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We, Madhwa Brahmins are followers of Jagadguru Sriman Madhwacharya. We originally hail from places in Karnataka and the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Our main dialects are Kannada, Tulu, Marathi, Telugu and Konkani.

A brief background of Jagadguru Sri Madhwacharya:

prathamO hanumAn nAma dviteeyO bheema Eva cha |
pUrNaprajna tRuteeyastu bhagavat kAryasAdhakaH ||

As the above shloka from khila vAyustuti explains, Sri Madhwacharya (also known by the names Poornaprajna and Anandateertha) is the third incarnation of Lord MukhyaprAna Vaayu, after Lord Hanuman and Lord Bheemasena. He is the chief proponent of TattvavAda, popularly known as Dvaita. He was born on Vijayadashami day of 1238 CE at Paajaka Kshetra, a small village near Udupi. He is the 22nd commentator on the Brahma sutras of Lord Sri Veda Vyasa.

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08 May, 2009

Madhwa maThas

Madhwa maThas
(Compiled by Balachandra)
List of Madhwa maThas (not in any specific order!)

1) palimAru maTha
2) adamAru maTha
3) kRuShNApura maTha
4) puttige maTha
5) shIrUru maTha
6) sOde maTha
7) kANiyUru maTha
8) pEjAvara maTha
9) banDArakEri maTha
10) subrahmaNya maTha
11) rAghavendra swAmi maTha
12) uttarAdi maTha
13) sOsale vyAsarAjara maTha
14) sAgarakaTTe vyAsarAjara maTha
15) kundApura vyAsarAjara maTha
16) muLabAgilu srIpAdarAjara maTha 
17) bhImanakaTTe munivRunda maTha
18) bALigAru Arya akshObhya tIrtha maTha
19) kUdli Arya akshObhya tIrtha maTha
20) thambehaLLi mAdhava tIrtha maTha
21) kaNva maTha
22) kAshi maTha
23) partagALi jeevOttama maTha
24) chitrApura maTha 

Udupi (tauLava or Shivalli) Madhwa maThas

Acharya Madhva established eight maThas in Udupi and handed over the responsibility of performing pooja of Udupi Krishna idol and spreading of tatvavaada in the tauLava region. The maThas were named in accordance with the names of the nearby villages where the maThas had the most assets. Thus Palimaru, Adamaru, Krishnapura, Puttige, Shiruru, Sode, Kaniyuru and Pejavara maThas came to be known as the ashTa-maThas of Udupi.
(Note: Sode maTha was earlier known as KumbhAshi maTha. During the time of Sri Vadiraja teertha, the headquarters was shifted to Sode in UK district of Karnataka)
During Acharya Madhva’s time the organization of the maThas was slightly different than now. There were three swamijis in each maTha. The oldest swami, was not involved in the administration of the maTha’s affairs. Instead, he concentrated on teaching the youngest swami as well as spent his time in meditation. The younger (middle) swami was in-charge of the daily affairs of the maTha as well as performed other obligatory functions for the spiritual uplift of the society in general. The youngest swami was usually a mere boy, being indoctrinated to ascend to the higher position.
Many palm leaf scrolls belonging to 14th century onwards are preserved in various maThas in Udupi. They are both in the Kannada and Tulu scripts. Many have been lost because of poor preservation techniques. Some have made it to the modern print media and have been published.
Researcher Sri Bannanje Govindacharya has had the privilege of seeing many of the preserved texts from the maThas. With his immense knowledge and interest, Govindacharya, who is proficient in Sanskrit, old Kannada and Tulu scripts, has been able to read these palm leaf documents and translate many into Kannada.
Recently Dr Mukund of Rochester University accomplished a commendable mission of capturing the images of palm leaf documents containing Sarvamoola granthas in a gold coated silicon wafer, thus safely preserving them for the future generations.

Sri PalimAru maTha

The chief branch of Palimaru maTha is in the village Palimaru, which is about 7 km from Padubidri, near Udupi. The maTha is located on the banks of river Shaambhavi. The main deity is Sri Kodanda Rama with Seeta and Lakshmana, gifted by Acharya Madhva to the first yati.
Sri Hrishikesha teertha (1250-1330 AD) is the first yati of this maTha. He was also the first one to be ordained into sanyaasa by Acharya Madhva. That is why the cycle of paryaya system for Krishna pooje begins with this maTha. Sumadhwavijaya mentions that Sri Hrishikesha teertha was one of the favorite disciples of Acharya Madhva. He used to read out the verses of Bhagavatha during discourses by his preceptor.
He has written “Sampradaya paddati” and “Anumadhvacharita” dealing with the early life and works of Madhva. He has personally made a copy of sarvamoola granthas in Tulu script on palm leaves, which is being carefully preserved in the maTha. (Same was copied on to silicon wafer, as already said).

Yati parampare:
1. Sri Hrshikesha Teertha
2. Sri Samatmesha Teertha
3. Sri Aparajita Teertha
4. Sri Vidyamurthi Teertha
5. Sri Rajarajeshwara Teertha
6. Sri Srinidhi Teertha
7. Sri Videsha Teertha
8. Sri Srivallabha Teertha
9. Sri Jagadbhushana Teertha
10. Sri Ramachandra Teertha
11. Sri Vidyanidhi Teertha
12. Sri Suresha Teertha
13. Sri Raghavendra Teertha
14. Sri Raghunandana Teertha
15. Sri Vidyapati Teertha
16. Sri Raghupati Teertha
17. Sri Raghuttama Teertha
18. Sri Ramabhadra Teertha
19. Sri Raghuvarya Teertha
20. Sri Raghupungava Teertha
21. Sri Raghuvara Teertha
22. Sri Raghupravira Teertha
23. Sri Raghubhushana Teertha
24. Sri Raghuratna Teertha
25. Sri Raghupriya Teertha
26. Sri Raghumanya Teertha
27. Sri Raghuvallabha Teertha
28. Sri Vidyamanya Teertha
29. Sri Vidyadheesha Teertha (present swamiji)

Shri Vidyadheesha teertha:
Born: 13-5-1956
Purvashrama name: Ramesha Tantri
Father: Shibaruru Hayagreeva Tantri
Mother: Kasturi amma
Sanyaasa: 10-6-1979
Guru: Sri Vidyamanya teertha
Sri Vidyadeesha teertha swamiji has toured many places along with devotees and given discourses on tatvavaada. He has translated Acharya’s Yamaka Bharatha into Kannada, and written a book on Sundara Kaanda, also in Kannada. His scholarly discourses are highly rated by devotees, and can be heard online at http://www.madhvaradio.org/login.asp
(username and password: harivayu)

Sri Adamaru maTha

Sri Adamaru maTha is second in the hierarchy of aShTa maThas. The name is derived from the village Adamaru in Udupi district, where there is a branch of this MaTha. The first pontiff of this maTha is Sri Narasimha Teertha (also called Narahari Teertha), one of the direct disciples of Sri Madhwacharya.
The deity worshiped in this maTha is Kaleeyamardana Sri Krishna with four hands. The icon depicts Lord Krishna with one leg on the serpent and with the other leg lifted up in a dancing pose. One hand is bent in a dancing pose and the other is holding the tail of the serpent. The other two hands hold the conch and the chakra.

Yati parampare:
1. Sri Narasimha (Narahari) Teertha
2. Sri Kamalekshana Teertha
3. Sri Ramachandra Teertha
4. Sri Vidyadhisha Teertha
5. Sri Vishvapati Teertha
6. Sri Vishvesha Teertha
7. Sri Vedanidhi Teertha
8. Sri Vedaraja Teertha
9. Sri Vidyamurthi Teertha
10. Sri Vaikuntharaja Teertha
11. Sri Vishvaraja Teertha
12. Sri Vedagarbha Teertha
13. Sri Hiranyagarbha Teertha
14. Sri Vishvadhisha Teertha
15. Sri Vishvavallabha Teertha
16. Sri Vishvendra Teertha
17. Sri Vidyapathi Teertha
18. Sri Vibudhapati Teertha
19. Sri Vedavallabha Teertha
20. Sri Vedavandya Teertha
21. Sri Vidyesha Teertha
22. Sri Vibudhavallabha Teertha
23. Sri Vibudhavandya Teertha
24. Sri Vibudhavarya Teertha
25. Sri Vibudhendra Teertha
26. Sri Vibudhadhiraja Teertha
27. Sri Vibudhapriya Teertha
28. Sri VibudhamanyaTeertha
29. Sri Vibudhesha Teertha
30. Sri VishwapriyaTeertha (present swamiji)

Present yati Sri Vishwapriya Teertha:
Born: 30 June 1958
Place: Putthige
Purvashrama name: Raghavendra Mucchinttaya
Father: Gururaj Mucchinttaya
Mother: Lakshmi
Upanayana: at Tirumala in 1966.
Sanyaasa: 1 June 1972
Guru: Sri Vibudhesha Teertha and Sri Vidyamanya Teertha

Sri Krishnapura MaTha
The third maTha under Udupi aShTa maThas is Sri KrishnApura MaTha. It has its main branch in the village KrishnApura near Surathkal in DK district, Karnataka. The first yati of this maTha was Sri Janaardana teertha, a direct disciple of Sri Madhwacharya.
The icon of Kaliya mardana Krishna with two hands was gifted to the first yati by Sri Madhva. The icon is in the attractive pose of Krishna as a child with one leg on the serpent Kaliya and the other leg lifted up. He is holding the tail of the serpent in his left hand. His right hand is in the mudra of abhaya to those who are afraid of the poison.
At the request of Sri Janaardana teertha, Sri Madhva had also given him another icon. It is of Sri Ugra Narasimha who is in the pose of holding Hiranyakashipu on his lap and tearing away his stomach with two hands. The remaining six hands hold various weapons. At the foot of this eight handed ferocious Narasimha is the tiny Prahlada standing with folded hands.

Yati parampare:
1. Sri Janardana Teertha
2. Sri Srivatsankita Teertha
3. Sri Vagisha Teertha
4. Sri Lokesha Teertha
5. Sri Lokantha Teertha
6. Sri Lokapriya Teertha
7. Sri Vidyadhiraja Teertha
8. Sri Vishvavadiraja Teertha
9. Sri Vishvadhisha Teertha
10. Sri Vishvesha Teertha
11. Sri Vishvavandya Teertha
12. Sri Vishvaraja Teertha
13. Sri Dharanidhara Teertha
14. Sri Dharadhara Teertha
15. Sri Prajnamurthi Teertha
16. Sri Tapomurthi Teertha
17. Sri Suresvara Teertha
18. Sri Jagannatha Teertha
19. Sri Suresh Teertha
20. Sri Vishvapungava Teertha
21. Sri Vishvavallabha Teertha
22. Sri Vishvabhushana Teertha
23. Sri Yadavendra Teertha
24. Sri Prajnamurthi Teertha
25. Sri Vidyadhiraja Teertha
26. Sri Vidyamurthi Teertha
27. Sri Vidyavailabha Teertha
28. Sri Vidyendra Teertha
29. Sri Vidyanidhi Teertha
30. Sri Vidyasamudra Teertha
31. Sri Vidyapathi Teertha
32. Sri Vidyadhisha Teertha
33. Sri Vidyapurna Teertha
34. Sri Vidyaratna Teertha
35. Sri Vidyasagara Teertha (present swamiji)

The present peeThAdhipati Sri Vidyasaagara teertha:
Born: March 15, 1958
Original name: Sri Ramaapati Tantri
Father: Sri. Sripati Tantri
Mother: Smt. Janaki
Upanayana: in his ninth year
Sanyaasa deeksha: June 3, 1971 by Sri Sujnanendra teertha of Puttige MaTha
Guru: Sri Vishwottama teertha Swamiji of Sode MaTha
Sri Vidyasagara teertha is a scholar who shuns publicity. Apart from various renovation works of the Udupi Krishna temple during 74-75, 90-91 and 2006-2007 paryaya, swamiji has started a polytechnic college and donated 10 acres of land for the same. During his last paryaya he has offered diamond kavacha to Sri Mukhyaprana idol at Udupi.

Sri Putthige maTha

The main branch of Putthige maTha is in a village called Putthige in Puttur taluk, Daskhina Kannada district, Karnataka. Sri Upendra teertha, one of the direct disciples of Sri Madhvacharya was the first peeThAdhipati of this maTha. Sri Madhvacharya gifted the main deities Sri ViThala with Rukmini and Satyabhama to the first yati. The ViThala icon has a smiling face, conch in one hand, and other hand with abhaya mudra on the waist.

Yati parampara:
1. Sri Upendra Teertha
2. Sri Kavindra Teertha
3. Sri Hamsendra Teertha
4. Sri Yadavendra Teertha
5. Sri Dharanidhara Teertha
6. Sri Damodara Teertha
7. Sri Raghunatha Teertha
8. Sri Srivatsanka Teertha
9. Sri Gopinatha Teertha
10. Sri Ranganatha Teertha
11. Sri Lokanatha Teertha
12. Sri Ramanatha Teertha
13. Sri Srivallabha Teertha
14. Sri Srinivasa Teertha
15. Sri Srinidhi Teertha
16. Sri Gunanidhi Teertha
17. Sri Anandanidhi Teertha
18. Sri Taponidhi Teertha
19. Sri Yadavendra Teertha
20. Sri Kavindra Teertha
21. Sri Raghavendra Teertha
22. Sri Vibudhendra Teertha
23. Sri Surendra Teertha
24. Sri Bhuvanendra Teertha
25. Sri Yogindra Teertha
26. Sri Sumatindra Teertha
27. Sri Sudhindra Teertha
28. Sri Sujnanendra Teertha
29. Sri SugunendraTeertha (present swamiji)

Present swamiji Shri Sugunendra teertha
Born: 1961
Purvashrama name: Hayavadana
Birth place: Maniyuru near Udupi
Father: Govinda Acharya
Mother: Kamalamma
Initiated to sanyasa: 8 April 1974 at the age of 13 years
Guru: Sri Vidyamanya teertha of Bandarakeri maTha
Paryaya: 1976-77, 1992-93, 2008-2009
Sri Sugunendra teertha swamiji established Suguna Trust which is now publishing two periodicals “Sugunamaala” in Kannada and “Suguna Digest” in English. He also established Sri Putthige Vidya PeeTha to produce full-fledged priests to perform various religious rituals.
During his second paryaya he built Geeta Mandira in Udupi which contained Dhyana mandir, Madhwa mandir and Akshara mandir. All the sholkas of Bhagavad geeta and Vishnu Sahasranaama are inscribed on black granite and fixed on the inside walls of this mandir. This architectural masterpiece was inaugurated by the then King of Nepal Sri Bir Bikram Shahdev in December 1993.
In 1997 Swamiji was invited by the NRI members of Cyber Madhwa Sangha and Venkateshwara Temple in Pittsburg to pay a visit to USA which, the swamiji accepted. He toured the length and breadth of USA and gave discourses, conducted seminars and attended philosophical conferences at many places. He also addressed the students of Arizona State University and other universities. He received honours from the Mayors of Oklahama City and other cities. Shri Swamiji established Vishwa Madhwa Sangha for the propagation of spirituality and Tatvavaada far and wide. He was elected the President of World Conference on Religion and Peace for a team of five years.
In 1999 Swamiji paid second visit to USA and got involved in various religious, educational and cultural activities. There he met the US President George Bush and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Swamiji was able to inspire the NRIs to establish three Hindu temples at cities of Phoenix, New Jersy and Los Angeles, and assured that all the prescribed rituals were conducted regularly. The world famous Daily, The Washington Post highlighted Swamiji’s personality and achievements and paid him rich tributes. He also addressed the World Conference on Religion and peace held art Amman, Jordan.
Back home, his third paryaya had a controversial beginning with a section of Madhwas objecting about he ascending the PeeTha and touching the Krishna idol at Udupi. After timely intervention and pressure by other yatis, he finally decided to perform Krishna pooja without physically touching the idol. The alankara pooja, abhisheka, etc. were performed by other AshTha maThas yatis.

Sri Shiroor MaTha

The fifth maTha among the ashTa maThas of Udupi is Sri Shirur maTha. The main branch of this maTha is in a village called Shirur in Udupi district. The first yati was Sri Vaamana teertha, one of the direct disciples of Sriman Madhwacharya. The main idol worshipped in this maTha is that of Sri ViThala with Sridevi and Bhudevi, which was presented to the first peeThAdhipati by Sri Madhva himself.

yati parampara:
1. Sri Vamana Tirtha
2. Sri Vasudeva Tirtha
3. Sri Punyashloka Tirtha
4. Sri Vedagamya Tirtha
5. Sri Vedavyasa Tirtha
6. Sri Vedavedya Tirtha
7. Sri Mahesha Tirtha
8. Sri Krishna Tirtha
9. Sri Raghava Tirtha
10. Sri Suresha Tirtha
11. Sri Vedabhushana Tirtha
12. Sri Srinivasa Tirtha
13. Sri Vedanidhi Tirtha
14. Sri Sridhara Tirtha
15. Sri Yadavittama Tirtha
16. Sri Lakshminarayana Tirtha
17. Sri Vishvabhushana Tirtha
18. Sri Trailokyapavana Tirtha
19. Sri Lakshmikanta Tirtha
20. Sri Lakshminarayana Tirtha
21. Sri Lakshmipathi Tirtha
22. Sri Lakshmidhara Tirtha
23. Sri Lakshmiramana Tirtha
24. Sri Lakshmimanohara Tirtha
25. Sri Lakshmipriya Tirtha
26. Sri Lakshmivallabha Tirtha
27. Sri Lakshmisamudra Tirtha
28. Sri Lakshmindra Tirtha
29. Sri Lakshmivara Tirtha (present swamiji)

The present piiThAdhipati in the lineage, Sri Lakshmivara teertha, is the present chief of this maTha. He was initiated at the age of 8 years in June 1971. Srigalu has completed three paryayas in the years 1978-79, 1994-95, 2010-11. Srigalu is famous for beautifully and artistically decorating the Udupi Krishna idol both during his paryaya and that of others’.

Sri Sode MaTha

The 6th maTha among the Udupi aShTa maThas is the Sode maTha. Two great yatis of all times have adorned the peeTha of this maTha. They are Sri Vishnu teertha and Sri Vadiraja teertha.
Sri Vishnu teertha was the first peeThAdhipati of Sode maTha. He was the younger brother of Sri Madhwacharya in poorvAshrama. He is still said to be alive and performing tapasya at the Kumaradri hills near Kukke Subrahmanya. In distant future he is supposed to revive the Tatvavaada philosophy once again, which by then would have become extinct. For this same purpose Sri Madhwacharya is believed to have preserved his sarvamoola granthas on copper plates, and buried them in a place called Kadtila or Setutila. Incidentally, Sri Vishnu teertha is also the founder of Kukke Subrahmanya maTha.
Sri Sode maTha is unique amongst the Udupi aShTa maThas in the sense that its headquarter is situated at a place called Sode in Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka, whereas all the remaining 7 maThas have their headquarters in Udupi district itself. Interestingly, this maTha was originally known by the name KumbhAshi maTha, with main branch at KumbhAshi near Udupi. (Sri Vadiraja teertha’s birth place Huvinakere is very near to KumbhAshi.) But during the time of Sri Vadiraja, the main branch of this maTha got shifted to Sode, and then onwards it came to be known as Sode maTha.
The main deity of Sode maTha is Sri BhUvarAha, presented to Sri Vishnu teertha by Sri Madhwacharya himself. This idol is known for its beautiful iconography with one thigh of VarAha supporting BhUdEvi, and another leg on the hood of a serpent. Along with this idol, the idol of Lord Hayagreeva is also worshiped in this maTha, which was presented by a local goldsmith to Sri Vadiraja.

Yati parampara:
1. Sri Vishnu Tirtha
2. Sri Vedavyasa Tirtha
3. Sri Vedavedya Tirtha
4. Sri Vedagarbha Tirtha
5. Sri Vareesha Tirtha
6. Sri Vamana Tirtha
7. Sri Vasudeva Tirtha
8. Sri Vedavyasa Tirtha
9. Sri Varaha Tirtha
10. Sri Vedatma Tirtha
11. Sri Vishvavandya Tirtha
12. Sri Ratnagarbha Tirtha
13. Sri Vedanga Tirtha
14. Sri Vidyapati Tirtha
15. Sri Vishvavandya Tirtha
16. Sri Vishva Tirtha
17. Sri Vithala Tirtha
18. Sri Varadaraja Tirtha
19. Sri Vagisha Tirtha
20. Sri Vadiraja Tirtha
21. Sri Vedavedya Tirtha
22. Sri Vidyanidhi Tirtha
23. Sri Vedanidhi Tirtha
24. Sri Varadaraja Tirtha
25. Sri Vishvadhirajendra Tirtha
26. Sri Vadivandya Tirtha
27. Sri Vishvavandya Tirtha
28. Sri Vibudhaavarya Tirtha
29. Sri Vishvanidhi Tirtha
30. Sri Vishvadhisha Tirtha
31. Sri Vishvesha Tirtha
32. Sri Vishvapriya Tirtha
33. Sri Vishvadhisha Tirtha
34. Sri Vishvendra Tirtha
35. Sri Vishvottama Tirtha
36. Sri Vishvavallabha Tirtha (present swamiji)

35th yati Sri Vishwottama teertha swamiji

Birth: 1934 (Pushya bahula trayodashi) at Udyavar in Udupi taluk
Parents: Krishnacharya and Krishnaveni
Poorvashrama name: Madhava Acharya.
Initiation into sanyasa: 1943,( Bhadrapada shuddha chaturthi of Swabhanu Samvatsara) by his Guru Sri Vishwendra Tirtha.
Following this incident he studied all scriptures including Vedanta under the tutelage of Sri Vidyaasamudra Tirtha of Sri Kaniyur Mata. He was an embodiment of docility, piety and righteousness. As he had a thorough mastery over the scriptures, he taught them to the pontiff of Sri Krishnaapura Mata and many others. His method of teaching was very impressive and unsurpassed.
Words cannot describe his politeness and courtesy in matters of tradition and convention. He bowed down with humbleness at the mention of Sri Vadiraja's glory and greatness.
The Swamiji's Sadhana involving meditation, views and teachings had a miraculous impact on the society. He was very fond of solitude and reading holy books. Collecting ancient manuscripts was his favourite pastime.
The Swamiji's achievements:
  1. He published Sri Vadiraja's works as also the works of other eminent scholars.
  2. He renovated the Puja Mandira and the Vrundaavana of Sri Vadiraaja and its surroundings at the holy place of Sondaa.
  3. The Swamiji successfully completed four Paryayas in the divine presence of Lord Krishna and bagged the coveted Yadukula Tilaka award.
  4. He executed the works connected with the renovation of the branches of the Mata at Kumbhasi, Hoovinakere, Naaraala, Naddenthaadi, Beelagi, Kenchagaaru and other places.
  5. He established the 'Vrundaavanaakhyaana Silaalekhana Mandira'at Sri Sondaa.
  6. During his third Paryaya he celebrated the fifth centenary festival of Sri Vadiraja's birth and in 2000, the fourth Aaraadhanotsava of Sri Vadiraja in a grand and splendid manner.
  7. He further organized during his third Paryaya the all-India level Harikathaa competition most successfully.
  8. He established the 'Bhavi Sameera Gurukula' at the holy place of Sri Sondaa.
  9. A 'Goshaala' was got constructed by him at Hoovinakere.
  10. He implemented the works connected with the educational institutions at Innanje and opened the science wing at the pre-university college there although no grant was received from the government.
  11. He collected a good number of rare palm-leaf manuscripts and opened a special library for their preservation at Panjimaaru Mata.
  12. With the convenience of the pilgrims coming to Sri Sondaa in view, he got constructed Trivikrama Dhama there.
  13. Similarly, in order to solve the accommodation problem confronted by the pilgrims flooding the temple town of Udupi, he built the Sri Bhoovaraaha guest house at Udupi.
  14. The construction of Vadiraja Mandira was also taken up during his fourth Paryaya.
  15. Sri Bhootaraaja shrine was renovated and a Gopura was built at Sri Sode Mata, Udupi.
It was the period of the annual Chaturmasa observance in 2007. On the auspicious day of 18-08-2007, (Shravana Shuddha Panchami Sthiravaasara) the Swamiji completed his daily Puja and gave Teertha-prasaada to the devotees assembled there, participated in the congregation at Raajaangna and blessed the audience. Following this, Sri Vishwottama Swamiji blessed all the devotees with Phalamantraakshate. Chanting 'Raama, Raama, Raama clearly and with a cheerful smile blossoming on his face, the Swamiji left for his heavenly abode
 Present peeThAdhipati Sri Vishwa Vallabha teertha swamiji

Birth: 4th March 1991
Father: Vedamoorthi Padigaru Srinivasa Tantri
Mother: Srimathi Vedavathi
Poorvashrama name: Raghava Tantri
Initiation to sannyasa:14th June 2006 by his Guru, His Holiness Sri Sri Vishwothama Tirtha Swamiji
Soon after the initiation, the young Swamiji mastered the regulations governing the performance of worship and the Nitya Naimittikas at the Matha under the able guidance of his Guru, Sri Vishwottama Tirtha Swamiji, assisted by Vedamurthi Konandur Sri Gopala Acharya. His Holiness Sri Sri Vidyaasaagara Tirtha, head of Sri Krishnapura Mata taught him Vedanta and all scriptures. While Udayakumar Saralatthaya taught him the Vedapaathas, Raghavendra Puranik trained him in Vyakarana.

Sri Sri Vishwa Vallabha Tirtha Swamiji’s unprecedented achievements in the field of education and administration:

Swamiji paid special attention to the educational institutions established by his great Guru, at Innanje, Udupi. These institutions ranging from Pre-primary class to high school and Pre-university college are functioning successfully. A new building has been constructed to accommodate the students studying in standards 8 to 10. A high school with English as the medium of instruction has been established for the benefit of the students of rural areas.
To him goes the credit of establishing at record time the “Sriman Vadiraja Technological and Management Institute.” Swamiji evinced great interest and initiated the completion of several developmental works started by his Guru, at the original Mata at Sode.
In addition to the above achievements, Swamiji constructed a new 'Goshala', and enhanced the beauty of the place by constructing Vrundavanas, gardens and parks. The birth place of Sri Vadiraja's mother was Renjaala. The branch of the historic Mata in Renjala was in a very dilapidated condition, realizing the unique importance of the place, Swamiji renovated the building. In accordance with the fond wish of his Guru, Swamiji took over the administration of the Vishnumoorthi temple at Undaaru.
With a view to promoting literature and disseminating Sri Madhwa's philosophy, he started publishing a quarterly magazine called 'Tatwa Mallika.' Additional accommodation was one of the crying needs experienced by the pilgrims who went to Sode. The Swamiji mitigated their hardships by constructing Rajadhama lodges.

Sri Kaniyooru maTha

The seventh maTha among Udupi maThas is Sri kANiyUru maTha. It derives its name from the village of Kaniyuru where we can find the main branch of this maTha. The first peeThAdhipati of this maTha was Sri Rama teertha who was one of the direct disciples of Acharya Madhva. Sri Madhva bestowed on him the icon of Yoga Narasimha to worship. This icon has four hands and is seated on a swastika symbol. In His two hands, He holds the shankha and chakra and his other two hands are held on his lap.

Yati parampara:
1. Sri Rama teertha
2. Sri Raghunatha teertha
3. Sri Raghupathi teertha
4. Sri Raghunandana teertha
5. Sri Yadunandana teertha
6. Sri Vishvatma teertha
7. Sri Vishvanatha teertha
8. Sri Vedagarbha teertha
9. Sri Vagisha teertha
10. Sri Varadapati teertha
11. Sri Vishvapati teertha
12. Sri Vishvamula teertha
13. Sri Vedapati teertha
14. Sri Vedaraja teertha
15. Sri Vidyadhisha teertha
16. Sri Vibudhesha teertha
17. Sri Varijaksha teertha
18. Sri Vishvendra teertha
19. Sri Vibudhavandya teertha
20. Sri Vibudhadhiraja teertha
21. Sri Vidyaraja teertha
22. Sri Vibudhapriya teertha
23. Sri Vidyasagara teertha
24. Sri Vasudeva teertha
25. Sri Vidyapati teertha
26. Sri Vamana teertha
27. Sri Vidyanidhi teertha
28. Sri Vidyasamudra teertha
29. Sri Vidyavarinidhi teertha
30. Sri Vidyavallabha teertha (present swamiji)

Sri Vidyavallabha teertha is the current peeThAdhipati of this maTha. He is mainly involved in the maintenance and improvements of Sri Pajaka Kshetra, the birth place of Madhwacharya. He also runs a gurukula known as Anandateertha gurukula in Pajaka.

Sri Pejavara MaTha

Sri Pejavara maTha is the last in the list of Udupi aShTa maThas. It derives its name from the village Pejavara where there is the original branch of this maTha.
The first peeThAdhipati of this maTha is Sri Adhokshaja teertha who was one of the direct disciples of Acharya Madhwa. He received the icon of Sri ViThala with SridEvi and BhUdEvi from Madhwacharya. An icon of Sri Rama is also worshipped here along with the main icon. This tradition was started by Sri Vijayadhwaja teertha.

1. Sri Adhokshaja teertha
2. Sri Kamalaksha teertha
3. Sri Pushkaraksha teertha
4. Sri Amarendra teertha
5. Sri Mahendra teertha
6. Sri Vijayadhvaja teertha
7. Sri Uttama teertha
8. Sri Chintamani teertha
9. Sri Damodara teertha
10. Sri Vasudeva teertha
11. Sri Vadindra teertha
12. Sri Vedagarbha teertha
13. Sri Vishvaprajna teertha
14. Sri Vijaya teertha
15. Sri Vishvavijaya teertha
16. Sri Vishveshwara teertha
17. Sri Vishvabhushana teertha
18. Sri Vishvavandya teertha
19. Sri Vidyaraja teertha
20. Sri Vishvamurthy teertha
21. Sri Vishvapathi teertha
22. Sri Vishvanidhi teertha
23. Sri Vishvadhisha teertha
24. Sri Vishvadhiraja teertha
25. Sri Vishvabodha teertha
26. Sri Vishvavallabha teertha
27. Sri Vishvapriya teertha
28. Sri Vishvavarya teertha
29. Sri Vishvaraja teertha
30. Sri Vishvamanohara teertha
31. Sri Vishvajna teertha
32. Sri Vishvamanya teertha
33. Sri Vishvesha teertha (present, senior)
34. Sri Vishvaprasanna teertha (present, junior)

Sri Bandarakeri MaTha

Besides the 8 maThas of Udupi, there are two more maThas coming under the category of tauLava maThas (from the tulu-speaking belt). One is Sri Bandarakeri maTha, which is headquartered at BARKUR in Udupi district.
Sri Bandarakeri maTha traces its origin from Sri Achyutha prajna, and then through Sri Madhwacharya and Sri Sathya teertha. The same maTha is said to have bifurcated into Sri Bheemana kaTTe maTha (of Theerthahalli taluk).

Yati parampara:
Sri Achyuta prajna
Sri Poorna prajna
1. Sri Satya teertha
2. Sri Satyavrata teertha
3. Sri Vishwadeesha teertha
4. Sri Gadhadhara teertha
5. Sri Vedanta teertha
6. Sri Vidyadheesha teertha
7. Sri Vishwamurti teertha
8. Sri Raghuvedanta teertha
9. Sri Raghunatha teertha
10. Sri Hiranyagarbha teertha
11. Sri Raghuvara teertha
12. Sri Damodara teertha
13. Sri Raghuvallabha teertha
14. Sri Surottama teertha
15. Sri Vishwottama teertha
16. Sri Rajadhiraja teertha
17. Sri Raghavendra teertha
18. Sri Raghubhushana teertha
19. Sri Raghuvarya teertha
20. Sri Raghupungava teertha
21. Sri Raghuvarya teertha
22. Sri Raghuraja teertha
23. Sri Rajavandya teertha
24. Sri Vidyaraja teertha
25. Sri Vidyadhiraja teertha
26. Sri Vidyasagara teertha
27. Sri Vidyapati teertha
28. Sri Vidyanidhi teertha
29. Sri Vidyarnava teertha
30. Sri Vidyamanya teertha (succeeded to Sri Palimar mutt)
31. Sri Vidyesha teertha (present yati)

The 30th peeThAdhipati Sri Vidyamanya teertharu was a great scholar. Some of his disciples are :
Sri Vishwesha teertha (of Pejavar maTha),
Sri Vidyadeesha teertha (of Palimaru maTha),
Sri Vishwapriya teertha (of Admaru maTha),
Sri Sugunendra teertha (of Puttige maTha),
Sri Vidyesha teertha (of Bandarakeri maTha)
and Sri Bannanje Govindacharya.

Sri Kukke Subrahmanya maTha

Sri Subrahmanya maTha (also called sampuTa narasimha maTha) is situated to the southeast of the outer quadrangle of Kukke Subrahmanya Temple (Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka). This maTha was established by Sri Madhwacharya himself. He appointed his poorvashrama younger brother Sri Vishnu teertha as the first peeThAdhipati of this maTha.

SampuTa Narasimha
When Sri Madhvacharya visited Badarinath, he was presented eight saligrama shilas known as 'Vyasa mushti', by Sri Vedavyasa devaru. Six of these saligramas are presently being worshipped in this maTha.
Along with the Vyasamushtis, Sri Vedavyasa devaru also gave Madhva a Narasimha saligrama, which is said to be very powerful. Madhvacharya placed this Narasimha saligrama in a box (sampuTa), along with 22 Lakshmi Narayana shilas and 5 Vyasamushti shilas. (only one Vyasamushti shila is worshipped outside the box)
Although the Narasimha saligrama is worshipped daily, it is always kept inside the box, except for bathing. Only the maThAdhipati of this maTha can open this box and touch the saligrama inside. Nobody else is allowed to see this Deity. If the peeThAdhipati of the maTha becomes sick, then on those days only the pooja rights of this saligrama goes to the swamiji of Sri Pejavara maTha in Udupi.
The first maThAdhipati Sri Vishnu teertha is said to be still residing in the forests in Kumara hills nearby where he is performing tapas. He sometimes returns to the maTha to perform puja to the Samputa Narasimha. Many devotees have heard the sound of bells inside the garbha-griha late at night when the temple is locked !
The second maThAdhipati of this maTha was Sri Aniruddha teertha (also a direct disciple of Sri Madhwacharya). During his time, King Ballala Raya of the Hoysala Dynasty stole the box containing the Narasimha saligrama.
Desiring to see the Deity, he hired four blacksmiths to forcibly open the box. Unfortunately, when they tried, they all died on the spot. The king also tried to open the box by having an elephant stand on it - the result was that the elephant also died immediately.
Because of this great offense, King Ballala Raya felt a great burning sensation within his body, and it was only when he returned the Samputa Narasimha to Sri Aniruddha teertha and obtained his blessings that he was relieved from his malady.
(In the compound of the Subrahmanya temple there is a statue of King Ballala Raya which commemorates this incident. Pilgrims offer him cotton, mustard, butter and pumpkin to cool his body down.)
It is also believed that Sri Vishnu teertha had in fact carried the Samputa Narasimha saligrama (with the box) along with him to the forests, and sent back the same through the Kumara Dhaara river, upon request by Sri Aniruddha teertha.
Along with the saligamas, there are a number of other Deities, which belonged to previous pontiffs of the maTha, including a Laksmi-Narasimha Deity and Deities of Vittala, Rukmini and Satyabhama.
The present maThAdhipati is Sri Vidyaprasanna teertha swamiji, and he runs an educational institution at a place called biLinele.

1. Shri Vishnu teertharu
2. Shri Aniruddha teertharu
3. Shri Varaaha teertharu
4. Shri Vaageesha teertharu
5. Shri Vishwesha teertharu
6. Shri Venkatesha teertharu
7. Shri Vakyadheesha teertharu
8. Shri Vidyaapathi teertharu
9. Shri Vaasudeva teertharu
10. Shri Vaamana teertharu
11. Shri Vedavyaasa teertharu
12. Shri Vaikuntavallabha teertharu
13. Shri Vijnaana teertharu
14. Shri Vimalathma teertharu
15. Shri Vibhudhesha teertharu
16. Shri Vedagarbha teertharu
17. Shri Vedapoojya teertharu
18. Shri Vedesha teertharu
19. Shri Vidyaadhiraaja teertharu
20. Shri Varadaraaja teertharu
21. Shri Varadesha teertharu
22. Shri Vidyaanidhi teertharu
23. Shri Vedaanthanidhi teertharu
24. Shri Vidyaadhipathi teertharu
25. Shri Vishwapooja teertharu
26. Shri Vishwavanddya teertharu
27. Shri Vishwaadhipathi teertharu
28. Shri Vishwapathi teertharu
29. Shri Vishwaadheesha teertharu
30. Shri Vidhyadheesha teertharu
31. Shri Vidhyaavallabha teertharu
32. Shri Vedaraaja teertharu
33. Shri Vidyaaraaja teertharu
34. Shri Vidyaapoorna teertharu
35. Shri Vyasa teertharu
36. Shri Vishwaanja teertharu
37. Shri Vidyaasindhu teertharu
38. Shri Vidyabhooshana teertharu
39. Shri Vidyaprasanna teertharu (present peeThAdhipati)

Sri Raghavendra Swami maTha
Sri Raghavendra Swami maTha has its headquarters at Mantralaya and devotees all around the world. The name “Raghavendra maTha” came into being after Sri Raghavendra teertha (or Rayaru) adorned the peeTha of this maTha.  The main deities worshiped in the maTha are Sri Moola Rama and Digvijaya Rama devaru, both gifted by Sri Madhwacharya to Sri Padmanabha teertha.


In the history of this maTha, one notable incident has taken place, because of which, even now there is contention between this maTha and Uttaradi maTha. Sri Ramachandra teertharu was the 9th peeThAdhipati of this maTha, starting from Sri Padmanabha teertha. He ordained Sri Vibudhendra teertha as the next pontiff of the maTha. One day Sri Ramachandra teertha, who was old, was feeling unwell and he realized that his end was nearing. Unfortunately at that time his junior Sri Vibudhendraru was on sanchaara and he could not be reached, as his whereabouts were not known.

After passing away of the senior swamiji, the maTha officials and the elders of Yaragola town buried the "devara peTTige" underground and waited for the return of Sri Vibudhendraru to pull out the devara peTTige and ascend the peeTha. Even after long time Sri Vibudhendraru did not return from sanchara. So, the maTha officials and the elders of Yaragola town made Sri Vidyanidhi teertha, who was from the Tulu-speaking region, as the peeThAdhipati of the maTha.

Finally one day Sri Vibudhendraru returned from sanchara and came to know about the new arrangements. He was not allowed to ascend to the peeTha even though the senior yati had ordained him only to be the successor.  So he established his maTha at Kumbhakonam and gathered many disciples to spread the teachings of Madhwacharya in the south. The maTha gained more prominence after Sri Raghavendra teertha adorned the peeTha. Later it came to be known by the name Raghavendra maTha.

Names of peeThAdhipatis

1. Sri Padmanabha teertha
2. Sri Narahari Teertha
3. Sri Madhava Teertha
4. Sri Akshobhya Teertha
5. Sri Jaya Teertha
6. Sri Vidyadhiraja Teertha
7. Sri Kavindra Teertha
8. Sri Vageesha Teertha
9. Sri Ramachandra Teertha
10. Sri Vibudhendra teertha
11. Sri Jitamitra teertha
12. Sri Raghunandana teertha
13. Sri Surendra teertha
14. Sri Vijayeendra teertha
15. Sri Sudheendra teertha
16. Sri Raghavendra teertha
17. Sri Yogeendra teertha
18. Sri Sureendra teertha
19. Sri Sumateendra teertha
20. Sri Upendra teertha
21. Sri Vadeendra teertha
22. Sri Vasudhendra teertha
23. Sri Varadendra teertha
24. Sri Dheerendra teertha
25. Sri Bhuvanendra teertha
26. Sri Subodhendra teertha
27. Sri Sujanendra teertha
28. Sri Sujnanendra teertha
29. Sri Sudharmendra teertha
30. Sri Sugunendra teertha
31. Sri Suprajnendra teertha
32. Sri Sukruteendra teertha
33. Sri Susheelendra teertha
34. Sri Suvrateendra teertha
35. Sri Suyameendra teertha
36. Sri Sujayeendra teertha
37. Sri Sushameendra teertha
38. Sri Suyateendra teertha (present peeThAdhipati)

Sri Uttaradi MaTha
dharmO rakShati rakShitaH

"Protect the Dharma; it will protect you", proclaims our ancient lore. Uttaradi Math, abides by this dictum in all circumstances. Its chief mission is to practice, protect, preach and propagate the ancient Vedic dharma. Since the time of its origin, till to date, Sri Uttaradi Math (UM), has been and continuing to be the strong propounder of the true Vedic Dharma. All the great AchAryAs who successively adorned the seat of UM, are well known for their eagerness and commitment to protect this Dharma.
nAnA janasya shushrUShA kartavya karavAnmitEH
Service to mankind is an obligation for all. UM follows this aphorism very closely. The Math is very much committed in extending service to mankind in all spheres of life like Medical care, Education, Disaster/Calamities/War etc. UM has been blessed with great scholars from centuries. To name a few, Sri Padmanabha teertha, Sri Jayateertha, Sri Raghuttama teertha, etc.
Sri Padmanabha Tirtha is foremost among the direct disciples of Sri Madhvacharya. He was a distinguished scholar and was recognized and honored by people of those times. He has the greatest honor of lecturing on the Vedas before an assembly of great scholars and was acclaimed to be a master in expounding the meanings of the Vedas. He is known for his learning, intelligence, ever lasting devotion, and detachment to worldly affairs, service to his guru, etc. He was accredited to be the first to write a commentary, on the great Bhashya of Sri Madhva, which ably brings out the true meaning of the Bhashya. With all these extraordinary qualities, he has rightly succeeded Sri Madhva in the pontificial seat of Sri UM. He was pontiff of the maTha for 6 years and 10 months Shri Jayateertha is believed to be an avatar of Indra with Aavesha of Shesha and blessed by goddess Durga ( Shri Mahalaxmi) with a writing instrument and a piece of areca nut; the former to write with the commentaries on Madhva original works on palm leaves and the latter to smear the writing to make it permanent.
Sri Jayateertha, a name to conjure with, renounced the world at a very young age and devoted himself to the service of all round spread of madhva's philosophy and within a short time he was "a prodigy of learning, a living encyclopedia, a lynx eyed logician, an infallible penman, a supreme stylist, a dispassionate debater, a redoubtable dialectician, an unrivalled orator, a balanced critic, an un-excelled poet, a monarch of philosophers, a saint of the first order, a Karma-yogi par-excellence, the embodiment of purest devotion, renunciation incarnate, highly matured mystic, last but not least , superman in the best sense of the word - these along with even several other high-flown phrases bring out the in fathomable greatness of Shri Jayateertha, popularly known as Teekacharya".
The great Jayateertha was the pontiff of UM for 22 years and 7 months.
Similarly Sri Raghuttama teertha was also a great scholar who adorned the sacred peeTha of UM for 38 years and 7 months.
UM has more than 20 centres in Karnataka, 10 in AP, 5 in TN, 2 in MH, and many more in other parts of the country.
The following social service activities are undertaken by the Math:
Free Eye-Camps, Free Heart Surgeries, Free Training Classes, Prayers, Donations during Calamities, Donations during War, Free Scholarships, Honorariums to scholars, Awards to Scholars, Old-Age Homes, Homas/Japas for the overall welfare of mankind, Blood Donation Camps, Matrimonial Centers, Assistance in marriage for poor people, Assistance in last rites, Ambulance Service, Campaigning against distortion or insult of our sanskriti in Media, Self-enterpreneurship for poor women and widows, Hostel for Brahmin Students, etc.

Yati parampara:
1. Shri Padmanabha Teertharu
2. Shri Narahari Teertharu
3. Shri Madhava Teertharu
4. Shri Akshobhya Teertharu
5. Shri Jaya Teertharu
6. Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertharu
7. Shri Kavindra Teertharu
8. Shri Vageesha Teertharu
9. Shri Ramachandra Teertharu
10. Shri Vidyanidhi Teertharu
11. Shri Raghunatha Teertharu
12. Shri Raghuvarya Teertharu
13. Shri Raghuttama Teertharu
14. Shri Vedavyasa Teertharu
15. Shri Vidyadheesha Teertharu
16. Shri Vedanidhi Teertharu
17. Shri Satyavrata Teertharu
18. Shri Satyanidhi Teertharu
19. Shri Satyanatha Teertharu
20. Shri Satyabhinava Teertharu
21. Shri Satyapoorna Teertharu
22. Shri Satyavijaya Teertharu
23. Shri Satyapriya Teertharu
24. Shri Satyabodha Teertharu
25. Shri Satyasandha Teertharu
26. Shri Satyavara Teertharu
27. Shri Satyadharma Teertharu
28. Shri Satyasankalpa Teertharu
29. Shri Satyasantushta Teertharu
30. Shri Satyaparayana Teertharu
31. Shri Satyakaama Teertharu
32. Shri Satyeshata Teertharu
33. Shri Satyaparakrama Teertharu
34. Shri Satyaveera Teertharu
35. Shri Satyadheera Teertharu
36. Shri Satyajnana Teertharu
37. Shri Satyadhyana Teertharu
38. Shri Satyaprajna Teertharu
39. Shri Satyabhijna Teertharu
40. Shri Satyapramoda Teertharu
41. Shri Satyatma Teertharu (present swamiji)

Shri Satyatma Teertha, the present pontiff of UM
Born: 1973
Birth place: Mumbai
Poorvashrama name: Sarvajnacharya Guttal
Father: Sri Rangacharya Guttal (poorvashrama son of Shri Satyapramoda teertharu, and Kulapathi of Sri Jayateertha VidyapeeTha, Bengaluru)
Mother: Smt. K S Rukmabai (daughter of Mahuli Gopalachar)
Initiation to sanyasa: 24-4-1996 at Tirukoilur by Sri Satyapramoda teertharu
At the young age of 24 he joined the group of great peethadhipatis of the UM who had the privilege of accepting Sanyasa directly after Brahmacharya. (Generally the PeeThadhipatis at the UM are previously 'Grahasthashramis'.)
After inducting him to Sansyasashrama, Shri Satyapramoda teertharu passed on to him the heavenly knowledge, the secrets of the Vedanta philosophy, the nectar that continuously flowed in this great parampara from ages and also the necessary strength to lead a Math of this stature. He transformed him into a great saint, capable of protecting the Hindu dharma and leading the future generations in the light of the Philosophy of Madhvacharya.

Sri Sosale Vyasaraja mutt
The sixth peeThAdhipati of UM, Sri Vidyadhiraja teertharu gave deeksha to two yatis to continue the preachings of Sri Madhwacharya. The first one was Sri Rajendra teertha and the second one was Sri Kavindra teertha. After Si Vidyadhirajaru attained Haripaada, Sri Kavindraru became the peeThAdhipati of UM. Sri Rajendraru established a new maTha known as PoorvAdi maTha. It was later renamed as Sri Vyasaraja maTha, named after the great yati who adorned the peeTha.
After Sri Brahmanya Tirtha, Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha became the head of the Poorvadi maTha in the year 1476. He was born around the year 1460 A.D. to Sri Rallanna Sumati & Smt. Akkamma of Strotriya, Kashyapa gotra family and at Bannur, a village north of Sosale in Mysore District of Karnataka.
Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha did his studies in philosophy at Kanchi and also under Sri Sripadaraja Tirtha at Mulabagal. Under the direction of Sri Sripadaraja Tirtha, the Saluva king Narasimha honored Sri Vyasa Tirtha and made him Rajaguru. Thereafter, he came to be known as Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha.
But, Sri Vyasaraya’s deekshe (sainthood) was given by Sri Brahmanya Thirtha. Sri Brahamanya Thirtha had his own lineage and Brahmanya thirtha mutt was called as Abbur Mutt. It is also called as Kundapur Vyasaraya Mutt. His works are a) Chandrika – Treatise on Nyayasudha, b) Nyamaruta and c) Tarkatandava.
Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha was known as Chandrikacharya for having authored an epic “Grantha Chandrika”. Through his compositions (considered divine), which is full of love for the SriHari, Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha spread SriHari Bhakthi. Sri Purandaradasa and Sri Kanakadasa (two peripatetic saints of the Dasakuta) were disciples of Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha. During his glorious pontific beneficence, Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha constructed several temples, including 732 Hanuman temples, spread all over South India.
Vyasaraja Thirtha left for the heavenly abode on 8th of March 1539. His Brindavana (final resting place - grave) is at Nava Brindavana on river Tungabhadra, very close to Hampi.
After 214 years of attaining Brindavan of Sri Raghunatha Thirtha, Sri Vidhyapayonidhi thirtha, the 38th Pontiff, restructured the place at Tiramakudlu, close to Sosale, and made Nava Vrindavana of Saints on the lines of Hampi’s Nava brindavana, and thus making this place more holy and also known as the “Navabrindavanas” - the nine (9) Brindavanas (where saints are laid to rest) of saints Sri Sri Raghunatha Thirtha, Sri Sri Vyasaraj Thirtha, Sripathi Thirtha, Sri Payonidhi Thirtha, Sri Raghavendra Thirtha (mruthika), etc.

Yati Parampare
1. Sri Rajendra teertha
2. Sri Jayadhwaja teertha
3. Sri Purushottama teertha
4. Sri Brahmanya teertha
5. Sri Vyasa teertha
6. Sri Srinivasa teertha
7. Sri Rama teertha
8. Sri Lakshmikantha teertha
9. Sri Sripathi teertha
10. Sri Ramachandra teertha
11. Sri Lakshmivallabha teertha
12. Sri Lakshminatha teertha
13. Sri Lakshmipathi teertha
14. Sri Lakshminarayana teertha
15. Sri Raghunatha teertha
16. Sri Jagannatha teertha
17. Sri Srinatha teertha
18. Sri Vidya Natha teertha
19. Sri Vidya Pati teertha
20. Sri Vidya Vallabha teertha
21. Sri Vidya Kantha teertha
22. Sri Vidya Nidhi teertha
23. Sri Vidya Poorna teertha
24. Sri Vidya Sindhu teertha
25. Sri Vidya Sridhara teertha
26. Sri Vidya Srinivasa teertha
27. Sri Vidya Samudra teertha
28. Sri Vidya Ratnakara teertha
29. Sri Vidya Varidhi teertha
30. Sri Vidya Prasanna teertha
31. Sri Vidya Payonidhi teertha
32. Sri Sri Vidya Vachaspati teertha
33. Sri Vidya Manohara teertha [present peeThAdhipati]

Sri Kashi MaTha

The Kashi Mutt was founded in the year 1542 AD. Before the Kashi Mutt came up, most of the Vaishnava Gouda Saraswat Brahmins were followers of Shri Uttaradi Mutt.

In 15th century, Sri Ramachandra Tirtha of Uttaradi Mutt initiated two to sanyasa - Sri Vibhudendra Tirtha and Sri Vidhyanidhi Tirtha. The latter became head of Uttaradi Mutt and Sri Vibhudendra Tirtha founded a new Mutt at Kumbhakonam which came to be known as Purvadi Mutt (later became Raghavendra Swamy Mutt since the great saint Raghavendra of Mantralaya fame belonged to this Mutt). Because of its proximity to South Kanara and Kerala, the Gowda Saraswats were transferred to this Mutt.

Later when Sri Surendra Tirtha became the head of the Mutt at Kumbhakonam, one of his disciples, Vijayindra Tirtha undertook a Chaturmasya at Cochin in 1539–1540. Here, he selected Sri Hanumantha Bhaktha and was given deeksha as Sri Yadavendra Tirtha.

Yadavendra Tirtha went on to become head of the new Kashi Mutt at Varanasi established in 1542 AD. Shri Kumbhakonam Math gave two idols of Shri Vyasa and Shri Raghupati to Shrimat Yadavendra Tirtha along with the rights to guide the Gouda Saraswats.
Branches of Kashi maTha

The Mutt has branches and establishments at Prayag, Haridwar, Bhatkal, Basrur, Hemmady, Bantwal, Dhahisar (Mumbai), Panambur (Suratkal), Manjeshwar, Rameshwaram, Kalpi, Karkala, Kota, Nayampalli near Udupi, Bhagamandala (Kodagu), Bandora (Goa),Walkeshwar (Mumbai), Ambalamugal (Kochi-Kerala), Pallipuram (Kerala), Manchakal, Naravi, Alleppey(Kerala), Konchady, Hangarakatte, Tirupathi, Bangalore, Calicut and Nagpur
Guru Parampara

1. Sri Yadavendra teertha
2. Sri Keshavendra teertha
3. Sri Upendra teertha
4. Sri Yadavendra teertha - II
5. Sri Raghavendra teertha
6. Sri Devendra teertha
7. Sri Madhavendra teertha
8. Sri Jnanendra teertha
9. Sri Yadavendra teertha - III
10. Sri Upendra teertha - II
11. Sri Rajendra teertha
12. Sri Vishnu teertha
13. Sri Surendra teertha
14. Sri Vibhudendra teertha
15. Sri Sumateendra teertha
16. Sri Vasudhendra teertha
17. Sri Bhuvanendra teertha
18. Sri Varadendra teertha
19. Sri Sukrateendra teertha
20. Sri Sudheendra teertha (present swamiji)
21. Sri Samyameendra teertha (junior)


Sri Partagali Jeevottama MaTha

Partagali Jeevottama maTha is headquartered at Partagali in Canacona (Goa). The presiding deities are Sri Rama devaru and Veera Vitthala devaru. The maTha was established by Sri Narayana teertha on Chaitra shukla dwiteeya in 1475 AD with the blessings from Sri Ramachandra teertha, the 10th head of Udupi Palimaru maTha. The maTha came to be known as Jeevottama maTha because of the third yati Sri Jeevottama teertha.
The maTha has branches in many cities in Karnataka, Goa and other states of India. 

1. Shri Narayana teertha
2. Shri Vasudeva teertha
3. Shri Jeevothama teertha
4. Shri Purushothama teertha
5. Shri Anujeevothama teertha
6. Shri Ramachandra teertha
7. Shri Digvijaya Ramachandra teertha

8. Shri Raghuchandra teertha
9. Shri Lakshminarayana teertha
10. Shri Lakshmikantha teertha 

11. Shri Ramaakantha teertha
12. Shri Kamalakantha teertha
13. Shri Shrikantha teertha
14. Shri Bhuvijaya Ramachandra teertha
15. Shri Ramaanatha teertha
16. Shri Lakshminaatha teertha
17. Shri Ananda teertha
18. Shri Poornaprajna teertha

19. Shri Padmanabha teertha 
20. Shri Indirakantha teertha
21. Shri Kamalakantha teertha
22. Shri Dwarakanatha teertha
23. Shri Vidhyadhiraja teertha (present swamiji)

The present swamiji Shrimad Vidyadhiraja Swamiji 
Poorvashram Name: Shri Raghavendra Acharya
Native Place: Basrur, in the present Udupi District
Sanyas Deeksha on 26th Feb,1967 in Shri Ram Mandir Wadala, Mumbai by his illustrious preceptor, Shrimat Dwarakanath Teerth Swamiji, who brought Shri Gokarn Math to Mumbai as earlier there was no branch of the matha in the city. 
Shri Swamiji ascended to gurupeetha on 5th April, 1973 and thereafter  tirelessly working for the spiritual upliftment of the followers, the prime duty cast on the maths. Under his leadership quite a few old temples and math branches were renovated and rebuilt and Shri Swamiji revived in a big way the ancient-most mode of worship by yagas and yajnas and also by undertaking pilgrimages to holy places, including the ones in the remote part of the Himalayas.


Sri Kanva maTha

Basically the disciples of kanva matha are followers of shukla yajurveda system propounded by yajnavalkya maharshi. the h.q. of kanva matha is in hunsihole in surpur taluk of gulbarga district. the first yati to sit on the peetha of kanva matha was shri madhava thirtharu whose mula brindavana is in buddhini in lingasguru taluk.

shri madhava thirtharu's purvashrama name was shri venkateshacharyaru.from childhood only shri venketeshacharyaru had a special of shri shesha devaru and in a very young gained a mastery over vedas and shastras. once shri shesha devaru came in the dream of venkateshacharyaru and told him that in a few days a yati from the parampara of madhwacharyaru will come to your town go to him and request sanyasa from him and preach hari sarvottamatva. and at the same time sesha devaru had also come in the dream of peethadipathi of shirror matha shri lakshmimanohara thirtharu and told him that in surpur a person will come to u and request sanyasa from you and you give him sanyasa.

Thus, shri venkateshacharyaru were waiting for the yati to come. in a few days shri lakshmimanohara thirtharu of shiroor martha came to surpur and while adrressing the gathering told to the people of the strange dream and shri venkateshachrayaru stood up from gathering and told he too had a similar dream. lakshmimanohara thirtaru were dumbstruck seeing the glowing face and understood he is no common man. and immediatly shrigalu took venkateshacharyaru along with him to udupi.. at udupi shri lakshmimanohara thirtharu gave sanyasa to venkateshacharyaru in divine presence of all yatis of udupi ashta mathas. and the matha that came down from him came to be known as kanva matha...

The present peethadipathi is shri vidyabhaskra thirtharu he is the 11th yati to ascend the peetha of kanva matha. vidyabhaskara thirtharu in his purvashrama days was a wellknown lawyer in raichur. he took over the reins of kanva matha in 1993

1. Shri Madhava Theertharu
2. Shri Vamana Theertharu
3. Shri Vishnupriya Theertharu
4. Shri Akshobhya Theertharu
5. Shri Vidyadheesha Theertharu
6. Shri Krishnadvaipayana Theertharu
7. Shri Vidyanidhi Theertharu
8. Shri Vidyasampoorna Theertharu
9. Shri Vidyadhiraja Theertharu
10. Shri Vidyaviraja Theertharu
11. Shri Vidyavijaya Theertharu
12. Shri Vidyamanohara Theertharu
13. Shri Vidyataponidhi Theertharu
14. Shri Vidyabhooshana Theertharu
15. Shri Vidhya Bhaskara Theertharu (current peeThAdhipati)

(To be continued ...)

Sri Sripadarajara maTha
Sri BheemanakaTTe Munivrunda maTha
Sri sAgarakaTTe vyAsarAjara maTha
Sri kundApura vyAsarAjara maTha
Sri bALigAru Arya akshObhya tIrtha maTha
Sri kUdli Arya akshObhya tIrtha maTha
Sri thambehaLLi mAdhava tIrtha maTha
Sri chitrApura maTha



Sarvothaman said...

please include the following mutts
Bhimannakatte mutt
Sagarkatte mutt
Chitrapur mutt

sandeep said...

Sagarkatte mutt mutt is a kannada speaking mutt so cannot be incuded in the Taulava Shivalli Madhwa mutts

Balachandra Achar said...

Dear Mr. Sandeep,

The write-up is about ALL Madhwa maThas, and not limited to tauLava maThas alone. As you can see we have included details about Kashi mutt and Jeevottama mutt also, which are from the Konkani speaking section of mAdhwas. We will soon upload details of Sagarakatte maTha, Bheemanakatte maTha, and the remaining mathas. Thank you.

manjunath said...

Madhwas should stop the painful ritual of "Mudhradharana". They can adopt other methods for branding like putting tattoos. Tattoo is permanent and once in a lifetime measure. They can use modern techniques.

Also such "Mudhradharana" should not be restricted to Brahmins alone. Madhwas should convert other caste people so that Madhwa philosophy gathers a greater acceptability.

Manjunath Rao

Balachandra Achar said...

Dear Mr. Manjunath Rao

If you have undergone mudradharane, you will know that it is NOT a painful ritual. If it is indeed "painful" for you, then nobody is compelling you to take it. Thanks for your suggestion about tattoos, we will not accept it. The ritual of mudradharane in its present form was revived by Sri Madhwacharya himself.

The ritual is NOT restricted to brahmins alone. People of any caste who have faith in Madhwa and his teachings can decide to undergo mudradharane from any Madhwa mutt swamiji, and the swamiji will gladly oblige.


pramod said...

pls include info abt rayaru mutt!

Madhwa Brahmins said...

Yes, we will upload details about Rayara Mutt and remaining mutts shortly.

hari said...

Great work Sir, didn't know there were so many mutts spreading SRIMADACHARYA's philosophy.
Once again thanks and hats off.

charan said...

Can you please provide more evidences to support your points of UM splitting into two branches? Why was it called Uttaradi Mutt before the split?

Madhwa Brahmins said...

Dear Sri Charan

Two times bifurcation of Uttaradi Mutt (UM) into Vyasaraja Mutt (VM) and Raghavendra Mutt (RM) is well documented in the history. You can verify this fact from the concerned mutts.

The origin of the name of UM is contentious and we would like to avoid discussing about it in this blog.

Thank you

Ranger said...

Can anyone tell me the poorvashrama name of vidyaprasanna teertha swamiji? His sername was jois but forgot his first name..

mukyaprana dasa said...

make it 24 march 1991 , in the place of 4 march 1991, date of birth of vishvavallaba thertharu sonde matha

Bhargava Kulkarni said...

Hare Krishna Prabhu,

Vyasa Tirtha's disciple Shri LakshmiPathi Tirtha initiated Shri Madhavendra Puri which forms one more branch of Madhwa Parampara whose Current Acharya is ISKCON founder A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Prabhupada. This fact is accepted by the Peetadipatis of the Ashtha mathas of Madhwa Sampradaya in their letters to ISKCON. Could information about this parampara also be included in this site.

Your Servant,

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krishhra rpck said...

Respected sir, all muttas started by Acharya madhva, and u r NT included 1st 5 yethigalu in Vyasaraja mattas... Plz do sir... Thank you