Veda - Sanskrit Pathashala
The preservation and propagation of Vedic Culture find high priority on the list of aims and objects of the Samsthan. Manik Prabhu Veda Pathashala is an institution founded to serve this objective. The Pathashala does not charge any fees to its students and provides free food and accommodation. Learned Vedic Pundits are appointed to teach Rig Veda and Yajur Veda. Classes in Atharva Veda and Sama Veda are shortly to begin. The Pathashala is recognized by the Government and follows a 6-year study course prescribed by the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain. Around 100 full-time Vedic students are pursuing education here. More than 12 well-qualified and experienced teachers have been appointed to impart knowledge of the Vedas in the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara. Hundreds of students that have passed out, after completion of their six-year course, today are spread across the nation and globe. In a time when there is an advent of modern education, the Veda Pathashala in Maniknagar remains one of the very few institutions in India, to impart the ancient Vedic education. In 2017, during the bicentenary celebrations of Shri Sadguru Manik Prabhu Maharaj, the Samsthan organised a two-day Veda Sammellan. The event was attended by renowned Vedic pundits, Sankrit scholars and students from all over India.
With the aim of providing quality education at the primary level, Shri Manik Prabhu Shikshan Samiti, Samsthan’s educational wing, runs a nursery and primary school called Manik Vidyalaya. The School has classes from Nursery to Grade 5 and acts as a feeder school to the Manik Public School. The school imparts the much required cultural, moral and spiritual training to the young kids. Recitation of Bhagawadgeeta, learning of basic Sanskrit and celebration of all important festivals forms an integral part of the school’s cultural training. The school also gives due importance to Music, Art and Crafts. The school is housed in the serene environs of Subbaiah Temple. The playful and homely atmosphere and the highly spirited teachers make the school a joyful place to learn.
Shri Manik Prabhu Anathalaya was established in the year 1995. This institution shelters more than 100 orphaned and destitute children. Shri Manik Prabhu Shikshan Samiti, apart from providing food and accommodation, provides books, clothing and educational material, all free of cost, to these less privileged children. The Samiti makes sure that the students do not fall short of anything. The Samiti also envisages of starting vocational courses for these children along with school education, which will help them to earn their livelihood when they step out of this institution.
Manik Sports Academy
Manik Sports Academy, has been established with the intention of inclucating a sporting attitude and spirit in the sections of our society that are bereft of top class facilities and providing much needed guidance to the youth in the region. The main objective of the Academy is to train the rural youth in different sports disciplines. To fulfill this objective the Academy has developed sporting infrastructure in Maniknagar, which includes facilities like: Olympic Category II swimming pool, basketball court, badminton court, cricket ground (turf) and atheletic and running track (400 metres). The Academy regularly organises tournaments, traning camps, lectures and workshops. Recently, the Academy for its efforts was awarded, Government of Karnataka’s “Karnataka Kreeda Poshak Award – 2020. The Academy was also accredited as a ‘Khelo India Centre’ under the Khelo India Talent Development Programme by the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of India.
Manik Public School
The Manik Public School is the flagship of Samsthan’s educational activities. The School was established by His Holiness Shri Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj in the year 1972. The School has, since then, set many milestones and is today recognized as one of the leading educational institutions of region . Affiliated to the C.B.S.E., New Delhi, the school is a unique example of the synthesis of the modern with the traditional system of education. The school offers ample opportunities for the all-around development of the students by exposing them to various hobbies and extra-curricular activities. The school has picturesque surrounding and is situated on a tiny hillock called ‘Manigiri’, with lots of greenery and a pollution-free and educationally inviting environment. There are around 600 students on the rolls and the school offers the best in terms of modern education along with training in responsibility so that when the students pass out of the institution they are capable of handling challenges of life with confidence. The school gives due importance to the cultural development of a child. Apart from a host of scholastic activities, festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Eid-ul-Fitr and Holi are celebrated in the school so that students imbibe in them the best of India’s rich and diverse religious and cultural ethos.
School for the Visually Imapired
In furtherance of its objective of working for the poor and the disadvantaged, Shri Manik Prabhu Shikshan Samiti started Shri Manik Prabhu School for the Blind in the year 1999. This is a residential school with full-time teachers who are trained in Braille. Within a very short span of time this school gained the support and confidence of the general public of the Bidar district. Presently over 100 blind children are pursuing their studies in this school. A team of competent teachers and other support staff has been appointed to ensure all-around educational development of the students. The Government of Karnataka has honoured Shri Manik Prabhu Shikshan Samiti with a STATE AWARD for its outstanding services in the field of education and rehabilitation of the lesser privileged children.
Realizing the need for modern education, Shri Shankar Manik Prabhu Maharaj, the fourth successor to Shri Prabhu’s Peetha, established ‘Manik Vidyalaya’ in the year 1940. The School, in the course of time, grew to become a leading educational institution in this area. Shri Siddharaj Manik Prabhu Maharaj, the fifth Peethadhipati of the Samsthan, brought about major reformations to this institution in the year 1957 and changed the medium of instruction from Marathi to Hindi. Presently around 600 students are studying in this school, which now offers education in Kannada medium.
Manik Prabhu Library
The credit of establishing the first public library in this region goes to Shri Manik Prabhu Shikshan Samiti – one of the educational wings of the Samsthan. This 50-year-old library houses more than 20,000 books on subjects as diverse and varied as philosophy, religion, culture, history, literature and medicine. It also comprises many invaluable manuscripts relating to Vedic & Sanskrit literature. The Samiti is grateful to Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation of Kolkata for coming forward in helping the Library in upgrading its services and facilities. The Library has begun transliteration of century-old Urdu and Modi documents, letters and diaries. Apart from this, the scanning of Samsthan’s old and rare manuscripts are also under progress. The library has also taken up digitisation of Samsthan’s photographs, videographs and audio recordings. This has helped the Samsthan in unearthing many unknown facts, information and details of its glorious past.
Shri Sadguru Manik Prabhu Maharaj was also a great musicologist who composed numerous padas in Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, and Kannada. Such was his mastery and authority over the field of music that great maestros of Hindustani classical music of his time such as Tarra Hussain Khan and Bade Mohammad Khan considered it an honour and privilege to perform before him. Maniknagar thus became a ‘Musician’s Mecca’.
Shri Manik Prabhu Samsthan has been patronizing music and providing a platform to both upcoming and established musicians. It has also protected and encouraged regional folk music and art. The Samsthan has been selflessly working to train talented young musicians and is also providing them with the required platform for the exhibition of their musical talent by way of organizing regular concerts and music sessions at Maniknagar. In keeping with the great musical heritage, the Samsthan regularly hosts music festivals, seminars, lectures and workshops on various issues relating to Indian classical music, dance, theatre, and art.
Almost all legends of Hindustani classical music such as Pandit Vishnu Digambar Pakuskar, Padit Bhaskar Bua Bakhle, Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Basvraj Rajguru, Smt. Gangubai Hangal, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Allarakkha Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Smt. Prabha Atre, Smt. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty and many more have performed at Maniknagar.
The Annual Datta Jayanti Mahotsava (held every year in the month of December) is an occasion for all musicians to congregate at Maniknagar for offering their Seva. Thousands of music lovers sit in rapt attention to listen to a host of renowned and upcoming artists who perform during the DARBAR (a night-long musical session) which forms the concluding part of the Mahotsava. This Darbar has a history of more than 175 years and is compared to the famous music festivals of the country such as the Tansen Samaroh of Gwalior, The Sawai Gandharva Mahotsava of Pune and the Harvallabh Music Festival of Punjab.
Maniknagar has been a source of inspiration for musicians all over India. Such is the great musical tradition of Maniknagar that a musician does not feel artistic satisfaction unless he earns the honour of performing in the famous Darbar of Shri Prabhu Maharaj at Maniknagar. Manik Prabhu Sangeet Vidyalaya is an effort by the Manigiri Welfare Trust to uphold this great musical heritage by exposing young children to nuances of Indian classical music.