Saraswati Shishu Mandir

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Saraswati Sishu Mandir (Hindi:सरस्वती शिशु मन्दिर)are a group of schools run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[1]Saraswati” is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and other creative arts. In Sanskrit “sishu” means children and “mandir” means temple.

The birthplace of Saraswati Shishu Mandir is in Pakkibagh, Gorakhpur - a district of Uttar Pradesh in India. In 1952, late Nanaji Deshmukh and a group of RSS activists planned to educate children about Hindutva (the nationalistic Hindu way of life) and shri Krishna Chandra Gandhi opened the first school in Gorakhpur.[2] Prior to this, Gita school was established at Kurukshetra in the year 1946 by Shri Guruji, M.S. Golwalker.

The education style in these schools is a blend of ancient Indian education style as prescribed in the Vedas, nationalistic Hindu pride, and contemporary subjects taught in the local language. They address the male teacher as aacharya (teacher)and female teacher as Didi/bahenji. The day starts with plenty of prayers to goddess Saraswati in Sanskrit and Hindi, omkar, Gayatri Mantra. Other patriotic songs and didactic motivational stories are also recited. They sing Shanti Path by which they pray to good for Peace and prosperity of every human being. They also worship Bharat Mata.

As on 2010, about 17,000 schools have been instituted across India. All state-level committees are affiliated to the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan[3] educational system, headquartered in Delhi.Most of the schools follows NCERT books and CBSE syllabus.

Across all grades, the school starts with a zero period(शुन्य कालांश). In this class, the teacher tells students about historical stories and legends of freedom fighters and religions of India.

At the end of school time students sing vande Matram. In many schools, students of north east states are getting education free of cost. In this school all the students are taking lunch to-gather with Teachers (Acharya ji)after a Bhojan Mantra. There are several ashrams run by the saraswati shishu mandir for welfare of Tribes, where they get free education/ food etc.

Many schools are currently running in rural areas for the betterment of Rural India. All those schools are funded by other schools. Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan is working with an aim of providing quality education and creation of patriot student in society. Class rooms are in the name of various historic person such as Kabir, Rahim, Kalidas, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat singh etc.