Message from Shri 1008 Jagadguru Dr. Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Mahaswamiji
The Veerashaiva religion founded by Shri Jagadguru panchacharyas is as ancient as any other religions of the world. The Panchacharyas were sprung from the five faces of lord Shiva just to establish and propagate Veerashiva religion on this earth. They have established five monasteries for this purpose as given below:
- Rambhapuri (Karnataka)
- Ujjain (M.P. and later on migrated to Karnataka)
- Shrishaila (Andhra Pradesh)
- Kasha (Uttar Pradesh)
Suprabhedagama and Svayambhuvagama are the main sources to know about the establishment of Veerashaiva religion. The five monasteries are still in existence. The Kashi peetha is popularly known as Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Jnana Simhasana. The peetha is situated at Jangamwadimath. Among all the 300 Maths of Varanasi, Jangamwadimath is the oldest one. The scholars have come to this decision on the basis of Danapatras which are available in the Jangamwadimath.
The maharaj of Kashi, Shri Jayanand Dev has donated a piece of land spread over from the temple of Shri Kardameshwar to the bank of the Ganges. This gift wad made to the 51st
jagadguru Vishwaradhya Mallikarjun Jangam on the auspicious day Prabodhini Ekadashi (Kartik Shuddha Ekadashi) of Vikram Samvat 931. The Danapatra is still available in the Jangamwadimath. In the year 1935 the Allahabad High Court has certified it. This shows that the Jangamwadimath was very founs even 1432 years back.
Besides this, Mughal Emperors – Humayu, Akbar, Jahangir, Shahjahan, Aurangzeb and Mohammad Shah – have gifted lands to jangamwadimath between 1530 to 1668 A.D. The Firmans issued by the Emperors are still kept in the Jangamwadimath. The jangamwadimath has been honoured by both Hindus and Muslims. This is an indication about the national integration.
The Jangamwadimath is having so many branches in the country. They are: Chunar (Mirzapur), Allahabad, Gaya, Pune, Latur, Mangalvedha, Gadag, Bangalore, Solapur, Nagpur, Secunderabad, Dharwad, Gulbarga etc. Hostels, Schools and research institutes of these branches are very active and are playing their role in contributing for the development of the nation. Apart from these branches the Jangamwadimath is having one branch at Bhaktapur in Nepal. It is known as Jangam Math. The King of Nepal, Vishwamalla, has donated a piece of land to the 51st
Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Mallikarjun Jangam on Jyestha Shuddha Ashtami of Vikram Samvat 692. A stone inscription about the gift of land is still available in the Jangam Math of Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Jagadguruji used to visit Nepal and other branches of the Jangamwadimath through the air with his yogic power. The Banaras Gazetteer (Govt. Branche Press, Lucknow 1922) page 123 speaks about this as follows:
“The Mahants are credited with power of performing miracles and it was thought the display of this power in the shape of a journey thought the air to Nepal and elsewhere before Aurangzeb that Math building was preserved.”
Since the establishment of Nepal’s Jangam Math it has been under the control of Kashi Jangamwadimath. For the performing of Pooja and for taking care of the development of the Jangam Math, few Jangam families have been doing yeoman service. Presently, Shri Ram Mani Jangam and Shri Bharat Jangam, the sons of late Shri Govind Hari Jangam are looking after the development of the Jangam Math. Shri Bharat Jangam, the second son of Shri Govind Hari Jangam, has completed 59 year of his life and is entering into 60th
birth anniversary on 25th
Shri Bharat Jangam is a well known figure in Nepal because of his social works. He is multifaceted person. His contributions in the field of literature, history, culture, politics, journalism, religion, law and justics and social work have been well recognized. His anti-corruption movement has awakened the Nepalese peole. He is an asset to the country where he was born.
His holiness Shri 1008 Jagadguru Dr. Chandrashekhar Shivacharya is please to bless Shri Bharat Jangam on the occasion of his 60th
birth anniversary. His holiness further blesses Shri Bharat Jangam to complete his centenary with more and more contributions from him for the betterment of Nepal and her people. His holiness pary Lord Kashi Vishwanath and Lord Pashupatinath to bestow upon Shri Bharat Jangam, the health and wealth. Long live Bharat Jangam.