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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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01 July, 2016

Madhwa MaThas

Madhwa maThas

List of Madhwa maThas

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

Udupi (tauLava or Shivalli) Madhwa maThas

Shriman Madhwacharyaru initiated 8 shishyas into sanyasa and handed over the responsibility of performing pooja of Udupi Krishna idol and spreading of tattvavaada in the tauLava region. Later these 8 sanyasis received assets from nearby villages, and thus formed 8 maThas with the same names as the names of the villages. 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 Shri Vadirajaru, the headquarters was shifted from Kumbhashi to Sode in UK district of Karnataka)

Shri PalimAru maTha 

Palimaru is a pretty little village 35 km, from the temple town Udupi. It is just 10 km. off, the NH 17 highway. The maTha is located in idyllic surroundings, where one can forget the cares of the mundane world.

There is a large well-maintained tank, adjacent to the eastern entrance of the maTha. Right in front of this entrance is the shrine of Anjaneya (MuKhyaPraanNa), in the sitting posture. The deity, is held in great awe and reverence, as the protector of Madhwa Siddhaanta.

In the inner shrine of the maTha is Shri Vedavyaasa – the incarnation of the Supreme Lord Naaraayana, for imparting Jnaana (True knowledge) to the mortals — in the yogic posture of YogapaTTaasana.

The MuKhya PraaNa idol is believed to have been installed by Shri Raghupraveerateertha, the 24th pontiff, during the 1780s, It is said the idol was discovered by him, in the tank of the MuKhya PraaNa temple, at Ghatikaachala. He was a ‘Mantra Siddha’ (a person who has mastered the Mantras and their application). He has composed three hymns in Sanskrit, lauding the three incarnations of MuKhya Praana – Hanuma, Bheema and Madhva.

Next to the shrine of MuKhya Praana is the holy Vrindaavana of Shri Rajaraajeshwarateertha who was the 7th pontiff. He was an accomplished poet and among his important works are “Raama Sandesha” and a bunch of 8 benedictory verses known as “MangalaashTaka”. This is regularly recited at Dawn. The mellifluous sound of MangalaashTaka fills the air, preparing the residents to start another day of pious living.

The Vrindavanas of other pontiffs who presided over the MaTha are nearby. Among these, particular mention should be made of Shri Raghuvaryateertha, who was the 20th pontiff. He was an unparalleled Vedaantic scholar. His contribution towards, elucidating the Madhwa philosophy, was considerable.

The 30th pontiff was H.H. Vidyaamaanyateertha, who was with us till the year 2000. He was entrusted the responsibility of heading Palimaaru MaTha, in addition to being the pontiff of Bhandaarkeri MaTha. He was the only pontiff, after H.H. Vishnuteertha – the brother of Shrimadaachaarya – to be the head of two MaThas concurrently. He had many path breaking activities to his credit. These are being in an exclusive write-up on this saint, later.

The present pontiff, who is the 31st in the lineage is H.H. Vidyaadheeshateertha. We are all indeed fortunate to be contemporaries of this progressive minded Swaamiji, with the ready smile. As we go along, we will have more opportunities to interact and actively collaborate with him in the various programmes, he takes up.palimarumatha

The MaTha is amidst lush green, with gently swaying palms. Mother Nature, in all her glory, invites one and all to come and enjoy pure bliss. The setting is ideal for spiritual enquiry. It inspires profound thoughts. The words of Rigveda “Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides” become a reality at Palimaaru MaTha!

Guru Parampara

1.     Shri Ananda Teertha
2.     Shri Hrshikesha Teertha
3.     Shri Samatmesha Teertha
4.     Shri Sambhava Teertha
5.     Shri Aparajita Teertha
6.     Shri Vidyamurthi Teertha
7.     Shri Rajarajeshwara Teertha
8.     Shri Shrinidhi Teertha
9.     Shri Videsha Teertha
10.    Shri Shrivallabha Teertha
11.    Shri Jagadbhushana Teertha
12.    Shri Ramachandra Teertha
13.    Shri Vidyanidhi Teertha
14.    Shri Suresha Teertha
15.    Shri Raghavendra Teertha
16.    Shri Raghunandana Teertha
17.    Shri Vidyapati Teertha
18.    Shri Raghupati Teertha
19.    Shri Raghunatha Teertha
20.    Shri Raghuttama Teertha
21.    Shri Ramabhadra Teertha
22.    Shri Raghuvarya Teertha
23.    Shri Raghupungava Teertha
24.    Shri Raghuvara Teertha
25.    Shri Raghupravira Teertha
26.    Shri Raghubhushana Teertha
27.    Shri Raghuratna Teertha
28.    Shri Raghupriya Teertha
29.    Shri Raghumanya Teertha
30.    Shri Vidyamanya Teertha
31.    Shri Vidyadheesha Teertha

Shri Adamaru maTha 

Shri Narasimha teertha, disciple of Shri Madhwacharya, was the first yati head of Shri Admaru mutt. Shri Madhwacharya gave Shri Chaturbhuja Kaliya mardana Krishna idol to Shri Narasimhateertha for worship.

Shri Narasimhateertha parampare continued and known as Admaru mutt parampare. Shri Chaturbhuja kaliya mardana Krishna worshipped by all Gurugalu, who came in the peetha of Shri Admaru mutt. Now, it is being worshipped by Shri VishwapriyaTeertha, present pontiff of Shri Admaru Mutt.

Shri Admaru mutt pontiffs have contributed valuable, distinguished and relished gift to the field of education as well as philosophical/religious field.

Acharya Madhwa was touring in Adur where the circle of scholors who secured him to explore treasure of the meaning of "Shri Vishnusahasranama" prayed that he should accept bhiksha there itself and bless them. The reply he gave for that revealed another aspect of the subtelet of dharma. There is no temple for Vishnu here and not to accept the bhiksha in such a place is our vow. The people realised and prayed Acharya Madhwa to install a Vishnu temple and make a Vaisnava place. Acharya agreed and installed Lord Vishnu statue with a temple while explosition of Shri Visnusahasranama become a premanent memorial. The temple is next to Mahalingeshvara temple and its priest is a pure Vaishnava and follower of Shri Admaru Matha.

Acharya Madhwa got Sarvamulagrantha's inscribed on copper plates and made arrangement so that they might not be destroyed in any manner near the Kattila, Sulya is a place near Pane Mangaluru. The inscribed copper plates are buried in the pond called VyasaTeertha and there is mutt near place and therin is a idol of Shri Gopalakrishna. The place is under the control of Adamaru matha.

Guru Parampara

1.           Shri Ananda Teertha   
2.           Shri Narasimha Teertha
3.           Shri Kamalekshana Teertha
4.           Shri Ramachandra Teertha
5.           Shri Vidyadhisha Teertha
6.           Shri Vishvapati Teertha
7.           Shri Vishvesha Teertha
8.           Shri Vedanidhi Teertha
9.           Shri Vedaraja Teertha
10.        Shri Vidyamurthi Teertha
11.        Shri Vaikuntharaja Teertha
12.        Shri Vishvaraja Teertha
13.        Shri Vedagarbha Teertha
14.        Shri Hiranyagarbha Teertha
15.        Shri Vishvadhisha Teertha              
16.        Shri Vishvavallabha Teertha
17.        Shri Vishvendra Teertha      
18.        Shri Vedapathi Teertha        
19.        Shri Vadindra Teertha   
20.        Shri Vidyapathi Teertha
21.        Shri Vibudhapati Teertha
22.        Shri Vedavallabha Teertha
23.        Shri Vedavandya Teertha
24.        Shri Vidyesha Teertha
25.        Shri Vibudhavallabha Teertha
26.        Shri Vibudhavandya Teertha
27.        Shri Vibudhavarya Teertha
28.        Shri Vibudhendra Teertha
29.        Shri Vibudhadhiraja Teertha
30.        Shri Vibudhapriya Teertha
31.        Shri Vibudhamanya Teertha
32.        Shri Vibudhesha Teertha
33.        Shri Vishvapriya Teertha
34.        Shri Ishapriya Teertha

Shri Krishnapura MaTha 

The third maTha under Udupi aShTa maThas is Shri KrishnApura MaTha. It has its main branch in the village KrishnApura near Surathkal in DK district, Karnataka. The first yati of this maTha was Shri Janaardana teertha, a direct disciple of Shri Madhwacharya.
The icon of Kaliya mardana Krishna with two hands was gifted to the first yati by Shri Madhwa. 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 Shri Janaardana teertha, Shri Madhwa had also given him another icon. It is of Shri 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.           Shri Ananda Teertha
2.           Shri Janardana Teertha
3.           Shri Shrivatsankita Teertha
4.           Shri Vagisha Teertha
5.           Shri Lokesha Teertha
6.           Shri Lokantha Teertha
7.           Shri Lokapriya Teertha
8.           Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertha
9.           Shri Vishvavadiraja Teertha
10.        Shri Vishvadhisha Teertha
11.        Shri Vishvesha Teertha
12.        Shri Vishvavandya Teertha
13.        Shri Vishvaraja Teertha
14.        Shri Dharanidhara Teertha
15.        Shri Dharadhara Teertha
16.        Shri Prajnamurthi Teertha
17.        Shri Tapomurthi Teertha
18.        Shri Suresvara Teertha
19.        Shri Jagannatha Teertha
20.        Shri Suresh Teertha
21.        Shri Vishvapungava Teertha
22.        Shri Vishvavallabha Teertha
23.        Shri Vishvabhushana Teertha
24.        Shri Yadavendra Teertha
25.        Shri Prajnamurthi Teertha
26.        Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertha
27.        Shri Vidyamurthi Teertha
28.        Shri Vidyavailabha Teertha
29.        Shri Vidyendra Teertha
30.        Shri Vidyanidhi Teertha
31.        Shri Vidyasamudra Teertha
32.        Shri Vidyapathi Teertha
33.        Shri Vidyadhisha Teertha
34.        Shri Vidyapurna Teertha
35.        Shri Vidyaratna Teertha
36.        Shri Vidyasagara Teertha (present swamiji)

Shri Putthige maTha 

The first yati head of Puthige maTha was Shri Upendra Teertha. He was very dear to Acharya Madhva and served him with a lot of devotion. When Acharya and his disciples were on their second pilgrimage to Badri, they were attacked by a band of robbers. Under the Acharya’s inspiration and with his blessings, Shri Upendra Teertha fought with the robbers and single-handedly drove them away! Such was the power of the grace of Acharya on Sri Upendra Teertha. Acharya gave Shri Upendra Teertha an icon of Lord Panduranga Vittala.

The lineage following Sri Upendra Teertha is the one that we today know as Sri Puthige Matha and the main icon illuminating Sri Puthige Matha is the Lord Panduranga Vittala given by Acharya Madhwa.

Shri Upendra Teertha was succeeded by Shri Kavindra Teertha, followed by Shri Hamsendra Teertha and others. The early part of the twentieth century saw Shri Sudhindra Teertha. He lived over 100 years, and performed puja to Lord Krishna in 4 paryaayaas. He started several institutions and is revered even today. He was followed by Shri Sugnanendra teertha, and later by Shri Sugunendra teertha, the present pontiff. With the advent of Shri Sugunendra teertha, the 30th Pontiff, began the golden age of the Puthige Matha.

Yati parampara

1.           Shri Ananda Teertha
2.           Shri Upendra Teertha
3.           Shri Kavindra Teertha
4.           Shri Hamsendra Teertha
5.           Shri Yadavendra Teertha
6.           Shri Dharanidhara Teertha
7.           Shri Damodara Teertha
8.           Shri Raghunatha Teertha
9.           Shri Shrivatsanka Teertha
10.        Shri Gopinatha Teertha
11.        Shri Ranganatha Teertha
12.        Shri Lokanatha Teertha
13.        Shri Ramanatha Teertha
14.        Shri Shrivallabha Teertha
15.        Shri Shrinivasa Teertha
16.        Shri Shrinidhi Teertha
17.        Shri Gunanidhi Teertha
18.        Shri Anandanidhi Teertha
19.        Shri Taponidhi Teertha
20.        Shri Yadavendra Teertha
21.        Shri Kavindra Teertha
22.        Shri Raghavendra Teertha
23.        Shri Vibudhendra Teertha
24.        Shri Surendra Teertha
25.        Shri Bhuvanendra Teertha
26.        Shri Yogindra Teertha
27.        Shri Sumatindra Teertha
28.        Shri Sudhindra Teertha
29.        Shri Sujnanendra Teertha
30.        Shri SugunendraTeertha (present swamiji)

Shri Shiroor MaTha 

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

yati parampara

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

Shri Sode MaTha 

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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 Shri Vishnu teertha and Shri Vadiraja teertha.

Shri Vishnu teertha was the first peeThAdhipati of Sode maTha. He was the younger brother of Shri 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 Tattvavaada philosophy once again, which by then would have become extinct. For this same purpose Shri Madhwacharya is believed to have preserved his sarvamoola granthas on copper plates, and buried them in a place called Kadtila or Setutila. Incidentally, Shri Vishnu teertha is also the founder of Kukke Subrahmanya maTha.

Shri Sode maTha is unique amongst the Udupi aShTa maThas in the sense that its headquarter is situated at a place called Sonda 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. (ShriVadiraja teertha’s birth place Huvinakere is very near to KumbhAshi.) But during the time of Shri 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 Shri BhUvarAha, presented to Shr iVishnu teertha by Shri 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 Shri Vadiraja.

Yati parampara

1.           Shri Ananda Teertha
2.           Shri Vishnu Teertha
3.           Shri Vedavyasa Teertha
4.           Shri Vedavedya Teertha
5.           Shri Vedagarbha Teertha
6.           Shri Vareesha Teertha
7.           Shri Vamana Teertha
8.           Shri Vasudeva Teertha
9.           Shri Vedavyasa Teertha
10.        Shri Varaha Teertha
11.        Shri Vedatma Teertha
12.        Shri Vishvavandya Teertha
13.        Shri Ratnagarbha Teertha
14.        Shri Vedanga Teertha
15.        Shri Vidyapati Teertha
16.        Shri Vishvavandya Teertha
17.        Shri Vishva Teertha
18.        Shri Vithala Teertha
19.        Shri Varadaraja Teertha
20.        Shri Vagisha Teertha
21.        Shri Vadiraja Teertha
22.        Shri Vedavedya Teertha
23.        Shri Vidyanidhi Teertha
24.        Shri Vedanidhi Teertha
25.        Shri Varadaraja Teertha
26.        Shri Vishwadhirajendra Teertha
27.        Shri Vadivandya Teertha
28.        Shri Vishwavandya Teertha
29.        Shri Vibudhaavarya Teertha
30.        Shri Vishwanidhi Teertha
31.        Shri Vishwadhisha Teertha
32.        Shri Vishwesha Teertha
33.        Shri Vishwapriya Teertha
34.        Shri Vishwadhisha Teertha
35.        Shri Vishwendra Teertha
36.        Shri Vishwottama Teertha
37.        Shri Vishwavallabha Teertha (present swamiji)

Shri Kaniyooru maTha 

Shri Kaniyooru Matha is one among the eight Mathas established by Shri Madhwacharya. Shri Rama Theertha, a direct disciple of Shri Madhwacharya is the first pontiff of Kaniyooru matha. Since then, there were 29 pontiffs who ably led Kaniyooru Matha and added to the glory of Matha. Shri Rama Theertha, the first pontiff of Kaniyooru Matha was given with idol of Shri Yoganarasimha, which is being worshipped with atmost respect and divotion as the main deity of Kaniyooru matha. In addition to this, another Narasimha idol known as “Karala Narasimha”, worshipped by Shri Madhwacharya and given to Trivikrama Pandithaacharya which later came to Shri Kaniyooru matha is also being worshipped as “Pattada devaru” in Kaniyooru Matha. Apart from these two main deities, Garudavaahana Lakshminarasimha and Acharya Madhwa kararchita Shri Gopalakrishna idols are being worshipped as “Pattada devaru”. Along with these deities known as “Pattada Devaru”, Shri Vedavyasa, Shri Vittala, Shri Ramachandra, Shri Kadagolu Krishna, are also being worshipped.

It is a matter of pride and honor for Kaniyooru Matha that, a holy place near Udupi, Pajaka Kshetra, where shri Madhwacharya was born, is managed by Kaniyooru Matha. There are a few historical monuments at Pajaka Kshetra, like foot prints of Shri Madhwacharya, the place where Acharya Madhwa killed Manimantha who had disguised in the form of a snake, the big slabs of stones which Acharya Madhwa had kept over vessels of milk and curd in his childhood days and the like are preserved and being worshipped with due respect. During the tenure of Shri Varijaksha Theertha, a Contemporary of Shri Vadiraja Theertha of Shri Sode Vadiraja Matha, the idol of Shri Madhwacharya was installed by Shri Vadiraja Theertha, at Pajaka beside the footprint of Shri Madhwacharya.

Under the able leadership of Shri Vidyavallabha Theertha Swamiji, Matha has seen developments in many aspects in the recent past, adding to the glory of Kaniyooru Matha. Shri Swamiji has shown keen interest to develop the birth place of Acharya Madhwa with the generous help extended by devotees of Shri Madhwacharya. Also Shri Swamiji has developed Udupi branch of Matha. There are many more plans in the mind of Shri Swamiji which are aimed at benefitting the society.

Yati parampara

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

Shri Pejavara MaTha 

Pejavara, is a small village in Mangalore taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. The primary matha of Pejavara matha, one among Udupi's eight matha is located here. Sri Vittala, given by Madhvacharya is the throne God here. Sri Adhokshajatheertha was Madhvacharya's disciple. Since the period of Sri vijayadhvajatheertha, Vibheeshana kararchita ramadeva has been worshiped along with lord Vittala. Aja Vittala and lord Rama are retained as the Throne God. According to the tradition, among the disciples of Sri madhvacharya from eight matha when Sri hrushikeshatheertha (Palimar Math) stands first, Sri adhokshajatheertha (Pejavara Math) remains the last.

The sixth disciple as per tradition, Sri Vijaya theertha is the mahathapasvi who wrote the great interpretation for bhagavatha. He had the qualities of shukumuni. Apart from Udupi, there are branches in Pejavara, kanvatheertha too. Kaniyuru Matha is the dvandva matha for Pejavara Matha. The system of dvandva matha of Pejavara matha was introduced in kaniyoor matha too by Acharya Madhva. The Paryaya which starts from Palimar Matha ends with paryaya of ashtaka Pejavara Matha. Pejavara Matha has had 34 yathi's until today.

Till now 30 rounds of ashtaka paryaya has been conducted. Currently 31st Ashtaka Paryaya is being carried on. It shall end with Pejavara matha paryaya in 2016 and begin with 32nd Palimaru matha paryaya.

Guru parampara

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

Shri Bhandarakeri 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 ShriBandarakeri maTha, which is headquartered at BARKUR in Udupi district.

Shri Bandarakeri maTha traces its origin from ShriAchyutha prajna, and then through Shri Madhwacharya and Shri Sathya teertha. The same maTha is said to have bifurcated into Shri Bheemana kaTTe maTha (of Theerthahalli taluk).

When Shri Vadirajaru was the head of Sode MaTha, at that time his poorvashrama younger brother Shri Surottama Teertha was heading Bhandarakeri MaTha

The 31st peeThAdhipati Shri Vidyamanya Teertha was a great scholar. Some of his prominent disciples are:
Shri Vishwesha teertha (of Pejavar maTha),
Shri Vidyadeesha teertha (of Palimaru maTha),
Shri Vishwapriya teertha (of Admaru maTha),
Shri Sugunendra teertha (of Puttige maTha),
Shri Vidyesha teertha (of Bhandarakeri maTha)
and Shri Bannanje Govindacharya (scholar)

Yati parampara

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

Shri Kukke Subrahmanya maTha 

Located on the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains and on the banks of Kumara Dhaara river in Sulya Taluk, the Subrahmanya Matha in Kukke is the home to the Samputa Narasimha. The story behind the creation and the signficance of the name of the Kumara Dhaara River is itself very interesting. As legend goes, when King Indradyumna was performing some Yajnas, Bhoodevi appeared on to earth in the form of Mahanadhi. This Mahanadhi was later called the Dhaara river. It later came to be known as Kumara Dhaara because Lord Subrahmanya (also known as Kumara) was appointed as the Commander in Chief of Gods by anointing him with the water from this river.

Sri Madhwacharya gave Sanyasa Initiation to Sri Vishnu Theertharu (his brother) and made him the head of the Matha. Sri Vishnu Theertharu left behind the Samputa Narasimha, Vyaasa Mushti, Vithala and Rukmini and Satyabhama, and a smiling Lakshmi Narasimha to the Matha. Many people believe that Sri Vishnu Theertharu is still performing prayers and penance in the Siddha Parvatha since no one has been successful in finding his brindavana. It is also said that initially, Sri Vishnu Theertharu had carried the Samputa with him, but ended up sending it back to the Matha via the Kumara Dhaara River at the request of Sri Aniruddha Theertharu.

When Sri Aniruddha Theertharu was serving as the first pontiff of this Matha, the then king (of the local area) Ballalraaya tried to break open the Samputa by placing it under an elephant's feet. Instead of the Samputa breaking open, the elephant died on the spot. The apologetic and regretful King realized his mistake and donated his monetary possessions to the Matha. Sri Madhwacharya gave Sanyasa Initiation to Sri Vishnu Theertharu (his brother) and made him the head of the Matha. Sri Vishnu Theertharu left behind the Samputa Narasimha, Vyaasa Mushti, Vithala and Rukmini and Satyabhama, and a smiling Lakshmi Narasimha to the Matha. Many people believe that Sri Vishnu Theertharu is still performing prayers and penance in the Siddha Parvatha since no one has been successful in finding his brindavana. It is also said that initially, Sri Vishnu Theertharu had carried the Samputa with him, but ended up sending it back to the Matha via the Kumara Dhaara River at the request of Sri Aniruddha Theertharu.

Guru Parampare

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

Deshastha (Non-Taulava) Madhwa MaThas

Shri Sosale Vyasaraja maTha

The maTha parampara of Shri Padmanabha Teertharu, the direct disciple of Shri Madhwacharyaru, was continued by Shri Narahari Teertharu, Shri Madhava Teertharu, Shri Akshobhya Teertharu, Shri Jaya Teertharu and Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertharu. Shri Vidyadhirajaru had two sanyasi shishyas. The parampara of the first disciple Shri Rajendra Teertharu came to be known as Poorvadi MaTha. The same parampara was then called by the name Shri Vyasaraja MaTha because of the illustrious Shri Vyasaraja Teertharu who adorned the peeTha.

Shri Vyasarajaru was the greatest philosopher-statesman in recent history with a scintillating intellect and multifaceted personality which is not often fully appreciated. The entire Daasa Koota, with its bevy of great musician-teacher-reformers, which had the widest reach into common people, came into being because of thie great yati.

Yati Parampare

1.           Shri Ananda Teertha
2.           Shri PadmanabhaTeertha
3.           Shri Narahari Teertha
4.           Shri MadhavaTeertha
5.           Shri AkshobhyaTeertha
6.           Shri Jaya Teertha
7.           Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertha
8.           Shri Rajendra Teertha
9.           Shri Jayadvaja Teertha
10.        Shri Purushottama Teertha
11.        Shri Brahmanya Teertha
12.        Shri Vyasa Teertha (Vyasarayaru)
13.        Shri Shrinivasa Teertha
14.        Shri Rama Teertha
15.        Shri Lakshmikantha Teertha
16.        Shri Shreepati Teertha
17.        Shri Ramachandra Teertha
18.        Shri Lakshmivallabha Teertha
19.        Shri Lakshminatha Teertha
20.        Shri Lakshmipati Teertha
21.        Shri Lakshminarayana Teertha
22.        Shri Raghunatha Teertha
23.        Shri Jagannatha Teertha
24.        Shri Shreenatha Teertha
25.        Shri Vidyanatha Teertha
26.        Shri Vidyapati Teertha
27.        Shri Vidyavallabha Teertha
28.        Shri Vidyakantha Teertha
29.        Shri Vidyanidhi Teertha
30.        Shri Vidyapoorna Teertha
31.        Shri Vidyashreesindhu Teertha
32.        Shri Vidyashreedhara Teertha
33.        Shri Vidyashreenivasa Teertha
34.        Shri Vidyasamudra Teertha
35.        Shri Vidyaratnakara Teertha
36.        Shri Vidyavaridhi Teertha
37.        Shri Vidyaprasanna Teertha
38.        Shri Vidyapayonidhi Teertha
39.        Shri Vidyavachaspati Teertha
40.        Shri Vidyamanohara Teertha  (Present Swamiji)

Shri Raghavendra Swami maTha

The maTha parampara of Shri Padmanabha Teertharu, the direct disciple of Shri Madhwacharyaru, was continued by Shri Narahari Teertharu, Shri Madhava Teertharu, Shri Akshobhya Teertharu, Shri Jaya Teertharu and Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertharu. Shri Vidyadhirajaru had two sanyasi shishyas. The parampara of the second disciple Shri Kaveendra Teertharu later came to be known by the name Shri Raghavendra Swami MaTha because of the great yati Shri Raghavendra Teertharu who adorned the peeTha.

It is in Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, that the Vigraha of Shri MoolaRama, originally worshipped by Shri Chaturmukha Brahma, the Vigraha of Shri Digvijaya Rama, originally worshipped by Shri Madhvacharya, the Vigraha of Shri JayaRama, originally worshipped by Shri Jayateertha, are being worshipped with devotion and gaiety, by the various Pontiffs, of this Parampara.

Guru Parampara

1.           Shri Ananda Teertharu
2.           Shri Padmanabha Teertharu
3.           Shri Narahari Teertharu
4.           Shri Madhava Teertharu
5.           Shri Akshobhya Teertharu
6.           Shri Jayateertharu
7.           Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertharu
8.           Shri Kaveendra Teertharu
9.           Shri Vaageesha Teertharu
10.        Shri Ramachandra Teertharu
11.        Shri Vibudhendra Teertharu
12.        Shri Jitamitra Teertharu
13.        Shri Raghunandana Teertharu
14.        Shri Surendra Teertharu
15.        Shri Vijayeendra Teertharu
16.        Shri Sudheendra Teertharu
17.        Shri Raghavendra Teertharu (Rayaru)
18.        Shri Yogeendra Teertharu
19.        Shri Sooreendra Teertharu
20.        Shri Sumateendra Teertharu
21.        Shri Upendra Teeertharu
22.        Shri Vadeendra Teertharu
23.        Shri Vasudhendra Teertharu
24.        Shri Varadendra Teertharu
25.        Shri Dheerendra Teertharu
26.        Shri Bhuvanendra Teertharu
27.        Shri Subodhendra Teertharu
28.        Shri Sujanendra Teertaru
29.        Shri Sujnanendra Teertharu
30.        Shri Sudharmendra Teertharu
31.        Shri Sugunendra Teertharu
32.        Shri Suprajnendra Teertharu
33.        Shri Sukrutheendra Teertharu
34.        Shri Susheelendra Teertharu
35.        Shri Suvrateendra Teertharu
36.        Shri Suyameendra Teertharu
37.        Shri Sujayeendra Teertharu
38.        Shri Sushameendra Teertharu
39.        Shri Suyateendra Teertharu
40.        Shri Subudhendra Teertharu  (Present swamiji)

Shri Uttaradi MaTha

The maTha parampara of Shri Padmanabha Teertharu, the direct disciple of Shri Madhwacharyaru, was continued by various illustrious yatis like Shri Narahari Teertharu, Shri Madhava Teertharu, Shri Akshobhya Teertharu, Shri Jaya Teertharu, and so on. The tenth yati in the lineage Shri Ramachandra Teertharu, who is common to both SRS Mutt and Uttaradi Mutt had two sanyasi shishyas namely Shri Vibudhendra Teertha and Shri Vidyanidhi Teertha. The lineage of Shri Vibudhendra Teertharu went on to become Shri Raghavendra MaTha, as seen before. The lineage of Shri Vidyanidhi Teertharu came to be known as Shri Uttaradi MaTha.

The deities worshipped in Shri Uttaradi MaTha are Shri Moola Rama, Shri Digvijaya Rama and Shri Moola Seetadevi.

Guru parampara

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

Shri Shripadaraja MaTha

The main maTha parampara of Shri Padmanabha Teertharu, the direct disciple of Shri Madhwacharyaru, was continued by yatis like Shri Narahari Teertharu, Shri Madhava Teertharu, Shri Akshobhya Teertharu, Shri Jaya Teertharu, and so on. Shri Padmanabha Teertharu had initiated another yati by name Shri Lakshmidhara Teertharu. This lineage continued in parallel to the main maTha parampara, and is known by the name “Shreepadaraja MaTha” because of the illustrious yati Shreepadarajaru who adorned the peeTha later.

Guru parampara:

1.         Shri Ananda Teertha
2.         Shri Padmanabha Teertha
3.         Shri Lakshmidhara Teertha
4.         Shri Sankarshana Teertha
5.         Shri Parashurama Teertha
6.         Shri Adiraja Teertha
7.         Shri Satyavrata Teertha
8.         Shri Swarnavarna Teertha
9.         Shri Shripadaraja Teertha
10.      Shri Hayagreeva Teertha
11.      Shri Shripati Teertha
12.      Shri Shridhara Teertha
13.      Shri Gopalaswami Teertha
14.      Shri Utthanda Ramachandra Teertha
15.      Shri Raghunatha Teertha
16.      Shri Lakshmi manohara Teertha
17.      Shri Lakshmipati Teertha
18.      Shri Lakshminatha Teertha
19.      Shri Lakshmi kantha Teertha
20.      Shri Shrikantha Teertha
21.      Shri Shrinidhi Teertha
22.      Shri Vidyanidhi Teertha
23.      Shri Jnananidhi Teertha
24.      Shri Gunanidhi Teertha
25.      Shri Gunasaranidhi Teertha
26.      Shri Prajnanidhi Teertha
27.      Shri Subodhanidhi Teertha
28.      Shri Vairagyanidhi Teertha
29.      Shri Sujnananidhi Teertha
30.      Shri Sugunanidhi Teertha
31.      Shri Sudhinidhi Teertha
32.      Shri Medhanidhi Teertha
33.      Shri Dayanidhi Teertha
34.      Shri Satyanidhi Teertha
35.      Shri Vijayanidhi Teertha
36.      Shri Vijnananidhi Teertha
37.      Shri Keshavanidhi Teertha (present swamiji)

Shri Partagali Jeevottama MaTha 

Shri Partagali Jeevottama maTha is headquartered at Partagali in Canacona (Goa). The presiding deities are Shri Rama devaru and Shri Veera Vitthala devaru. The maTha was established by Shri Narayana teertharu on Chaitra shukla dwiteeya in 1475 AD with the blessings from Shri Ramachandra teertha, the 12th head of Udupi Palimaru maTha. The maTha came to be known as Jeevottama maTha because of the third yati Shri Jeevottama teertharu. The maTha has branches in many cities in Karnataka, Goa and other states of India.

Guru Parampare

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 Vidyadhiraja teertha (present swamiji)

Shri Kashi MaTha 


Shri Kashi MaTha was founded in the year 1542 AD. Before the Mutt came into existance, most of the Vaishnava Gouda Saraswat Brahmins were the followers of Shri Raghavendra Swami MaTha. During the time of Shri Surendra Teertharu, the fourteenth yati of SRS MaTha, his disciple Shri Vijayeendra Teertharu undertook a Chaturmasya at Kochi during 1539–1540. Here, shreegalu selected Shri Hanumantha Bhaktha as shishya and gave deeksha to him as Shri Yadavendra Teertha.

Shri Yadavendra Teertharu founded Shri Kashi Mutt at Varanasi in 1542 AD and became the first head of the MaTha. SRS MaTha gave two idols of Shri Vedavyasa and Shri Raghupati to Shri Yadavendra Teertha along with the rights to guide the Gouda Saraswats. Today Shri Kashi MaTha has branches all over India.

Guru Parampara

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

Shri Kanva maTha 

The first yati of Shri Kanva MaTha was Shri Madhava Teertharu. His childhood name was Shri Venkatesha Acharya. Once Shri Shesha devaru came in the dream of Venkateshacharya and told him that in a few days a yati from a parampara of Madhwacharyaru will come to your town go to him and request sanyasa from him and preach Hari sarvottamatva. In a few days Shri Lakshmimanohara teertharu, the 25th yati of Shri Shiroor maTha came to Surpur. Shreegalu was dumbstruck seeing the glowing face of Venkateshacharya and understood he is no common man. Shreegalu took him to Udupi and gave sanyasa to Venkateshacharya. Hence Shri Kanva MaTha came into existence.

Yati parampara:

1. Shri Madhava Teertharu
2. Shri Akshobhya Teertharu
3. Shri Vidyadheesha Teertharu
4. Shri Vidyanidhi Teertharu
5. Shri Vidyasampoorna Teertharu
6. Shri Vidyadhiraja Teertharu
7. Shri Vidyaviraja Teertharu
8. Shri Vidyamanohara Teertharu
9. Shri Vidyataponidhi Teertharu
10. Shri Vidyabhooshana Teertharu
11. Shri Vidhya Bhaskara Teertharu (current swamiji)

To be continued ….