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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.