The origin of JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP), a formidable educational movement, can be traced to the establishment of a small hostel in 1928 to cater to the accommodation needs of students pursuing higher studies in Mysore. His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji established the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP) in 1954.
The Mahavidyapeetha continues to play an important role in expanding the scope of its activities to several branches of knowledge, welfare and culture. Its educational efforts span crèches for toddlers of working rural women, schools to impart primary and secondary education in both Kannada and English medium, Colleges, Polytechnics, Technical, Medicine, etc. In order to realize its mission, it has equipped itself with an extensive infrastructure and an army of dedicated and highly qualified human resource. These institutions, located in strategic areas, serve a broad spectrum of society, from virtually remote tribal villages to metropolitan cities such as Bengaluru, Noida, New Delhi, Ooty, and Coimbatore, besides the presence in United States, Mauritius and Dubai.
His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the 23rd pontiff of the Srimath, was born on 29.8.1916 and ascended the holy seat on 24.02.1928. He took up the responsibilities of the Srimath along with his guru Manthra Maharshi Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Mahaswamiji. A firm believer in the good of one and all, he was at the helm of affairs of the Srimath for more than half a century – a period that Srimath witnessed far reaching contributions to society. He sought nothing but welfare of all. He also established many trusts and societies from Medical Service to rural development to promotion of art & music. He was instrumental in spreading the teachings of Sharana Sahitya, and thus laid a strong foundation for a movement called JSS.
His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji is the 24th pontiff of Sri Suttur Math, Swamiji who assumed the Peetha in 1986 at the young age of 29 years. After completion of postgraduation in Kannada literature, coupled with spiritual training under the guidance of his illustrious predecessor His Holiness Jagadguru Dr Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, he began his efforts of deepening and expanding the contributions of JSS MVP to far greater heights.
His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji is instrumental in establishing the ‘Bharatiya Samskruthika Parishath’, at all India level, by uniting the collective leadership of the heads of different religions, with an aim to converge all rich traditional knowledge and cultural heritage, for the benefit the mankind
As a founder president of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha, today he has architected an unparalleled educational and cultural organization dedicated to the ideal of providing education, not only in the urban towns and cities of India and abroad, but evenin the remote villages of Karnataka.Under his visionary leadership, JSS MVP has grown leaps and bounds as one of the most modernistic educational movement with reputed engineering and medical universities under its aegis. JSS STEPs and GINSERV are thus, born out of his foresight and vision of building a strong, self-reliant India with its engineering and technological talent prowess.
Under the untiring efforts of Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the Mahavidyapeetha began laying a strong foundation for a great educational and cultural institution. Continuing the rich legacy, His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji has grown this institution into a formidable movement. Today, JSSMVP is an unparelled force in the field of education and has over 300 institutions under its fold, from kindergartens to postgraduate centres and postdoctoral research catering to the educational needs of more than 1,00,000 students.
Apart from formal education, the initiatives stretch to integrated rural development through scientific training and empowering of rural folk, providing elderly care at old age homes, affordable healthcare to all class of people through modern and traditional Indian systems of medicine, patronizing literary activities, visual arts, performing arts, restoration of temples and historical monuments.