The Intelligent, enterprising, deeply spiritual and disciplined Rg-Vedin Smarta Saraswata-s, who are today spread all over the globe, initially flourished on the banks of the River Saraswati in the Himalayan region, north of Kurukshetra.
The drying up of this sacred river and the repeated assaults by Muslim Invaders in the 15th cenruary forced them to migrate southwards. So they moved from Punjab province along the course of the Saraswati, through Rajasthan and Gujurat to first settle in the territory of Gomantak. Here again, the Portugese attempts to forcibly convert the locals made many of them fo further south to Karnataka, where they set up home in and around the township of Gokarna. The saga of this amazing journey of the Saraswata-s from the banks of the sacred Saraswati down to a hamlet called Chitrapur in Karnataka where they established their spiritual centre is truly fascinating!
When the king of Nagar, under whom many Saraswata-s served in high positions, demanded their credentials and asked them to present their Guru, the elders of the community offered penance and intense prayers on the banks of Kotitirtha. There upon their Aradhya-Devata - Lord Bhavanishankar - blessed them with a vision and per its assurance, with their Guru - Parama Pujya Parijnanashram Swamiji I on the following evening. Upon fulfulling the further demand of the Nagar King that official recognition and a letter of consent be obtained from Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri, Swamiji was finally accorded the reverence he fully deserved by the sovereignty and thus began the hallowed, present Guruparampara which is now over 300 years old!