Institutions or Centres of learning or Gurukulam-s
As a teacher of Vedanta, Swami Dayananda has established four traditional teaching centres and many more across the globe through his students with a primary focus on teaching Vedanta, Sanskrit and related disciplines.
These traditional teaching centres carry the banner 'Arsha Vidya' or 'Arsha Vijnana', i.e. Knowledge of the Rishis. The word 'Arsha' has also been used by many of Swami Dayananda's students in naming their facilities to mark their lineage.
The four Arsha Vidya teaching centres that Swami Dayananda has established are:
- Arsha Vidya Peetham, Swami Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh 249201, Uttarakhand,India – http://dayananda.org/
- Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, P.O. Box 1059, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania 18353, USA - https://arshavidya.org/
- Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti, Coimbatore – 641108, Tamil Nadu, India - https://arshavidya.in/
- Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Amravati Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra, 410 033, India - http://www.arshavijnanagurukulamnagpur.org/
These residential centres conduct long-term courses, 1–2-week camps, weekend study programs and family camps throughout the year and the subjects taught include the major Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, several secondary texts of Vedanta and the Brahma Sutras.
The study includes also the Sanskrit commentary of Adi Sankaracharya on these texts. Along with these studies, the Sanskrit language is also taught with Paninian grammar. The Gurukulas also conduct sessions of daily meditation and satsangas. Additionally camps are conducted for teaching Yoga, Indian Classical Music, Ayurveda, Jyotisha and allied disciplines.
There is one more centre that has been initiated by Swami Dayananda during his life time in his birth place, Manjakkudi, Thiruvaru Dist, Tamilnadu, under the aegis of Swami Dayananda Educational Trust. It manages a liberal arts college, 2 Higher Secondary schools and a Veda pathasala.
Swami Dayananda Memorial was inaugurated in August 2018. The Memorial has state-of-the art lecture hall with good audio-video facilities, good acoustics and ambience. The Memorial houses the Swami Dayananda Archives, a great collection of Swamiji’s teachings in print and digital formats. Students of Vedanta can use the facility for serious study. The Memorial has come to full scale operation where regular residential study programmes are conducted by the disciples of Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
The teaching centres founded by Swami Dayananda offer Indians and non-Indians, Hindus and non-Hindus, men and women alike, an opportunity to study the profound knowledge of Vedanta. The teaching centres conduct outreach programs to reach out to the public at large.
At present there are at least sixty centres in India and abroad that carry on the tradition of Vedantic teaching under the banner of Arsha Vidya.