His Holiness Sri Marulasiddha
12th Century A.D.
(Founder of Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Brihanmath)
Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru
Dr. Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji
Founder, President, STJ Education Society, Sirigere
Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Institute of Technology is established by the religious Organization namely, Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Brihanmath, which is well-known in Karnataka for its yeoman service in the field of rural education. Under the auspices of this organization are running more than 172 institutions right from nursery to the Engineering College all over the State of Karnataka.

Nearly 32 thousand students are studying in various schools and colleges of this organization which is one of the biggest private Educational Organization in Karnataka. More then Six thousand students are provided with free boarding and lodging.

History of the Brihanmath:
Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Brihanmath, Sirigere is situated in Chitradurga Dist and is having a very large number of followers. It was founded by saint "Marulasiddha" during 12th century AD. The saint Marulasiddha blessed his successor with the divine words "Tarala ! Balu !" (Long Live! My Lord!) and that is how the pontiffs of this sacred seat are came to be known as "Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru". True to the spirit of the blessings of their founder, the pontiffs of this Brihanmath have been rendering yeoman service for the upliftment of the society for the last eight centuries.

The present pontiff of the Brihanmath is Dr. Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji who succeeded to this religious seat in the year 1979. The swamiji is an eminent Sanskrit scholar with Ph.D from Banaras Hindu University. His Holiness is also the President of the Education Society. Treading the path of his predecessor, the Swamiji has been relentlessly striving for the upliftment of the rural poor and the downtrodden.

The role of technology in the development of a country is well known. It is the content and quality of technical education that ensures the availability of technology in the country. When the whole world is emerging as a global village, it is technological edge of a country that enables it to survive in this competitive world. It is only institutions having enlightened management and qualified, dedicated faculty that could ensure the availability of technical personnel to meet the needs of a country.

It is against this back drop His Holiness Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Dr. Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, had established Sri Tarabalu Jagadguru Institute of Technology at Ranebennur in the year 1980.

Sirigere is situated on the Poona- Bangalore National Highway (NH4). It is at distance of 227 KM from Bangalore and is located between Chitradurga (27 KM), the District Head Quarters, and Davangere (50 KM). It can be easily recognized while traveling on the National Highway No.4 by the presence of an attractive arch on the western side. Sirigere is just 6 KM from this Arch.

How to reach Sirigere?
If you are coming from the direction of Bangalore, please get down at Chitradurga and change the bus to Sirigere. If you are coming from the direction of Poona or Hubli-Dharwar please get down at Davangere and change the bus to Sirigere. There are many buses plying from Chitradurga and Davangere to Sirigere at regular intervals.

If you miss the direct buses to Sirigere, you can board in any bus plying between Chitradurga and Davangere, and get down at the Arch (Sirigere Bennur Circle). From this Bennur Circle, many private mini vans, jeeps are available to Sirigere (6 Kms). There is a nice guest house of the Ashram to stay even if you arrive in Sirigere at late hours.

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