Shri Gaudapadacharya Math (श्री संस्थान गौडपदाचार्य मठ, Shri Saunstān

Gauḍapādāchārya Math), also known as Kavale Math, located in Kavale, Ponda, Goa

is the oldest math or Aadi Math (Hindu monastery) of the Dakshinatya (South

Indian) Saraswat Brahmins.[2][3] It was founded by Vivarananda Saraswati Swami

Gaudapadacharya in around 740 AD, whose guru was Govinda Bhagavatpada (Guru of

Adi Shankaracharya) who in turn disciple of Adi Guru Gaudapadacharya[4]. There

is also a belief that, Adi guru Gaudapadacharya himself established the Shri

Gaudapadacharya Math when he lived in Gomantak (Goa). Thus, the math came to be

known as Shri Saunstan Gaudapadacharya Math. Unlike other maths, Shri

Gaudapadacharya Math is not a polemical center established to influence the

faith of all Hindus, its jurisdiction is limited to only Dakshinatya Saraswat

Brahmins. The peethadhipati (head monk of the math) of this math is called Shri

Gaudapadacharya. Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins (RSB) and Smarta Gowd Saraswat

Brahmin (GSB) sects are the main disciples of this Math.

Shri Saunstan Gaudapadacharya Math, was founded in 740 AD at Kushasthali

near Keloshi (Quelshim) in Goa by Shri Vivarananda Saraswati, who along with Adi

Shankaracharya was a disciple of Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya, who in turn was

Gaudapadacharya’s disciple. There is also belief among people that the Math was

established by Gaudapadacharya.

During the Portuguese rule in Goa in 15th and 16th century, Hindus were forcibly

converted to Christianity and many Hindu temples and Maths were

destroyed. In 1564, the Gaudapadacharya Math at Keloshi was destroyed by

the Portuguese. Challenged by the Portuguese atrocities, to safeguard the

tradition, legacy of the Math and the Sanatan Dharma, 57th guru Shrimat

Purnananda Saraswati Swami Gowdapadacharya had to leave Goa and find shelter at

the Golvan Math ashram. 58th Guru Shrimat Sahajananda Saraswati Swami

Gauḍapādāchārya and 59th Guru Shrimat Vidyananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

also stayed at the Golvan Math. 60th Guru Shrimat Ramananda Saraswati Swami

Gauḍapādāchārya stayed in Chinder Math. 61st Guru Shrimat Sadananda Saraswati

Swami Gauḍapādāchārya left for Varanasi along with his disciple the 62nd Guru

Shrimat Bhavananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya, as the hostile situation in

Goa did not improve for Hindus.

Later as the peace returned to Goa, SVittal Shyama Sharma Shenavi Ranganekar of

Kaundinya Gotra from Kushasthali along with a group of Saraswats went to

Varanasi to persuade the 62nd Guru to return to Goa from Varanasi. During those

times, it used to take 6 months or more to reach Varanasi and return to Goa. The

guru listened to the plea’s to return to Goa, but politely refused to oblige due

to his old age and his desire to spend his remaining life in sacred place of

Varanasi, abode of god Shiva. This forced the group of people to return to Goa;

however, Ranganekar decided to remain with the guru and serve him in order to

get some more time to persuade him to return to Goa. Unrelenting, Ranganekar

later one day threatened to go on fast-unto-death if the guru would not return

to Goa. When several requests of the guru to Ranganekar to reverse his decision

did not yield any results, in presence of several important Hindu religious

leaders and Sants and Sadhus of Varanasi, performed the religious rituals and

gave Sanyasa deeksha to Ranganekar and made him his disciple and renamed him

Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya.

After giving deeksha, Shri Bhavananda Saraswati ordered Shri Sachidananda

Saraswati to return to Goa and perform the duties of dharma guru of Saraswats

according to the Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math’s tradition. In his journey,

on the way to Goa Shri Sachidananda Saraswati Swamiji was felicitated and

assisted to make his journey comfortable by the kings and general public. Mean

time news of Ranganekar taking Sanyasa deeksha spread among Saraswat Brahmins in

Goma, but some people refused to believe that as truth which led to division of

Saraswat Brahmins into 2 groups.

There was couple of reasons why people refused to believe because as per the

tradition, only a brahmachari can take Sanyasa deeksha and Ranganekar was a

Grahastashrami and the Sanyasa deeksha was not performed in presence of the

disciples from Goa. So some people believed that Ranganekar is trying to enjoy

the special status and power of being Mathadipati and thereby own the property

of the Math. Moreover Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya was

not carrying any documents signed by Shri Bhavananda Saraswati authenticating

his new status.

All these developments forced Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati swami

Gauḍapādāchārya to return to Varanasi in mid-way and appraised Shrimat

Bhavananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya about the situation. Then Shrimat

Bhavananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya invited the religious leaders of

Varanasi to a gathering at Mukthi Mantap to discuss the matter and wrote a

letter stating that Shri Sachidananda Saraswati swamij Gauḍapādāchārya was

indeed his disciple and Uttaradhikari of Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math in

Goa and he would be the spiritual guru of Saraswat Brahmins of Gomantak region

and which was signed along with other religious leaders gathered there and

handed over to Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya.

Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya then decided to stay few

more days with his guru Shrimat Bhavananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya in

Varanasi and later returns to Goa where a grand welcome awaited him and he

stayed in Sonavade Math in Ratnagiri.

As peace prevailed in Goa region, in 1630 new Math building was built in Kavale,

Ponda, Goa, which in those days was a part of Sonde Kingdom, under Hindu rule.

The land for this Math was gifted by then ruler Shri Basavalinga Soundha. After

the Math building was built, Shrimat Satchidananda Saraswati Swami

Gauḍapādāchārya who was staying in Sonavade Math moved to this new Math and

became the first Mathadipati to stay in this Math and it was made the

headquarters of the Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math.

The group of Shenavi Saraswat Brahmins, who still refused to acknowledge Shrimat

Satchidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya as the new Guru, split from larger

Saraswat community and later founded new Math called Chitrapur Math in 1708.

Aadi-Math of Saraswats

Since Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math was established in Goa, it remained

Aadi-Math (first math) and sole spiritual authority among Southern Saraswat

Brahmins also called as Dakshinatya Saraswats, viz., Sashtikar (Dorke including

Bardeshkars), Shenvis (Karbharis), Chitrapur Saraswats (Bhanaps),

Bhalavalikar/Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins who were all known as Gauda Saraswat

Brahmins and followed Smarta tradition [11].

Other Saraswat Maths

Since Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math was established, all Dakshinatya or

southern Saraswat brahmins were the disciples of this Math and all Saraswat

Brahmins were followers of Smarta tradition. In 12th Century A.D. Madhvacharya

propagated the Dvaita philosophy and promoted Bhakti movement centred around god

Krishna which gave fillip to Vaishnava sect and a large section of Saraswat

Brahmins converted to Vaishnavism[12]. Later in 1476 A.D. Shree Gokarna

Partagali Math Saunstan and in 1542 A.D. Shree Kashi Math Saunstan was founded

under Vaishnava sampradaya and those Saraswat Brahmin coverts to Vaishnavism

started following these new Maths.

Gaudapadacharya

Decorated idol of Bhagvan Shri Bhavani Shankar along with Vishnu, Devi, Surya

and Ganesha at Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math, Kavale, Goa

In Kali Yuga Sri Gaudapadcharya is the first preceptor to imbibe the Vedanta

Wisdom and imparted it to his disciples, thus he is the first historical

exponent of Advaita Vedanta[13][14][15][16][17]. He is the guru of Govinda

Bhagavatpadacharya (the Guru of Adi Shankaracharya), thus he is the grand guru

of Adi Shankaracharya.

Gauḍapādāchārya authored Ma-n.d.ukya Ka-rika- which is known by several names

such as Gaud.apa-da Ka-rika-, Mandookya Vartika, Mandukopanishad Gaudapada

Vakyan, Aagama Granth, Upadesha Granth and also by the name A-gama S’a-stra a

commentary on Mandukya Upanishad. Gauḍapādāchārya describes the subtle meanings

locked in the mantras of Mandukya Upanishad, one of the shortest but most

profound Upanishads, or mystical Vedas, consisting of just 13 prose sentences.

Although it is a small book by its length, its philosophical contents are very

profound and far reaching, and it is considered one of the greatest works of

fundamental philosophy by all scholars. Gaud.apa-da Ka-rika- is an example of

the rational epistemics of ultimate reality and it is the earliest known

systematic exposition of Advaita Vedanta.[18]. That is why this book is also

known as ‘Vedanta Moola’ meaning the basis of Vedanta philosophy. He explained

the illusionary nature (Maya) of the world and the reality of the

Parabhrahman[19].

Gaudapadcharya also wrote commentary on Sāṁkhya Kārikā of Iśvarakṛṣṇa (3rd

century) and his other works included Anurgeeta-bhasya, Uttargeeta-bhasya,

Chidananda Kelivilas[20].

Adi Shankaracharya at the end of his famous commentary to the Gaud.apa-da

Ka-rika- addresses the following salutation to Gauḍapādāchārya as his ‘Parama

Guru’ (Grand teacher) and compliments him for recovering Advaita Vedanta from

Vedas, that verse in Sanskrit goes like this[21]:

Prajnā-vaishākha-vaighashrubhit-Jalanidhe-vaidn-āmnontarastam |Bhutānyālokya

magnānya-virat-janan-agrahdhore samudre

|Karuna-yadudhrdh-dharamrat-amidam-marairdhurlabham bhuthetoho |Yastam

poojyābhipujyam paramaguru-mamun pādpatairnimāmi ||

Above verse if translated to English it means: ‘I prostrate before the Master of

my Master (ParamaGuru), the most venerable among the venerable who, seeing the

beings immersed in the ocean of this world, ocean infested by frightening sharks

such as birth and death, has given, out of compassion towards all beings, this

nectar difficult to drink even by the gods and that is hidden in the depths of

the great sea of the Vedas, Vedas that he reveals by the power of his

enlightened intellect’.

Though there is not much written details of history about Gaudapadcharya’s past

life, according to a Legend[22] Gaudapadacharya was born to Shri Vishnudatta and

Gunavathi in a devout Saraswat Brahmin family at Bhupalam near Vitta in the

present district of Sangli and his name was Shukadatt[23],[24]. He renounced his

life at a very younger age and went to the nearby hill forest in quest of

spiritual wisdom. There he was instructed by God through Nabhovani (Inner voice)

to march towards North for fulfilling his spiritual wisdom. Dattadeva received

the wisdom of Vedanta through the grace of Lord Narayana and the blessings of

Shri Vedavyasa at Badrikashrama.

Shri Govinda Bhagavatpadaacharya

Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya (IAST Govinda Bhagavatpāda) was the Guru of the

Advaita philosopher, Adi Shankara[25], and it is mentioned in all the

traditional accounts (Shankara Vijayams). He is also mentioned in the very first

verse of Shri Adi Shankaracharya’s Prakaraņa grantha (treatise) Viveka

Chudamani. Shri Adi Guru Gaudapadacharya was his Guru (Teacher)[26].

In around 780 AD, Adi Guru Shri Gauḍapādāchārya was on a pilgrimage to Kashi

(Varanasi) with his Sishya Shri Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya, and they stayed at a

tapovan where he established a ashram inside a cave on the banks of the Narmada

River. At the same time, a boy called Shankara who was in search of a Guru,

learnt from people about Shri Gauḍapādāchārya as a great Yogi living in a cave

on the river bank in deep meditation. Shankara soon reached the ashram and stood

before the entrance of the cave singing some verses. Hearing the verses Shri

Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya asks from the cave who was standing near the cave and

Shankara reples in the form of 10 slokas ending with the refrain

“Sivahkevaloham”. These ten slokas constitute the famous Dasasloki of the

Acharya[27]. After some conversations Shankara expressed his desire to be

initiated into Sanyas and Shri Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya conveyed it to his

Guru Shri Gauḍapādāchārya.

Shri Gauḍapādāchārya from his power of Tapasya found out that this Shri Shankra

was an incarnation of Lord Shiva and born to uplift the Vedas and thus Sanatana

Dharma and instructs his Sishya Shri Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya to give deeksha

to Shri Shankara and later Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya initiated Shri shankara

into Sanyasa and named him as Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadacharya[28]. After giving

deeksha, Shri Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya instructed Shri Shankarachaya to write

a commentary on the Brahma Sutras and propagate the Advaita philosophy. Shri

Shankarachaya stays with his Guru for some more years and mastered the Vedanta.

Shri Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya also gave deeksha to another vatu and named him

Shri Vivarananda, who returned to head Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math at Keloshi in

Goa.

Deities

Bhavanishankar, an aspect of Shiva is the aradhya devata (tutelary deity) of the

math.[29] Daily trikal (Morning, Afternoon, and Evening) Puja is offered by the

Mathadipati (head monk)[30] to Bhavanishankar along with deities Vishnu, Devi,

Surya and Ganesha according to Smarta tradition of Panchayatana (five deity)

puja system.

Birudāvali or Title

Vivarananda Swami founded the math’s tradition that the name of every Swami of

the line should carry the suffix ‘Anand’, honorific ‘Saraswati’, designation

‘Swami’ and the name of his grand guru Gaudapadacharya as the math is also named

after him. Similar to how a King is addressed when he enters the royal court

with his Birudāvali (Title), Mathadhipatis of the math are also addressed in

Sanskrit. The Birudāvali of Shree Swami goes like this.

Shrmat-paramhans-parivrājak-āchārya-pādvākya-pramān-parāwar-parin

yam-niyam-āsan-prānāyām-pratyāhar-dhyān-dhārana-samādhya-ashtānga

yog-anushtān-nagarishtha-nishthān-ādi-guru-paramparā-prapt nigam-āgam-sār

shruti-mārg-prakāshak sarva-tantra swatantra shrimajjmad-agni-tanuj

tapah-swadhyāyā-adyārtha vinirmit shuparik mahākshetra gomant-achal

gomati-tir-sannihit kushasthali-nagar mahāmuth-ādi-pratistāpana-āchārya

sakal-sur-mukut-mani-neerājit divya-shri-bhavāni-shankar-pād-aravind-arādhar

shreemat-atmānanda-saraswati-kar-kamal-sanjāt

shreemat-poornānanda-saraswati-anugrahit shreemat-satchitānand-saraswati

shree-padai ||

The name of Shree Swami and his guru and grand guru mentioned in above

Birudāvali will change depending on the Swami addressed.

Guru Parampara

H.H. Shrimad Shivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya, Present Mathadipati of

Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math performing daily Puja to Shri Bhavani Shankar

H.H. Shrimad Shivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya, Present Mathadipati of

Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math, Kavale, Goa

H.H.Shivaikya Shrimad Sachidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya, 76th

Mathadipati of Shri Saunstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math, Kavale, Goa

The following well-known ‘Parampara-stotra’ among Smarthas in Sanskrit has the

list of early Advaita teachers in their order and that is recited at the

beginning of the study of Commentaries [31],[32],[33]

Nārāyanam Padmabhuvam Vasishtam shaktiæ ca tatputraæ Parāsharam ca |Vyāsam

Shukam Gaudapāda Mahantam Govindam Yogindram athasya shishyam |Shri

Shankarāchārya mathasya Padmapādam ca hastamalakam ca shishyam |Tam trotakam

vartika karamanyan asmad guru-nsantat-amanato ’smi ||

It means: ‘To Narayana, to the lotus-born Brahma, to Vasistha, to Shakti and to

his son Parashara, to Vyasa, to Shuka, to great Gaudapada, to Govinda-Yogindra

and to his disciple Sri Shankaracarya, then to his disciples Padmapada,

Hastamalaka, Totraka and Vartikakara [Suresvara], to these our Masters we pay

our respectful obeisance now and forever’.

From this verse we can understand that, first teacher being Lord Narayana

himeself and line of descent from father to son up-to Sri Shuka Acharya. From

Lord Narayana to Sri Shuka Acharya the line of succession is known as

‘Vamsarsi-parampara’ and from Sri Gaudapadcharya starts the descent of Sanyasins

and known as ‘Manava-Guru-Shishya-parampara'[34].

To bifurcate Acharyas according to the Yuga[35]:

A) In Satya or Krata Yuga

1) Lord Narayana 2) Lord Sadashiva and 3) Lord Brahma.

B) In Treta Yuga

1)Vasishta Maharishi 2)Shakti Maharishi and 3) Parashara Maharishi.

C) In Dvapara Yuga

1) Veda Vyasa and 2) Sri Shuka Acharya

D) In Kali Yuga

1) Acharyas start with Sri Gaudapada Acharya.

Divine Group[36]

Lord Narayana

Lord Sadashiva

Lord Brahma

Semi-Divine Group[37]

Vamsarsi-parampara

Vasishta Maharishi

Shakti Maharishi

Parashara Maharishi

Veda Vyasa

Sri Shuka Acharya

Manava Guru-Sampradaya

Sri Gaudapada Acharya

Sri Govinda Bhagavatpadaacharya

Shri Adi Shankaracharya

Gaudapadacharyas

The Shri Gaudapadacharya Math follows a ‘Guru-Sishya’ system in which head of

the Math appoints a Sishya, who succeeds the Guru. A Sishya is selected at very

young age. The existing head of the Math decides upon a worthy disciple,

initiates him as a sannyāsin, and appoints him as the head.

The available details of Guru-Shishya parampara of Shri Saunstan Gaudapadacharya

Math is as given below [38],[39].

1. Shri Gauḍapādāchārya

2. Shri Govinda Bhagavatpadacharya

3. Shrimat Vivarananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya & Shri Adi

Shankaracharya

4. Shrimat Adinath Paramashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

5. Shrimat Sadashiva Paramashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

6. Shrimat Ishwara Paramashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

7. Shrimat Rudra Pramashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

8. Shrimat Vishnu Paramashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

9. Shrimat Brahma Paramashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

10. Shrimat Sanaka Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

11. Shrimat Sadananda Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

12. Shrimat Sanatana Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

13. Shrimat SanatKumara Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

14. Shrimat Sarika Sujata Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

15. Shrimat Rhibhushita Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

16. Shrimat Dattatreya Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

17. Shrimat Raivata Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

18. Shrimat Vamadeva Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

19. Shrimat Vyasa Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

20. Shrimat Shuka Mahashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

21. Shrimat Nrisimha sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

22. Shrimat Mahesha Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

23. Shrimat Bhaskara Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

24. Shrimat Mahendra Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

25. Shrimat Vishnu Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

26. Shrimat Madhava Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

27. Shrimat Mahesh Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

28. Shrimat Advaitha Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

29. Shrimat Paramatmananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

30. Shrimat Siddayogeshwarananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami

Gauḍapādāchārya

31. Shrimat KAivalyananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

32. Shrimat Amritananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

33. Shrimat Hansananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

34. Shrimat Brahmananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

35. Shrimat Vimalananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

36. Shrimat Sachidananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

37. Shrimat Vimalananda Sadashivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

38. Shrimat Ramamnda Sadashvananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

57. Shrimat Poornananda Saraswati Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

58. Shrimat Sahajananda Saraswati Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

59. Shrimat Vidyananda Saraswati Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

60. Shrimat Ramananda Saraswati Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

61. Shrimat Sadananda Saraswati Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

62. Shrimat Bhavananda Saraswati Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

63. Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

64. Shrimat Shivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya & Shrimat Atmananda

Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

65. Shrimat Ramananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

66. Shrimat Jyotirananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya, Shrimat Lilananda

Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya, Shrimat Sadananda Saraswati Swami

Gauḍapādāchārya & Shrimat Poornanada Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

67. Shrimat Ramananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

68. Shrimat Shivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

69. Shrimat Atmananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

70. Shrimat Poornananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

71. Shrimat Ramananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

72. Shrimat Shivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

73. Shrimat Atmananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

74. Shrimat Poornananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

75. Shrimat Ramananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

76. Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya

77. Shrimat Shivananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya [Present Pontiff]

There are no records available about the swamiji’s from serial number 39 to

56. The records were destroyed by the Portuguese government during their rule

in Goa.

Branches (Ashrams)

Headquarters of Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math Building at Kavale, Ponda, Goa.

Headquarters of Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math Building at Belgaum, Karnataka.

Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math branch at Chinchewada, Sadashivgad, Maharashtra.

Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math branch at Gokarna, Karnataka.

Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math branch at Ankola, Karnataka.

Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math branch at Halage, Karvar, Karnataka.

The Kavale Math has following branches/Ashramas .

1. Shri Sanstan Gauḍapādāchārya Math, (Headquarters), Kavale, Ponda, Goa, Pin-

403 401. This Moola Math (headquarters) was built and inaugurated by 63rd

pontiff Shri Sachidananda Saraswati Swamiji. This Math is in close vicinity of

Shri Shantadurga temple and there are six Samadhis within the premise. This

Math was built about seventy years after the original Math at Keloshi was

destroyed by Portuguese. Land for this Math was donated by King Basavalinga

Soundha of Sonde Kingdom who ruled at the time.

2. Kashi Math: K22/58, Durga ghat, Varanasi ([Kashi]), U.P., Pin – 221 008.

This Math situated on Durgaghat in Kashi and the presiding deity of the Math

is Lord Yaduraj.

3. Near Dhruvakila, Brahmavarta, Kanpur, U.P.. Brahmavarta is ancient well

known holy place. The Math is in the fort at Dhrub Ghat on the banks of River

Ganga. Near to this place stands magnificent palace of King Uttanapada. This

Math has a Shri Rama Temple. The Math used to get an annual grant of thousand

rupees from the former Indore state.

4. Nasik, Maharashtra, Pin – 422 011. This Math is located on the banks of the

river Godavari in Nasik and close to the Sarkarwada of Shrimant Peshwa, has

two Samadhi’s in it. The land for this Math was gifted by a Patil during

Peshwas rule. In 1657, then ruler Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj made a permanent

grant to this math, later Gaekwad of Baroda also made a cash grant of Rs

1525/- a year. Once during 74th Shrimat Poornananda Saraswati

Gauḍapādāchārya’s stay in the Math, it caught fire and his disciple Vishnu

Vinayak Gaitonde saved the life of Shri swamiji by putting his own life in to

great risk. In this tragedy several valuable records including grant deeds

were destroyed.

5. 91, Banaganga Tank Road, Malabar Hill, Walkeshwar, Mumbai, Pin – 400 006.

This Math is on Malabar hill, in Mumbai along the shores of Arabian sea. Thers

is famous Banganga lake in front of this Math. The Kashi Math building and the

well-known Shree Walkeshawar temple is also in the close vicinity of this

Math. There are three samadhis in this Math. Shri Ramshenvi Lotlikar of Vatsa

Gotra had donated the land for this Math. This Math was last rebuilt by 76th

Shrimat Sachidananda Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya. For rebuilding the Math,

cornerstone was laid by Shri Kashi Mathadish, Shimat Sudhindra Teertha Swamiji

on 28 February 1963 in the devine presence of Shrimat Dwarakanath Teertha

Swami Wadiyar of Shri Gokarna Math. This was the first and rare occasion where

swainji’s of three Saraswat Math’s came together. Later the rebuilt Math was

ceremonially inaugurated by Shimat Sudhindra Teertha Swamiji of Kashi Math on

28 May 1967.

6. Math Gali, Khanapur, Belgaum, Karnataka, Pin – 591 302. This Math is

situated on the banks of Malprabha river in Khanapur village in Belgaon

District of Karnataka and it houses three samadhis. This Math was built during

Shree Ramananda Saraswati in about 1758 AD. In this Math Panchmuhki idol of

Shree Mangesh Shankar (Uma-Maheshwar) is worshiped. The Peshwas donated the

township of Marisapur for upkeep of the Math. During the riots of Kittur that

swept the area, Math was looted and Gold and Silver were lost worth lakhs of

Rupees along with records of grants given to Math.

7. Vithalapur, Sankhali, Goa, Pin- 403 505. This Math is about 17 miles away

from Math at Kavale. This Math houses the Samaadhi of Shree Brahmananda

Saraswati and Shree Poornananda Saraswati, the 66th Swamiji in this Math. Shri

Satroji Rane had built this Math in Saka 1722.

8. Sonvade, Kudal, Taluk Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, Pin – 416 520. This Math is

situated in Sonavade village of Kudal in Sawantwadi. There are three samadhis

in this Math including that of 63rd Guru Shree Satchidananda Saraswati. Prince

of Wadi Bhonsale donated the land for this Math along with agricultural land

for maintenance of the Math.

9. Chinder, Malvan Taluk, Sindhudurg Dist, Maharashtra, Pin – 416 602. This

Math was established and inaugurated by Shree Poornananda Saraswati, the 66th

Swamiji. Shree Ramanand Saraswati, disciple of Shri Vidyananda Saraswati lived

here.

10. Golvan, Golvan Taluk, Sindhudurg Dt., Maharashtra. This Math is in Golvan

village, Golvan taluka, Maharashtra. There are three samadhis in this math, of

those Shri Poornananda Saraswati, Shri Sahajananda Saraswati and Shri

Vidyananda Saraswati.

11. Chinchewada, Sadashivgad, Karwar, North Karnataka, Pin – 581 352. This

Math was built during then Mathadish Shree Shivanand Swamiji in Saka 1793,

about 3 km from Karvar, north Karnataka. The main deity Shree Sharadamba devi

is worshipped in this Math along with Shiva Linga of black stone marked with

concentric circles. When Rudrabhisheka is done to this Shiva Linga, one can

hear the booming sound of ‘Aum’. This Math also houses samadhi of Shree

Shivanand Saraswati swamiji the 73rd swaimiji.

12. Halage, Dhol, Karwar District, North Karnataka, Pin – 581 328. In this

Math idol of Shree Vithal Vishveshwar is installed and worshipped. Land for

this Math was donated by Ramachandra Marthoba Nadkarni Malapurkar and his

brothers ob 16 February 1890. This is the birth place of Shree Atmananda

Saraswati Swamiji, the seventy fourth Swamiji.

13. Main Road, Shree Kshetra Gokarna, North Canara, Karnataka Pin – 581 326.

This Math was constructed in between Saka 1830 – 1841 and the marble idol of

Shri Chakravarti Shivalinga was installed in it on Phlalguna Shukla Dashami (

29 th February 1920). The land for the Math was donated by Annapurnabai

Shabaji Kulkarni of Chendiye, Karvar Taluk to Shri Atmananda Saraswati in Saka

1753.

14. E-70, Greater Kailash Part – I, New Delhi, Pin – 110 048. This Math was

inaugurated on 16th Feb, 1978 by Kashi Math Swamiji. Shri Sachidananda

Saraswati Swami Gauḍapādāchārya installed the Shri Shantadurga idol. Swamiji’s

from Shri Gokarn Math and Chtrapur Math were also present at the occasion.

Shri B.D.Jatti, then vice-president of India visited the Math and offered

respects to Shri Swamijis.

15. 45, Somavar Pet, Tilakwad, Belgaum, Karnataka, Pin – 590 006.

16. Lakshmeshwar, Ankola, North Canara, Karnataka, Pin – 581 314.

Branch Maths having Temples within their Precincts

The following branches of Shri Gauḍapādāchārya Math have temple within their

precincts.

Shrē Vithal Rakhumai temple at Kavale Math.

Shrē Uma Maheshwar temple at Khanapur Math.

Shrē Mahakali and Muralidhar Gopalakrishna temple at Walkeshwar Math, Mumbai.

Shrē Bhavanishankar temple Sonavade Math, Sindhudurg.

Shrē Sita Ramachandra temple at Brahmavart Math, U.P.

Shrē Bhavanishankar temple at Chindar Math, Kankavali.

Shrē Venu Gopal at Kashi Math, Varanasi, U.P.

Shrē Vithal Vishveshwar temple at Halage Math, Sadashivgad.

Shrē Sharadamba temple at Sadashivgad Math.

Shrē Chakravarti Shivaling at Gokarna Math, North Canara, Karnataka.

Shrē Shree Datta Mandir at Ankola Math.

Other Saraswath Maths

Sri Kashi Math (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh)

Sri Chitrapur Math (Shirali, Karnataka)

Shri Gokarna Math (Partagali, Goa)

Source : Kavale Mutt website / Wikipedia.