The Chitrapur Sunbeam (Chitrapur Ravikiran) was started with the Blessings of H.H. Shrimat Anandashram Swamiji in January 1954 as a quarterly. Earlier, i.e. from 1933 to 1953, the "Math News and Notes" were circulated as a supplement to the monthly Kanara Saraswat Magazine. The objective of the Sunbeam was clearly highlighted in the Editorial for the Inaugural issue:
1. Propagation of Dharma
2. Publication of Math accounts, news, and notes, and
3. A means of periodical contact between the Math and the 'little community which created the Math'.
Shri H. Shankar Rau, the Founder Editor, further wrote "Hitherto, the Math and the line of Sadgurus were the great unifying influences. To these is now added the Sunbeam. It's light should be welcomed in every Chitrapur Saraswat Home. It will give us light without the heat. It will keep in view the light of all lights. The common source of all. It will not engage in any controversy of any kind......"
The Ravikiran was converted to a monthly journal from January 1976 as desired by H.H. Shrimat Parijnanashram Swamiji. It contains Aashirvachans & Pravachans of our revered Swamijis, and so also teachings of other great saints. The Math Calendar, Festivals, Monthly Annapoorna List, H.H. Swamiji's schedules, forthcoming events, Report on Mahasabha & Standing Committee decisions and Math Accounts are regularly published.
The Sunbeam continues to be the mouthpiece of the Math and plays an important role in keeping the community in constant touch with the happenings at the Math, apart from regularly providing interesting, and enlightening reading. A children's section " My First Little Sunbeam' has been added, with interesting stories, quizzes etc. which will familiarize our children with our culture, traditions and values.
You can receive the Sunbeam every month through your life time for a nominal subscription of Rs 500/- only, for those in India.
All correspondence regarding publishing material may be addressed to the Editor, Shri V Rajgopal Bhat, C 8 Balkrishna CHS, Seven Bungalows, Andheri (W) Mumbai 400 053
For prompt action regarding subscriptions, change of address etc., please contact Shri V P Hattiangadi, 18/D Balgovindas Society, Taikal Wadi Road, Mumbai - 400 016.