About Cif

Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), established in 1989, is a research centre for the advanced study in Sanskrit and Indology affiliated to Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi and recognised by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. It is a cross-cultural forum for the exchange of knowledge. Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda visualized CIF as a bridge between the East and the West, past and present, science and spirituality, and the pundit and the public. CIF is located at the birthplace of Adi Sankara at Veliyanad in Kerala, which is about 30 kms from the city of Ernakulam. Originally known as the Melpazhur Mana, and named by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda as Adi Sankara Nilayam, this is the home of Aryamba, the mother of Adi Sankara. Set in Kerala’s lush green and sylvan beauty, amidst sacred shrines and water ponds, Adi Sankara Nilayam has an ambience that is at once academic and divine. 

CIF is equipped with a well-furnished library, computer centre and residential accommodation with boarding facilities. It is an ideal place for learning, reflection, and retreat, as well as for conferences and conventions. CIF provides tutelage for Ph.D. students by a team of scholars of national repute. Erudite scholars on various branches of Sanskrit learning and Indian Philosophy are available for discussions and clarifications.