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About Anaadi Foundation

Founded by Shri. Adinarayanan and Smt. Smrithi, Anaadi Foundation is a Socio-spiritual organization dedicated to Self-Unfoldment of individuals. Anaadi in Sanskrit means "beginningless". The programs offered by Anaadi Foundation are aimed at inspiring young people to lead a self-reliant, sustainable and fulfilled life. Anaadi Foundation offers educational programs and conducts active research based on Indian Sciences including Indian Astronomy, Ayurveda, Cognitive-Neurosciences from a Yogic Perspective, and Indic ecology. The programs at Anaadi are woven with scientific, historic and psycho-social insights from the Ithihasa and Purana making the content relatable and relevant to a modern audience.

Vikasa Indic Youth Leadership program, summer Himalayan Yatra and Sustainability Immersion Program are flagship programs of the foundation. Anaadi Foundation also conducts Indian Sciences seminar series for school and college students on the achievements and depth of Indic sciences.

Education-Rural and Indic, Well-being, Culture and Sustainability are the focus areas of Anaadi Foundation. The highly qualified members of Anaadi Foundation work tirelessly to create concrete impact on the society through innovative rural and urban programs.

In November 2017, Anaadi Foundation was selected to participate in the ICT and Value Education panels at Chintan Shivir,a 2 Day National Workshop by MHRD. The foundation continues to contribute in this initiative of the Govt of India. Anaadi Foundation is also involved in Rural Education with the support of Tamil Nadu Government and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan of Government of India.

    Anaadi Foundation is now an associate center of Indian Yoga Association.


Shriman Adinarayanan and Matrushree (Ma) Smrithi Adinarayanan are the founding Gurus of Anaadi Foundation. After a deep spiritual experience (which he later realised as the experience of Samadhi) during his graduate studies in the US, Adinarayanan had a strong desire to return to India to dedicate himself to spirituality and serving the society. Since their marriage in 2004, Adinarayanan and Smrithi have been leading a yogic life of simplicity and purpose. After spending some time in the software industry and with the intention of living a life that can be of benefit to a larger number of people, especially the youth, they moved to academics. Their sadhana and Adinarayanan's mouna tapasya of more than 150 days inspired them to make the essence of the spiritual parampara of the country available to everyone. They continue to teach at various institutions including IIT-Delhi. After more than a decade of teaching and research experience, the dampati started Anaadi Foundation for loka sangraha and since then they have been reaching out to children, youth and families through their online and in-person programs on Yoga, Ithihasa-Purana and Vedanta blending unique insights from modern science. Being grihasthas and being able to integrate sadhana into their daily life has inspired a lot of grihasthas who visit the ashram. Read here to know more about their vision and what inspires them. More about their professional profiles here: Adinarayanan and Smrithi Adinarayanan


Venkatapathy S

Program Director- Rural Youth Initiatives

With a PhD from Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy, Venkat is a great science communication enthusiast and an all-round intellect. He is the CTO of EduSeva Technologies, a social enterprise to enhance the quality of education.He priorly worked with Amrita E-Learning Research Labs and Cognizant. He loves interacting with the youth and is passionate about enhacing the tech skills and employability of rural youth.

Sooryanarayan D G

Program Director - School Education Initiatives

Recipient of the Gold Medal and Joshna Memorial Award 2015 for his Masters at Amrita University, Soorya handles the school education initiatives at Anaadi. He is the CEO of EduSeva Technologies, a social enterprise to enhance the quality of education. He priorly worked with Amrita E-Learning Research Labs and Tata Consultancy Services - CTO Group.

Prajna Cauvery

Program Director - Sustainability Initiatives

Prajna designs and develops curricula for the Sustainability Education programs that are offered to children and youth. An Electrical Engineer by education, Prajna is the Global Schools Ambassador at UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and part of ESD Expert Net at Engagement Global - Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen.

Varalakshmi L

Director- Health Initiatives and Indic Health Systems Researcher

Varalakshmi L, a former Software and Healthcare Systems Engineer, is currently researching into Indic health systems and working towards bettering their reach at a policy and grassroots level. She networks with various Indic health care practitioners and policy experts to create integrated health and nutrition policies.


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Tamil Nadu 642128

Anaadi Foundation

4/84, Iyvar Malai
North Thathanaickenpatti
Palani Taluk

Located in the foothills on Periya Ivar Malai, North Thathanaickenpatti, Near Palani, Anaadi's 9-acre ashram is a place dedicated to the pursuit of spiritual sadhana, tapasya and intense learning. Ashram life is simple and satvik with principles from Yoga and Ayurveda woven into the schedule and menu. The day begins with Guru vandanam, Yogic Practices, Meditation and chanting. The library at the ashram has a set of carefully chosen books that enhance the spiritual thirst of the sadhakas and many youngsters find it very enriching. The residents at the ashram are technologists and engineers and hence you can find them working intensely on various projects during off-sadhana hours. You can find the ashram teeming with children during the weekends