Shree Puthige Matha
One of the original disciples of Acharya Madhva was Shree Upendra Teertha. He was very dear to Acharya Madhva and served him with a lot of devotion. When the 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, Shree Upendra Teertha fought with the robbers and single-handedly drove them away! Such was the power of the grace of Acharya on Shree Upendra Teertha.
Acharya gave Shree Upendra Teertha an icon of Lord Panduranga Vittala. The lineage following Shree Upendra Teertha is the one that we today know as Shree Puthige Matha and the main icon illuminating Shree Puthige Matha is the Lord Panduranga Vittala given by Acharya Madhva.
Shree Upendra Teertha was succeeded by Shree Kavindra Teertha, followed by Shree Hamsendra Teertha and others. The early part of the twentieth century saw Shree 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 Shree Sujnanendra teertha, and later by Shree Sugunendra teertha, the present pontiff. With the advent of Shree Sugunendra teertha, the 29th Pontiff, began the golden age of the Puthige Matha.
Deities Worshipped by Shree Swamiji
Upendra Vittala: The vigraha of Panduranga Vittala with Rukmini and Satyabhama gifted to the first pontiff, Shree Upendra Tirtha by Acharya Madhva is worshipped here. Vittala is holding a conch in one hand and pointing his feet with the other hand, both hands are at hip level. Shree Vadiraja Swamiji interpreted this as, those who wear this sign of conch and chakra and prostrate before the Lord's feet can easily cross the ocean of bhava since the depth of the ocean will get reduced to his hip level by the grace of the Lord. Since two other mathas also have the vigraha of Vittala, the vigraha of this matha is known as Upendra Vittala to distinguish this from the other vigrahas.
Shreekara - Lord of Wealth: Eight hands holding Surya, chandra, shanku chakra and tressure and holding Shree Lakshmi's hand. Pouring gold by sitting on Garuda's back. After stealing Parijatha, Shree Krishna and Sathyabhama are flying on Garuda pouring gold throughout the way.
Bhuvaraha - Protector of Earth: Lord Vishnu has taken the Varaha Avatara (Boar Form) to protect Mother Earth to kill Hiranyaksha.
Kaliyamardana Krishna: Shree Krishna's dancing pose on the big and venemous serpant Kaliya to tame the arrogant snake which was causing problems to the cowherds and the cattle in Gokula.
Lakshminarayana on Garuda Vahana: Normally, Vishnu is having Ashtabhuja, where as here, Garuda is having Ashtabhuja. Scriptures desribe this as, one will get the form he mediates. Here, Garuda gets this form because of his meditation.
Dhanvanthri with Amrutha Kalasha and Gnana Mudra: After samudra mathana, Shree Vishnu took the form of Dhanvantri to distribute amritha between the Devas and Asuras. Then, suddenly he took the form of Mohini and deceived the asuras and distributed the nectar among the Devas. This god is known as the god of health.
Vedavyasa - Lord of Knowledge: He is wearing jata. In one hand, Gnana Mudra and Abhaya Mudra on the other. In Bhagavad Gita, Shree Krishna says, abhaya is the first quality for a sadhaka and gnana is the supreme one for salvation.
Hayagriva Saligrama: One will acquire oratory skills by worshipping this saligrama.
Matsya Saligrama: This is in the shape of fish and one will get wealth by worshipping this.
Udupi Shree Krishna Vigraha: Holding churning rod and rope. The significance of this posture is, the Lord is giving the mesage to his devotees, that one will get the moksha by being devoted to the Lord just like getting butter out of churning the curds.
There have been 29 Pitadhipathi's in the parampara of Puthige Matha. They are as follows:1. Shree Upendra Tirtha
2. Shree Kavindra Tirtha
3. Shree Hamsendra Tirtha
4. Shree Yadavendra Tirtha
5. Shree Dharanidhara Tirtha
6. Shree Damodara Tirtha
7. Shree Raghunatha Tirtha
8. Shree Shreevatsanka Tirtha
9. Shree Gopinatha Tirtha
10. Shree Ranganatha Tirtha
11. Shree Lokanatha Tirtha
12. Shree Ramanatha Tirtha
13. Shree Shreevallabha Tirtha
14. Shree Shreenivasa Tirtha
15. Shree Shreenidhi Tirtha
16. Shree Gunanidhi Tirtha
17. Shree Anandanidhi Teertha
18. Shree Taponidhi Tirtha
19. Shree Yadavendra Tirtha
20. Shree Kavindra Tirtha
21. Shree Raghavendra Tirtha
22. Shree Vibudhendra Tirtha
23. Shree Surendra Tirtha
24. Shree Bhuvanendra Tirtha
25. Shree Yogindra Tirtha
26. Shree Sumatindra Tirtha
27. Shree Sudhindra Tirtha
28. Shree Sujnanendra Tirtha
29. Shree Sugunendra Tirtha (Present Pitadhipathi)
AddressShree Puthige Matha
1/3 opp. B.M.S. Engg. College, Bull Temple Main Road,
Basavanagudi, Bangalore - 560 019, Karnataka, India.
Phone : 080-6605042, 6527078, 2906537