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नाना जनस्य सुश्रूशा कर्तव्या करवन् मितेः
(श्रीमद्जगद्गुरु श्रीमन् मध्वाचार्य)
“Naanaajanasya Shushrooshaa Karmaakhyaa Karavanmitehe”
(Shri Jagadgurur Madhwacharya)
अयं बन्धुरयं नेति गणना लघुचेतसां उदारचरितानां  तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्
Ayam bandhurayam neti ganana laghuchetasam udaracharitanam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam
Maha Upanishad (Chapter 6, Verse 72)
धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः
Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha

Sri Puthige Matha

Udupi is an ancient city situated in the coastal belt of Karnataka, having rich cultural heritage dating back thousands of years. One can find the greatness of this holy land even in the ancient scriptures like Puranas. The ”Krishna matha” of Udupi is a world-famous center for Krishna devotion which attracts millions of devotees from all over the world. This Krishna matha was established over 800 years ago by a great saint Sri Madhvacharya – an avatar of Sri MukhyaPrana himself, propagated the philosophy of “Tatvavada”, which later came to be known as “Dwaita philosophy”. At Krishna Matha, he (Sri Madhvacharya) consecrated a 5000-year-old idol of lord Krishna, which had come sailing on a boat from the shores of Dwaraka in the state of Gujarat to Malpe near Udupi. This is probably the testimony for the highest level of grace bestowed upon by the Lord Krishna to his staunchest devotee, – Sri Madhvacharya.

Sri Madhvacharya had also laid the foundation for 8 monasteries or mathas to support and perform the religious rituals in the Krishna matha. Shri Puthige matha is one of them. Shri Upendra Teertha was the most important direct disciple of Sriman Madhwacharya, whose name finds mention in the “Shri Sumadhwa Vijaya“ the biography of Sriman Madhwacharya. The monastery that has come down to us through him is called Shri Puthige Matha. The present pontiff Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji was anointed as the 30th pontiff of Sri Matha at the age of twelve. Swamiji studied under “Sri Vidyamanya Theertha Swamiji”, one of the greatest scholars of Vedanta in the modern times.

The main idol worshiped in the Puthige Matha is that of Panduranga (Vittala) with Rukmini -Satyabhama ,which was given to Shri Upendra Tirtha by Shri Madhvacharya.

One of the idols worshiped in the Puthige Moola Matha is that of Shri Lakshminarasimha.

The main branch of this Matha is in the village by name Puthige. The idol of Vithal with Rukmini and Satyabhama gifted to the first pontiff Shri Upendra Tirtha by the Acharya Madhva is worshipped here. 

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