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Local Community Orientation

The need to create avenues for education and economic stability of the local populace has been recognized by the Guru Parampara of Shri Chitrapur Math all along. The first Post office was introduced in the region during the Mathadhipatya of our eighth Guru, HH Shrimat Pandurangashram Swamiji (1863- 1915), and so were the roads and Street lighting, for the benefit of the local population. A primary school was established during the times of our ninth Guru, HH Shrimat Anandashram Swamiji (1915- 1966) which was later on, aptly named after Him. The school today stands proud in its own premises close to the Anandashraya and at the base of Panchavati.

HH Shrimat Parijnanashram Swamiji III (1966 to 1991) encouraged the Samaj to establish a primary health center at Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple premises at Karla and also a school for the physically challenged children, at Bolinj near Virar, that today has more than 1,600 students. It was HH Parijnanashram Swamiji who took keen interest to establish an observatory at Shirali, which is today the official spot for capturing the data on rainfall in the region. He also established a Museum which soon had an impressive collection of rare archeological artefacts, scriptures and curios.

This glorious tradition continues further with HH Shrimat Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji establishing many initiatives to focus on specific cause. Rural Health and economic self- reliance, which has been a concern in the region is sought to be alleviated through Parijnan Foundation. Srivali Clinic tends to health of more than 50 patients a day. Samvit Sudha provides a tangible source of income to ladies through skills that come so naturally to them- stitching.

With no high school in the region, it was common for girl students to abandon their education after the middle school (7th grade) since parents in rural areas hesitate to send their daughters to far away towns for high school. Srivali Trust bridged that gap. Today, it is common for girls in this school to outnumber the boys- a fact that provides a reassurance on the need for such a school. Click here to read more about Srivali Trust.

The tenth Guru of Shri Chitrapur Samaj, Parama Pujya Shrimat Parijnanashram Swamiji, the ever compassionate, always had the welfare of the under privileged people living in small hamlets close to His heart. Chitrapur, located near Shirali in Uttar Kannada, was like any other Indian village battling poverty, unemployment and a rising insecurity about an uncertain future. There was neither a high school nor a hospital. Women had no opportunities of earning an independent income. Young men were forced to migrate to cities in search of a livelihood. Keeping this uppermost in His mind, Parama Pujya Shrimat Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji, the eleventh Mathadhipati of Shri Chitrapur Math, created "Parijnan Foundation" that seeks to address the root cause of these problems of the needy and the poor and to transform the lives of the locals, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion.


At 14, a girl in Chitrapur could only aspire to work in the fields, or become a domestic help. Today, she can earn money, acquire self-esteem and hold her head high, thanks to Srivali Samvit Sudha.

Started in 1999, this small scale vocational training unit has helped many underprivileged young women to become self-reliant. Training is offered in tailoring, embroidery, fabric painting, screen painting and allied skills. The attractive items manufactured here like shoulder bags, mobile pouches, curtains, asana-s, batwa-s and many more items are already finding a ready market in the metros like Mumbai and Bengaluru.



The girls are taught the basics of health, hygiene, sanitation, family planning and what is equally important financial planning. While the trainees who finish the course successfully have the option of working for the unit for a few years, more than 50 young women have actually chosen to set up their own tailoring units and become totally independent! On an average, about 25 girls have been joining the programme annually and so far, over 250 young women from Chitrapur and its neighbouring hamlets have tasted the special joy of earning an income from their own talent and enterprise!

In 2007, Samvit Sudha was the happy recipient of the annual Motibhai Doshi Foundation Award, given in recognition of its outstanding good work.


Earlier, villagers had to trudge long distances for even basic health care. Today, 50 to 60 patients get treated everyday at the Srivali Clinic, which is situated in the heart of Chitrapur. The Primary Health Care Centre is headed by a qualified resident medical officer, who is assisted by trained paramedics. Here, diagnosis and medicines are totally free of cost. Difficult cases are referred to established hospitals in the district and needy patients are given the required financial assistance. Several specialists made regular visits to the clinic on an honorary basis, besides being accessible on phone. The paramedics often go into the neighbouring villages to enhance awareness about hygiene and to train in administering first-aid.



Given the green environment in which Shirali is located, it is only natural to have a huge generation of organic waste out of the leaves, flowers, and other botanical substances. bulk of the dried leaves, etc were primarily disposed by using as fuel for heating water- adding to the pollution. Lack of employment opportunities beyond agriculture is the cause of steady migration to cities like Mumbai, Bangaluru, etc.

The hand made paper project seeks to address all these concerns and that too, by creating an industry that creates a much needed output- Paper- in an environmentally responsible manner, by using up the botanical waste and without causing any harm out of use of chemicals or bleaches.

Technology for this project has been acquired from "Khadi Gramodyog Commission's Hand made Paper Institute" located in Pune. Some key personnel have been trained at this institute. A well designed structure has been constructed to house this unit.

25th December 2011 was a great day in the history of Parijnan Foundation. A major project that promises to create a huge potential of employment and that too in keeping with the Green world objectives- Parijnan Hand Made Paper Project.

HH Shrimat Iswaranand Giriji Maharaj who was visiting Shri Chitrapur Math, inaugurated the premises and also blessed the launch of production process. Parama Pujya Shrimat Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji also blessed the project by His Presence.

HH Swami Iswaranand Giriji Maharaj performs Vastu Pravesh  

HH Swami Iswaranand Giriji Maharaj performs Deepa Prajwalan to mark the launch of Shri Parijnanashram Handmade Paper Unit


HH Shrimat Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji performs Deepa Prajwalana


HH Swami Iswaranand Giriji Maharaj



Donations to Parijnan Foundation are exempt from Income tax under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961 for Indian residents/ institutions / organizations. Donations may be made by way of Demand Draft / Cheque in favor of “Parijnan Foundation”, payable at Shirali and mailed to:

Parijnan Foundation,
c/o Sri Chitrapur Math,
Shirali, Uttar Kanada District,
Karnataka, 581354

Parama Pujya Swamiji is the Spiritual Head and the trust is being run and administered under the guidance of Swamiji.

Board of Trustees

Shri.Praveen Kadle Shri.Anil Bhatkal
Shri.Naimpally Jayavanth Rao Shri.Dilip Mavinkurve



The Trust, along with a well-known NGO, Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF), is involved in implementing in a phased manner, a rural upliftment project around Chitrapur – Shirali in Bhatkal Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka state.

One of the objectives is to create improved and alternative livelihood opportunities for resource-poor families who are below the poverty line, through optimum utilization of locally available resources. The 1st phase of Project Parimochan was successfully completed in March 2010, whereby 300 resource-poor families from 5 villages around Chitrapur have been provided income-generating assistance in various forms. In Phase 2, which is due for completion by March 2013, additional 300 families from 5 other villages around Chitrapur are being assisted with livelihood-enhancing financial support.

This project has catalyzed the process of socio-economic change in these adopted villages, leading to improved livelihood and quality of life of participants, coupled with sustainable management of natural resources in the area. The project has also strengthened the human value system in these villages, and gradually reduced vices and family tensions. It has reduced dependence on the government administrative system to fulfill the basic needs of these villages.

Introduction of Integrated Farming System includes :

Land Development Water Resource development and Rain-water Harvesting
Plantation of forestry trees Horticulture and Nurseries
Better agricultural practices Non-farming enterprises like carpentry, pottery, dairy etc


Nearly 50 Women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs) have been formed to serve as a foundation for all these activities. They are called ‘Sangha-s’. Training programmes are conducted from time to time. The Sangha-s have already made their presence felt by creating significant awareness about small savings and micro-credit, and have a very creditable record of recovery.

During 2009, the Trust fulfilled a long-standing demand of local residents by completing the construction of a Community Hall in Shirali, the Shrimat Parijnanashram Sabhagriha. The facility is equipped with a stage, chairs, utensils and a kitchen. It is let out to local residents at a nominal rent to conduct family and social functions. The facility is managed by a core committee drawn from the Parimochan Sangha-s, in the spirit of women’s empowerment.


The Village Development Council (VDC), London, a United-Kingdom registered charity, have contributed Rs 8 lakhs to part-finance Parimochan phase 2. VDC is governed by an executive Committee of volunteer workers, and aims to help people of rural India by financing village-based schemes. The SCMC Trust reports demographic analysis of the recipients of assistance to the VDC, which transparency, the VDC hopes, will encourage more donors to come forward to pursue their philanthropic goals .