Friday, July 9, 2010

History of Kashi Math...


Before the Kashi Math came up, most of the Vaishnava Gowd Saraswat Brahmins were followers of Shri Uttaradi Math. During the 15th century, Sri Ramachandra Tirtha of MOOLA MATH(Jagadguru Sriman Madhwacharya Moola Maha Samsthana) initiated two sishyas to sanyasa -Sri Vibhudendra Tirtha and Sri Vidyanidhi Tirtha. The latter started a new math- Uttaradi Math and became head of the same. Where as Sri Vibhudendra Tirtha continued the Parampara of Sri Ramachandra Tirtha which was the main parampara of Sriman Madhwacharya,now known as Sri Raghavendra Math(Mantralaya) after Sri Raghavendra of Mantralaya. Due to proximity to South Kanara and Kerala, the Gowd Saraswats were transferred to the Kumbhakonam Math.

Later when Surendra Tirtha became the head of the Math at Kumbhakonam(Moola Matha), one of his disciples, Vijayindra Tirtha undertook a Chaturmasya (a religious event lasting four months) at Cochin in 1539–1540. Here, he selected Sri Hanumantha Bhaktha and was given deeksha as Yadavendra Tirtha. Yadavendra Tirtha went on to become head of the new Kashi Math at Varanasi established in 1542 AD. Shri Kumbhakonam Math gave two idols of Shri Vyasa and Shri Rama (Raghupati) to Shrimat Yadavendra Tirtha along with the rights to guide the Gowd Saraswats.

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