Pathashala—Traditional Sanskrit School
In the district of Jaunpur in North India, the Himalayan Institute has supported a pathashala, or traditional Sanskrit school. For half a century, this school has been an active institution for the indigenous arts and sciences of ancient India. It is one of the rare schools where Sanskrit is the medium for teaching and speaking. With the Institute’s support, the Sanskrit school built new classrooms and established a library.
A Traditional Way of Learning
Himalayan Institute funding also provided lodging and boarding to students studying in the traditional gurukula style, in which students study scripture and practice spiritual discipline while living with their teachers.
These efforts have helped to reintroduce subjects such as Vedic astrology, Vastu Shastra (Vedic architecture), and the science of mantra and rituals. The ancient wisdom of the sages is preserved in the hearts and minds of those who study here.