Avadhootha Datta Peetham

His Holiness Parama Pujya Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji is the Pontiff of Avadhoota Datta Peetham at Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Ashrama in Mysore, India.

Sri Swamiji is the greatest spiritual leaders of the present day is an asset to India and the world at large. Revival of culture, reformation of society and establishing peace, happiness and universal brotherhood among mankind and transforming into godly men is His mission.

As a part of his mission Sri Swamiji started the Avadhootha Datta Peetham nearly 45 years ago; built 77 Datta temples all over the world. Pujya Sri Swamiji's universal vision and deep compassion to uplift humanity has inspired the Avadhoota Datta Peetham to run a vast variety of programs, activities and projects towards enrichment of human life.


Various activities of Dattapeetham are :

Vedic Education (SGS VedaPhatasala)

Traditional Education is imparted to students in the schools (SGS VedaPhatasala) for Veda, Sastra, Samskruta, Aagama in Mysore and other branches. Priest Training Centre caters to needs of various sections of the society. In order to preserve and propagate the traditional knowledge in its pristine form, Examinations are conducted in Vedas annually on a national scale. Seminars, work shops, discourses on various subjects such as philosophy, mythology, epics, art, music are regularly held in Mysore and other branches regularly.

Primary Education (SGS Schools)

More than 3000 poor children study in the schools run by His Holiness in Mysore, Gunturu and other places.

SGS Vagdevi School for communication impaired, Datta Peetham is running a school for communication impaired in Bangalore. Run with professional staff, the school attends to the special learning needs of a communication impaired child.

Datta Peetham shoulders the cost of all supplies and building maintenance to ensure that the children will receive a proper education and a good chance to succeed in modern India.

Datta Peetham renovates, builds class rooms; provide furniture/ equipment to many schools which caters to poorer sections of the society, every year.

Scientific Research (I.S.E.R.V.E)

I-SERVE (Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas) is a scientific research institute dedicated to dig out the technical details of Vedic sciences from ancient Indian literature and make it useful to mankind.


In addition to intense spiritual activity, ashram life is also devoted to helping the poor. It is a tradition that all ashram visitors are fed free and food is distributed to the needy on a regular basis. More than 10 Lakh people are fed annually in Mysore and branches.

Cultural Promotion

His Holiness Sri Swamiji is perhaps the most popular music saint of our times.

The musical persona of Sri Swamiji has three facets.

First is the composer. Sri Swamiji is a prolific composer and has composed in many Indian languages, thousands of Bhajans and Kirtans.

The second face is that of the prime mover of "Raga Ragini Vidya".
It goes to the singular credit of Sri Swamiji to revive the concept of "Music for Meditation and Healing".

The third facet is that of a cultural promoter.
Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Ashrama has hosted thousands and thousands of concerts by musicians of international repute. Wherever Sri Swamiji travels, musicians are invited to perform or to receive honors in recognition of their services to the society. Nada Mantapa the beautiful auditorium in Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Ashrama, Mysore is a standing testimony to Sri Swamiji's love for music and culture.

Health Services (SGS Vaidhya Seva)

Free medical services (free advice and medicines where available) are being given in all branches of Ashrama these services are going in the name of SGS Charitable Hispital.

Humane Services (SDHS)

The main motto of SDHS (Sri Datta Humane Service) work force is to be one of serving humanity with love, affection and all concern under the guidance of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. Discipline, Dedication, Devotion and Discretion are the four pillars of strength of this work force.

Shelter to Helpless (Amma Vodi)

Youth Empowerment (Vidyarthi Gnanabodh Sabha)

Datta Peetham has developed a program to improve personality development for children and youth by Vidyarthi Gnanaboda Saba. In Vidyarthi Gnanaboda Saba, children learn religious practices, prayers, bhajans, the significance of holy days, and spiritual values.

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga helps aspirants to learn to activate and control their senses and to control their thought processes. Kriya Yoga involves learning breath control (Pranayama) to effectively channel the flow of prana (life force) which traverses the 72,000 nadis or astral nerves in the human body. By doing so the aspirant learns to direct mental power to open the three granthis, important knots in the nervous system, which obstruct the rhythmic flow of prana. By undoing these knots a kriya yogi opens the path for Kundalini energy to flow. According to Markandeya Purana, Kriya Yoga was revealed by Lord Dattatreya to great saints and yogis of ancient India. Sri Swamiji has made it a part of His mission to revive this ancient knowledge

Moolika Bonsai gardens

Sri Swamiji has special interest in developing spiritual gardens thereby enlightening people about divinity of Mother Nature. Datta Peetham boasts of a great Moolika Bonsai garden with rare medicinal herbs being grown across a spread of a hectare.