalas near the Madurai Meenakshi Temple 3 decades ago. This has now dwindled to zero. The Sri. Vasudeva Bhajanashramam & Vedagurukulam was established in 2006 near the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple in a rented place.
A generous individual named Shri. Chidambara Iyer has donated land to the patasala in a suburb of Madurai called Vilachery. The trustees running the patasala are looking to establish a chathur-veda (4-Veda) patasala housing scores of Veda Vidhyarthis. They are looking to construct up to 4000 square feet and require another 20 lakhs to complete the project.
Sethubandhanam will look to sponsor 10% of their requirement through our generous donors. We kindly request our donors to donate towards providing shelter for the custodians of our dharma.
Please listen to this video from the patasala who speaks about the patasala and their plans.
Veda Samarakshnam is one of the foremost duties of the society. The prime purpose of study of Vedas is Loka kshemartam (well-being of the world). While tomes have been written extolling the Vedas and the need for preservation of the same in our Dharma, protecting those who sacrifice their lives to study the vedas is our duty in every right.
In the older times, kings and the entire society considered it their duty to protect those who study they Vedas.
Unfortunately, we as a society have failed to impress upon ourselves that this is the highest forms of education. One that involves atleast 12 years of study of the most evolved of subjects. It is an education which students undertake with no assurances of a well-being for the life of a Vaidika is one of regimen and sacrifice. All these children have the easier option of taking up mainstream education, earn degrees and thereby an assured livelihood.
But they have chosen to study the Vedas and they should be supported, extolled and revered by our entire society. While that clearly is not the case, the least we can do is ensure that Veda Patasalas financially well-provided to.
It is indeed disheartening to learn that there were around 30 Veda patasalas in the ancient city of Madurai and there are close to none in the same region over the past 3o years
We kindly request our donors to contribute towards this very important cause and help re-establish a part of our lost glory.
This campaign will look to raise ₹2,00,000, which is 10% of their requirement to complete the construction of the Chathur-Veda Patasala. They are constructing 4000 square feet of built-up area on a piece of land that was donated to the trust.
The cosntruction is being outsourced to a contractor who is charging ₹1,500 per square feet for construction. Construction activities have now resumed and they are in need of funds urgently. Kindly request our donors to donate liberally to this cause.