Established in the year 1954 the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara Mahavidyapeetha has been described by many eminent educationists as an institution greater than a university, because under its aegis a child can begin its education in the kindergarten and proceed to earn a degree as well a doctorate in several branches of learning. Simultaneously the Mahavidyapeetha has not neglected to strengthen the roots of our ancient knowledge, wisdom and culture and their application in the day to day life. Sanskrit Pathashalas, Yoga Kendras, Spiritual Retreats, Gurukulas, Art and Cultural forums are doing this work. Today the Mahavidyapeetha has grown into a center of learning that guides and manages more than 310 institutions spread throughout Karnataka, neighboring Tamil Nadu and also in Uttar Pradesh. Every year thousands of aspirants of education and knowledge join the fold of the Mahavidyapeetha.
Distinguished National leaders including the first President of India, Dr. Babu Rajendraprasad and the present President Smt. Prathibha Devising Patil and former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. Former Prime Ministers such as Sri Rajiv Gandhi, Sri V.P.Singh, Sri Chandrashekar, Sri H.D.Devagowda and Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee and the present Prime Minister Sri Manmohan Singh have visited the Math and the Mahavidyapeetha and paid rich tributes to the services rendered by them.