Shri Muktananda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya


In 2000, the Shanti Mandir ashram in Magod admitted its first three students to Shri Muktananda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya. Today, enrollment has expanded to 60 students.

The school provides both academic and experiential education. Young students develop proficiency in Sanskrit as a prelude to classroom study of the Vedic teachings through subjects relevant to modern-day life. Their learning is enhanced through regular participation in such Vedic practices as chanting, worship, and meditation.


Free education, board, and lodging are provided by the school. Students also receive a stipend to take care of other needs, so they can be financially independent of their families. Because the curriculum demands great discipline and rigor, students applying to the school must demonstrate a high level of determination and interest to qualify for admission.

Following 10 years of study, students earn a degree from Sampooranand University, Varanasi, an ancient seat of Vedic learning.

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The educational objectives of the Sanskrit and general school are to:

  • Make education accessible to India’s economically challenged
  • Establish institutions for education and research that will interpret and adapt the profound knowledge of Vedic scriptures to contemporary needs and contexts
  • Promote the use of such knowledge toward creating a society in which the values implicit in Satyam Shivam Sundaram (that which is true, auspicious, and beautiful) are foremost in human thought and behavior

The generous donations of people around the world enable Shanti Mandir to maintain its charitable works.

You are invited to contribute towards any of Shanti Mandir’s charitable activities.

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Meditate on your Self, Worship your Self, Kneel to your Self, Honor your Self, God dwells within you as you.

— Baba Muktananda