Swami Dayananda Memorial Projects – Guru Tirtha & Swami Dayananda Gallery
Pujya Swamiji expressed his wish for the Kutiya to be made into a monument after his time. That is what Guru Tirtha is all about.
Guru Tirtha is a transformation of Swamiji’s Kutia (Ganga) into a contemplative space, appropriately landscaped to enable devotees to do a respectful parikrama of Swamiji’s living quarters, featuring a view into each room through a large picture window and culminating in the quiet meditation room with a statue of Pujya Swamiji where one can offer tributes and be with Pujya Swamiji, his teachings and one’s own inspiring memories.
Swami Dayananda Gallery
The Gurukulam has hosted a picture Gallery for many years. One of the last wishes Pujya Swamiji expressed was that this Gallery could be maintained well.
Currently, the Gallery covers some salient aspects of Swamiji’s life and activities until the time the Gallery was opened in the year 2003. Some of the areas of Swamiji’s activities are not adequately represented and in other areas there is room for improvement. The proposal is to restructure and enhance this Gallery with visual media to showcase Swamiji’s Life and Contributions more comprehensively.
The estimated budget for this project is Rs. 10 Lakhs.
Dayananda Gallery needs your pictures and videos!
Please share with us the best pictures, video and audio clips of Pujya Swamiji you may have which can be enjoyed by all visitors to the Gallery and the “Guru Tirtha”. These can be emailed to us at [email protected] or sent to the Gurkulam’s postal address.
With the grace of Isvara and the blessings of Pujya Swamiji, we plan to open the Gallery and Guru Tirtha on the 20th Nov, 2016, to coincide with the Silver Jubilee of the Gurukulam.
We appeal to you for your participation and generous contribution to these projects. The following sponsorships are available:
|Title||Guru Tirtha||Dayananda Gallery|
|Chief Patron||25 lakhs||5 lakhs|
|Patron||10 lakhs||3 lakhs|
|Benefactor||5 lakhs||2 lakhs|
|Sponsor||1 lakh||1 lakh|
Donors making donations of Rs. 1 lakh and above will be specially recognized. Any other donation amounts are also very much welcome.
For enquiries, please email [email protected] or call Smt. Girija Natarajan at 9445778084.
The objective is to provide all devotees and visitors to have a glimpse of the living spaces within the Kutiya in its original state when Pujya Swamiji lived in Anaikatti. The interior space in the Kutiya will be largely undisturbed but for some changes to give a long life to Guru Tirtha and to help create a nice experience for all visiting devotees. This objective is facilitated by a parikrama around the Kutiya finally leading to the hall in the Kutiya which will feature a marble statue of Pujya Swamiji similar to the one in the Adhisthana at Rishikesh. The parikrama winds its way covering three viewing points into the Kutiya. The ambience and experience along the parikrama will be further enhanced by landscaped lawn & gardens along the path. The inners space is getting a facelift with repainting and polishing, curated interiors, special lighting etc.
Currently a team of more than seventy is engaged in the civil works which is nearing completion. The elaborate stone work around the parikrama is progressing at a good clip. More teams will shortly commence some activities for preservation and renovation – such as painting, lighting, air conditioning, false ceiling, floor polishing, electrical and related works.
The project is led by professionals both with reference to the Architecture as well as the creation of curated views in the Kutiya. The work is proceeding well and with your good wishes and the blessings of Daksinamurti & Pujya Swamiji we expect it will be ready to open on the 20th Nov 2016 , on which we also observe the 26th anniversary of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti.
Swami Dayananda Gallery
Pictures were received from different quarters. The selection of pictures to be included in the Gallery has been done and their layouts for various frames are being finalised. All pictures will be freshly printed and displayed. The gallery will be cleaned and repainted. As part of the restructuring a mini lecture hall is also being added adjacent to the Gallery.