His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji is a spiritual leader who is an enlightened being and a lover of humanity. He is the 24th pontiff of the glorious Sri Suttur Math, which was established in the 10th century at Suttur, Mysuru. Swamiji was trained spiritually by his predecessor His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, who was the founder president of JSS Mahavidyapeetha.The JSS Mahavidyapeetha is an educational and cultural organization which fulfills the educational needs of the villages in Karnataka. At the tender age of 29 years, he assumed the Peeta and is spearheading the activities of the math and various other organizations under it since 1986. Swamiji established the Bharatiya Samskruthika Parishath an organization which involves the leadership of various religious heads of different religions, aiming the betterment of mankind. Swamiji had a major role in the formation of the Foundation for Unity of Religions, along with His excellency Dr. A. P. J Abdul Kalam, the former president of India. Apart from his relentless efforts for the establishment of peace and harmony, Swamiji also takes initiatives to spread Indian culture and spirituality. JSS SPIRITUAL MISSION, at Maryland, USA is one such establishment which works on this idea. Swamiji is a true messenger of peace who directs the society and its leaders to bring in peace and harmony. By establishing Vedic schools and Gurukulas, Swamiji ensures that the knowledge received from ancient spiritual scripts and illustrious spiritual masters is passed on to the next generation. His services stretch to all levels of the society through various establishments including schools, colleges, hospitals, old age homes orphanages, rehabilitation centers, co-operative societies etc. His presence in the International Festival of Yogic Heritage is truly a blessing.