T. S. RANGANNA
NENAPU DIVYANUBHAVA — Part 2: Edited by Maleyuru Guruswamy; Pub. by Jagadguru Shivarathreeswara Granthamale, Mysore-570004. Rs. 130.
THE ERSTWHILE princely state of Mysore hosted many educational institutions, thanks to the benevolent maharajas, notably Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. That was the time when different religious heads also dedicated themselves to the cause of education by establishing schools and colleges. One such benefactor was Shivaratri Rajendra Swami of Suttur Math. He established a number of educational institutions in Mysore, Chamaraja Nagar, and Bangalore districts. Many of their products had a successful career and rose to occupy high positions in public life.
Decades ago, realising that no student with an empty stomach can concentrate on studies, Rajendra Swami started hostels and ensured that the inmates are provided with adequate food — an initiative that could well be regarded as a forerunner to the government-aided free mid-day meal scheme.
This book is a collection of articles eulogising Rajendra Swami and his services in the field of education, benefiting mostly students from the rural, socially deprived sections of the population. Contributors include the Jnanapeeth Awardee Kuvempu, and a few former University Vice-Chancellors, besides those who had worked or studied in the institutions started by the swami.