About Govardhan Matha
It is generally accepted as tradition that Adi Shankaracharya (The Greatest Indian Philosopher) founded four mathas (monasteries) as seats of Hindu religion at four ends of India- the Sringeri matha on the Sringeri hills in the south, the Sharada matha on the Dwaraka coast in the west, the Jyotish matha at Badrinath in the north, the Govardhan matha at Puri, Orissa in the east. These are the four major spiritual centres in India.
Jagadguru Swami Shri Bharti Krishna Tirthaji Mahraja- the father of Vedic Mathematics became the Shankaracharya (Head) of Govardhan Matha Puri in 1925.Hence the Govardhan Monastery in Puri,Orissa became the seat of Vedic Mathematics as well along with other philosophical subjects.
The current head of Govardhan Monastery His Holiness Jagadguru Swami Sri Nischalananda Saraswatiji is an eminent Mathematician himself and has authored over seven books on Vedic Mathematics which are Ankapadiyam, Swastik Ganit, Ganita Darshan etc.
About The Current Shankaracharya
Born in the year 1943 as Nilambarji in the village of Haripur Bakshitol in North India to pious parents. A Very talented student Nilambarji started his education in the Sciences, Mathematics and other Sanskrit Texts.
In the young age of 16 he was inclined towards spirituality and he left home for Delhi to gain the blessings of the Sankaracharya of the Jyotish Matha. He was named ‘ Dhruvachaitanya’ by the great saint.
In 1970 he begins his pilgrimage of various holy places in the corners of India and gains insight into pure knowledge and broadens his horizons. Shortly in 1974 he gains sainthood and was renamed ‘ Nischalananda Saraswati’.
His Holiness then studies Vedas, Upanishads, Sciences, Mathematics deeply and other ancient texts of India of significance and importance.
Due to his personality and knowledge of scriptures His Holiness was crowned the Head of Govardhan Monastery in 1992 and he is the 145th Sankaracharya of the order. Thereafter he preaches in the corners of India about Vedas, the unity of the nation etc.
His Holiness is an eminent Mathematician and a scholar. He has authored the books on the basis of Vedic mathematics and has devoted all his books to the Late Bharti Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja.
Ankapadiyam: – This book launched in 2006 has recently become the focus of attraction of some eminent mathematicians from across the globe. Another name for this text is also Sutra Ganit (Sutra = Word Formula, Ganit = Mathematics).
In this the philosophical base is given as to why number counting should begin from 0 and not 1. In this text it has been highlighted that in the Vedic literature and scriptures zero was an important concept and attribute. The book has tried to make the readers understand Mathematics from the philosophical point of view. It states Zero is a Place above One. It makes us understand that it is zero which is the mother of all numbers. The Books shows patterns which emerge if you start the number counting from zero.
He has given 18 sutras to understand this and has given all the sources so that there is no controversy regarding the claim.
His Holiness states that to understand this book you need knowledge of Hindi Grammar (Since the book is in Hindi and not English) and of course Mathematics.
Swastika Ganit :- The swastika (from Sanskrit meaning “good fortune” or “well-being”) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles in either left-facing or right-facing direction. The swastika is a sacred symbol in Hinduism , Buddhism , Jainism and Odinism . The Hindu version is often decorated with a dot in each quadrant .
In this work His Holiness has given such principles which will help us to understand the system of Vedic Maths. The symbol of Swastika can be written to write the numerals from 1-10 and also be used to add, subtract, multiply and divide. This book is in its second edition now and it continues to astonish its readers.
Ganita Darshan:- In this spiritual text His Holiness has shown that like other fields, Mathematics can be a path to salvation of the soul.