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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vidyādvāra literally means ‘doors of knowledge’.

Vidyā or knowledge cannot be given to any and every person. There are rules and restrictions regarding imparting it. According to one version, the following six persons are vidyādvāras or those fit to receive it:

  1. A brahmacāri residing in the guru’s house
  2. One who is eager to learn and is prepared to pay the fees
  3. One who is intelligent enough to understand well
  4. One who is learned in the Vedas and wants to learn other sciences
  5. One who is dear like a son or a friend but having the capacity to receive the knowledge
  6. One who is prepared to exchange his specialized knowledge for another field of knowledge


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore