Introduction - By Smt. Malini Madiman
Shrī Chitrāpur Math, Bangalore, is located in Malleswaram, one of the oldest residential localities of the city. It stands at the junction of 8th Main and 15th Cross roads, a haven of peace in the noisy traffic.
The Math is almost 50 years old. In 1953, some Chitrāpur Saraswats were inspired by His Holiness Swami Anandashram to acquire the property in the name of Lord Bhavanishankar, the presiding deity of Shrī Chitrāpur Math, Shirali, North Kanara. Prior to that, H H and His retinue used to stay in "Deva Prasad", the residence of Shrī Devrao Shivram Ubhayakar, and these visits used to be treated as "private". Religious functions like Maha Shivaratri, Datta Jayanti, Ananta Vrata etc. were held at the residences of some members of the community. There was no focal point for these activities.
Initially, when the Math was established, it was used as a summer resort and transit accommodation for H H. Gradually all socio-religious activities were shifted to the Math. "Amgelo Mathu" as Bhanaps of Bangalore lovingly call it, is now the centre for all religious, spiritual and related activities for the young and old.
History of the building:
Built in the 1930's, it was originally intended to be the "summer home" of Shrī Bolangady Ganapatrao of Chennai. Shrī Sirur Narsingrao and family occupied the Math building from 1943 to March 1953. Since the building was meant to be a residence, it became increasingly difficult to accommodate the ever growing Bhanap population of Bangalore, especially during major functions like Chaturmasya etc. As a result, a renovation was undertaken in 1973 by Naimpally Ganapatmam and sons, involving covering of the central courtyard with asbestos sheets to convert it into a hall.
The second major renovation to the building was carried out in 1996. A permanent RCC structure replaced the asbestos in the main hall. A music recital by Pt. Prabhakar Karekar was arranged to raise funds for meeting the expenses.
The third and latest renovation work was started in October, 1999 and completed in February, 2000. New, spacious accommodation was built for H H with a beautiful ‘sit-out’ facing the 15th Cross road. Many devotees contributed lovingly towards this project.
The first Gayatri Purascharana Homa in December 1992, started with a Sankalpa for Guru prapti. It was followed by Shatachandi Homa. Parama Poojya Swami Ishwaranand Giriji of Mt. Abu was invited to inaugurate the Purascharan. The next year, the second Gayatri Purascharan was followed by Sahasra Modak Archana.
The Golden Era of the Math began in 1997 after the Ordination of Parama Poojya Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji, the 11th Mathadhipati of Shrī Chitrāpur Math, Shirali.
Poojya Swamiji's first visit to Bangalore Math (after Pattabhishek) was in December 1997 for Geeta Jayanti. H H Ishwaranand Giriji was also present.
In 1998, H H Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji observed the Chaturmasya Vrata at Bangalore Math. Poojya Swamiji's towering personality brought about a transformation in devotees of all ages. During the two months of Chaturmasya, Poojya Swamiji performed Poojas every morning and night. He taught the devotees to chant the ritualistic Samskrut shlokas with Him so that everyone experienced a sense of involvement. The 'group chanting' creates a divine atmosphere in the Math. Ever since the 1998 Chaturmasya, there has been a tremendous revival of religious and spiritual consciousness. Shiva Poojan, Devi Poojan, Guru Poojan, Shankaracharya Poojan, Bhagwad Geeta Poojan are all performed on the respective days and are well attended.
Sadhana Navaha (1956): A 9 day long satra was held for the first time during the visit of H H Anandashram Swamiji. Inaugurated on 14th January, the satra included Pavamana Abhishek, Samudaika Gayatri Japa, Navachandi Homa, Laghu Rudra, and Grama Bhiksha on the 21st . The Lalki Utsav that night was the first of its kind in Malleswaram.
Mahasamadhi of H H Anandashram Swamiji (Sep. 16th 1966): At 9:15 on that fateful day, the holy precincts of the Math reverberated with three resonant "Omkaars", as Poojya Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi. The Mortal Remains were taken to Shirali and interred alongside the other Samadhis as per His wish. To this day one can feel the vibrations of the Omkaars in the Samadhi room.
Chitrāpur Commercial & Housing Complexes: In the mid 1970's, Chitrāpur Math, Shirali was in need of additional revenue as it depended solely on the annual vantiga to carry out its daily viniyogas. H H Parijnanashram Swamiji III had the foresight to utilize the land on around the Bangalore Math to build a Commercial complex, which would stabilize the Math finances. In 1979, Shrī Heble Ramanand Rao, who was President of the Local Sabha then, and Shrī Jeppu Satish Rao undertook the construction of a 6 storey Chitrāpur Commercial complex on the land facing 8th Main road. The complex has proved to be a "Kamadhenu" for the Math at Shirali, having made it self-sufficient.
The land alongside the Math, facing 15th Cross road, was leased out to the Chitrāpur Co-op. Housing Society to construct an 8 storey, 96-apartment complex. This eased the housing shortage in a fast growing Malleswaram.
Mahasamadhi of H H Parijnanashram Swamiji III: On 29th August, 1991, Parama Poojya Parijnanashram Swamiji III attained Mahasamadhi. The Mortal Remains were kept in the Math from 3:00 to 5:30 p. m. for the devotees to pay their last respects, and then flown to Mumbai by a chartered flight.
Important Rooms in the Math:
'Samadhi Kood': This room is on the ground floor. This is where Poojya Anandashram Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi. No changes have been made, since His time, in the way it is furnished. The uniqueness of this room is the peace of mind it affords. The reverberations of the last "Omkaars" still resound, not only in this room but in the entire hallowed edifice. For this reason, many Mahatmas and intellectuals love to give discourses in our Math in preference to other places with better facilities.
The Library: The Math Library houses hundreds of books on spiritual and allied topics, and is very well made use of by the devotees.
'Deva Kood': There are idols of Lord Shiva, Mookambika, and the Panchayatan deities, besides the Padukas of H H Anandashram Swamiji and photographs of H H Pandurangashram Swamiji, H H Parijnanashram Swamiji III, H H Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji and other Gods.
Special Days at the Math:
On Sundays, there are bhajans, pooja and aaratis in the evenings.
On Mondays, Panchamrita Rudrabhishek seva on a permanent basis was started by Smt. Malini Madiman in 1985-86. Ved. Baddukuli Bhavanishankar Bhatji performed the Pooja and after his demise, his son Radhakrishna Bhat continued this. When Shrī Vasant and Lalita Ullal moved to Bangalore from Chennai, they introduced one hour of Stotra Pathan prior to the Pooja. Lalitapacchi trained the ladies of the Bhajan Mandali to chant almost 100 stotras. After the stotrapathan, one chapter of the Geeta and the Mrutyunjaya japa are chanted, followed by Deepanamaskars & Pooja. Eversince H H Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji introduced Shiva Poojan, it has been performed with a lot of enthusiasm by the devotees. During the months of Shravan and Kartika, many offer
Rudrabhishek Sevas on Mondays.
Thursday is the oldest "special" day, observed with bhajans, pooja and aaratis. Since July 1999, at the behest of Poojya Swamiji, Guru Poojan is being performed regularly.
Friday is a new "special" day. Again at Poojya Swamiji's behest, Devi Poojan is performed after bhajans and chanting of Shree Sukta.
Deepanamaskars are chanted every evening at 6:30 p m.
In addition, Ashtavadhan poojas are performed on the Punyatithis of all the Gurus of our Holy Guruparampara.
To facilitate the recitation of all shlokas and stotras, a compilation named "Shrī Chitrāpur Stuti Manjari" was published by Bhavanishankar Adarsh Taru Saghatana, a voluntary organisation. This project was sponsored by Shrī Nalkur Shrīpad Rao of Mumbai.
The Chaturmasya period of two months is hectic with different kinds of spiritual activities. Starting with Vyasa Poornima or Guru Poornima, it spreads over three months - Ashad, Shravan and Bhadrapad. Devotees participate in a "parayana" of the Chitrāpur Guruparampara Charitra. Ashada Ekadashi, Upakarma, Nag Panchami, Gokulashtami, and Punyatithi of Poojya Anandashram Swamiji are some of the important events in this period.
Gokulashtami: Special bhajans (Mhanatis) are sung for 8 days culminating on the day of the "Gopal Kallo". Tiny tots dressed as Krishnas & Gopikas are a fitting finale to the hectic festive season.
Punyatithi of H H Anandashram Swamiji: This falls on Gowri Pooja day. It is observed with a group recitation of the entire Bhagwad Gita, spread over three days. On the second day, Bilvarchana is offered to the Holy Padukas. On the third and final day, we have Ashtavadhan Pooja followed by a unique event: On a chowrang, 30 lighted oil lamps are arranged in the shape of the letter "Aum"--- the Sound uttered thrice by Poojya Swamiji just before departing from the Mortal Body. With this Chowrang in the centre, and with all the electric lights switched off, a pin-drop silence is observed for five minutes-from 8:55 to 9:00 p m. This is something that should be experienced to be believed !
During these two months, apart from Poojas, there are Bhajans, Discourses and Kirtans by eminent Bhanaps as well as non-bhanaps. Chaturmasya culminates with the Gowri Ganesha festival followed by Bhadrapad Poornima Bhajans.
Pratishtha day of the statue of H H Anandashram Swamiji: A beautiful marble statue of Poojya Anandashram Swamiji was donated by Shrī Kallianpur Shivrao in 1967. The Pratishtha day is observed on Kartik Shukla Dashami every year with bhajans, pooja and prasad.
Geeta Jayanti is observed in December every year with the recitation of the entire Bhagwad Geeta and Bhagwad Geeta poojan.
Shrī Chitrāpur Bhajan Mandali: Started in 1982 by Mullerpatan Sharadapacchi in the form of Bhajan classes for Bhanap ladies, this group now not only sings in the Math, but is much sought after to perform elsewhere at religious functions. As early as 1977, this Bhajan Mandali led by Shardapacchi and Manjeshwar Umapacchi, learnt to recite the Ashtavadhan pooja under the guidance of Ved. Kandlur Anant Bhatji.
Samskrit and Bhagwad Geeta Adhyayan Kendra: Convened by Kulkarni Mangeshmam on a purely voluntary basis, the classes are held on weekends. The syllabus adopted for the exams is that of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
"Aksharam": a centre for Samskrut prachar conducted two conversational camps which were very well attended. At present regular classes for children are held in conversational Samskrut on every Sunday morning by Kum. Shobha Vasuki. Bhagwad Geeta classes are conducted regularly by Shrī H. R. Chandrashekhar.
Bal Vihar: Since 1994, Bal Vihar classes are being taken by Kum. Pooja Bedramane with the help of Smt. Usha Basrur and Smt. Uma Trasi.
Over the decades, besides the Pravachans and Ashirvachans of our own Swamijis, there have been inspiring discourses by other Mahatmas like (1) Swami Tejomayananda and Swami Brahmananda of Chinmaya Mission, (2) Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Chidroopananda Saraswati of Arshya Vidya Kendra, (3) Swami Aadidevanandaji, Swami Chidanandaji, Swami Harshanandaji and Swami Purushothamanandaji of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Bangalore, (4) Swami Ishwaranand Giriji of Samvit Sadhanayana, Mount Abu, (5) Swami Bodhanandaji, Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Jitatmananda.
Some prominent scholars who have lectured at our Math are: Shrī Anantanarayana, Prof. S. K. Ramachandra Rao, Devraya Kulkarni, Ved. Subbaraya Sharma, Matthur Krishnamurthy of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Dr. B. R. Sheshachar.
There has been no dearth of Bhanap speakers. K. Gurudutt, Sirur Prabhakar Rao, Savkur Shankar Shastry, Bondal Lakshman Rao, Narsing Rao, M. S. Kulkarni, Nagarkar Pandurang Rao, Nagarkar Narayan, Haldipur Bhaskar Rao, Marballi Venkat Rao, Ved. Baindur Gopalkrishna Bhat, Smt. Uma Manjeshwar, Smt. Malini Madiman, Kelkar Bhaskar, Pandit Babmam, Mavinkurve Prabhakar, A. V. Shankar Rao, Hattikudur Shiva Rao, Justice K. Narayan Rao, Basrur Ganesh, Manjeshwar Umanath and several others.
Hari Kirtans: The following people have performed Kirtans at the Math: Bhadragiri Achutdas, Kalyanpur Sanjeev Rao, Hosangdi Babu Rao, Kalyanpur Gajanan, Smt. Shaila Amembal, Smt. Ashwini Bhat from Mumbai and Suresh Bhat of Udupi.
Vimarsh: This activity was introduced by H H Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji in November 1998. Vimarsh helps us to understand ourselves better. It gives scope for introspection and self-expression, and helps Sadhakas in their Sadhana. Vimarsh is conducted on the first Saturday of every month by Smt. Udaya Mavinkurve and Shrī Dinkar Katre and is well attended.
In addition to all these activities, the Math premises are made available at a nominal rent for Upanayans, Satyanarayan Poojas, Vaikuntha Samaradhanas, and free of cost for Dharma Prachar activities.
Donations & Endowments:
The 'Deva Kood' has several articles donated by devotees. Shrī Dinkar Kalbag donated the Shivalinga Peetha with the Mukha of Gangadhara. Shrī Ramanand Nadkarni has donated silver Prabhavali, Kavacha along with silver pooja articles.
A marble idol of Lord Krishna was donated by Smt. Shantabai Basrur. This idol is kept in the Samadhi room and during Gokulashtami it is decorated in different costumes on each day.
Folding steel chairs have been donated by late Shrī Sadanand Moodbidri and new plastic ones by Dr. Murli Saletore. Shrī Mohan Hattikudur got the mosaic flooring done in the main Hall in memory of his departed wife, Smt. Padmini Hattikudur. The P A system has been donated by Smt. Malini Madiman & family, U P S system by Shrī Dayanand Basrur. Some of the Local Sabha members jointly provided the fans.
The Samadhi of our first Guru, H.H. Shrīmat Parijnanashram-I Swamiji is located here.
Gokarn is considered, as much a holy place –Teertha Kshetra - as Kashi is. Situated in coastal Karnataka, this ‘temple town’ has a lot of religious and mythological significance. Besides the branches of Kavle and Parthagaali Math, other well-known temples are found in Gokarn like the Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapathi, Tamra-Gauri, Venkataramana, Uma-Maheshwari, Varadraj, Bhadrakali, and many others. The Kotiteertha is a beautiful lake surrounded by temples, and a small platform in the centre.
About 400 years ago, Saraswat Brahmins who fled from the Gomantak to escape forcible conversions by the Portuguese and Christians, came down and settled in and around Gokarn. About 4 kms. north of Gokarn is Bankikodla, earlier known as the ‘Vilayat of Bhanaps’.
For us Chitrāpur Saraswats, Gokarn has a special significance, because it is here that our glorious Guru parampara began, almost 300 hundred years ago.
Kotiteertha was the site of penance performed by senior members of our community, for want of a ‘Guru’ to guide the community. How H.H. Adi Parijnanashram Swamiji arrived there, etc. is well known history, recorded elsewhere. Swamiji brought with Him in His ‘Jholi’ the beautiful idol of Lord Bhavanishankar, which has thence become the ‘Pradhan Araadhya Daivata’ of Chitrāpur Saraswats
As per the ancient lay-out, the main entrance to this temple-town was by the so-called ‘Bandi Keri’ (lane for carts), leading to the south-east corner of Kotiteertha. It is here that our Gokarn Math is situated, facing ‘Bandikeri’. The road leading to the main gate was first made in 1932 and renovated in 1998 to commemorate H.H. Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji’s visit.
The frequently used entrance to the Math from Kotiteertha side is actually the rear entrance.
Bhandikeri Math: The Gokarn Math, also known as the Bandikeri Math, is located a few metres away from Kotiteertha. It is said that originally, this was the Uma-Maheshwar Temple. It became a ‘Math’ after H.H. Adi Parijnanashram Swami made it His abode and later took Mahasamadhi there. The prabhavali of the Umamaheshwari idol has an inscription –Gersappe – leading to the belief that it has been brought to Gokarn from elsewhere. There is a narration that H.H.Krishnashram Swamij in His dream was told of this lying unattended in a forest in Gersappe, near Shimoga. He then went and brought it, to be installed at the Math.
The Uma-Maheshwari Shrīne stands at the centre of the quadrangle enclosed by the Chandrashalas of the presentMath. The Vigraha faces the direction of Kotiteertha, the Samadhi Shrīne faces the main gate Bandikeri side.
Major renovations to the Bandikeri Math and the consecration of the Hodi Samadhi took place in May 1928, under the direct supervision of H.H. Shrīmat Anandashram Swamiji.
Swamiji observed Chaturmas at Bandikeri in 1937 and 1954.
The Toggu Math: This lesser known place is of great historical significance. It is situated opposite the Patta Vinayak or Batta Ganapati temple, to the left, on the way from Kotiteertha to our present Math. It is believed that when our elders first met the Sage from Kashmir at Kotiteertha (1708), they welcomed Him as their God-sent Guru and took Him to the nearby shrine opposite the Ganapati temple. They made this the first holy Abode of their Adi Guru. It was subsequently known as ‘Toggu Math’, the ‘higher Math’ being the present Bandikeri Math which enshrines the sacred Adi Samadhi.
Toggu Math houses the Vigraha of Kashi-Vishweshwara.
H.H. Swamiji observed chaturmasya vratam at the Gokarn Math from July 5,2001 upto Sep. 2, 2001.
Projects carried out
Gokarn is situated 36 km from Kumta, and 25km from Ankola, off the National Highway 17.
Buses ply to and fro from Kumta every hour, the first at 7.00 a.m. and the last at 7.30 p.m.
The nearest Railway Station is Gokarna Road, 6 kms from the town, on the Konkan Railway Mumbai – Mangalore route.
At present, no guest house facilities are available at the Bhandikeri Math, but some accommodation can be made available in near by hotels or lodges. Arrangements for meals can be made if prior intimation is given.
11.00 a.m. Noon Pooja,
7.00 p.m. Deepa-namaskars,
8.00p.m. Night Pooja
:Vanabhojan on ‘Chaitra Krishna Trayodashi’ Punyatithi of H.H. Parijnanashram Swami – I, when idol of Lord Bhavanishanker is taken in a procession to Shrī Varadaraj Temple through the Bazaar Street.
The Samadhi of our Tenth Guru, H.H. Shrīmat Parijnanashram Swamiji III is located here
Swami Parijnanashram III was initiated into Sanyas at a grand ceremony at Shivaji park, Mumbai, on 1st March 1959 as the tenth in the lineage of the glorious Chitrāpur Guruparampara. On 12th October, 1967, Swamiji ascended the Peetha at an Ordination Ceremony at Shirali and became the tenth Mathadhipati of the Shrī Chitrāpur Math Samsthaan.
In addition to the traditional religious chores of the Chitrāpur Samsthaan, Swamiji with insight into things spiritual (Paramartha), and things mundane (Vyavahara), devoted attention to the social, economic, educational and other welfare needs of the Community.
To take care of the old and infirm members of the community one of the initial humanitarian projects which Swamiji undertook was the construction of a compact, cosy and cohesive habitation – ‘The Anandashraya’ at Chitrāpur, Shirali.
He established a deer park, and a bird sanctuary on the spacious grounds of the Govardhan hillock, a wireless centre, weather observatory, art gallery, and a pathological Laboratory at Panchavati. With His foresight, He took in hand the building of a ‘Commercial Complex’ on the vacant land around the Math in Bangalore, which has resulted in a continuous revenue for the Chitrāpur Math.
In 1973, He revived the glorious Chitrāpur Rathotsava, which had been discontinued from 1939 due to financial restraints.
He moved to Karla, near Mumbai, in the early eighties, and made it His Abode till His Mahasamadhi.
Swamiji’s keen desire to uplift the poor and needy continued with the formation of the Shree Trust, a charitable Organisation. Under it’s aegis, He founded the ‘Swami Parijnanashram Educational and Vocational Centre for the Handicapped’ at Bolinj, near Virar. The Institution is being run in collaboration with the Central Government and has five departments for the Deaf & Dumb, mentally retarded, orthopaedically handicapped, and blind, and caters to the educational needs of poor children, irrespective of caste and creed.
Swamiji inspired the devotees to establish another Trust at Karla, called the Shanti Sukhada, to serve the tribals and local inhabitants
The Karla Math started as an Ashram, built on a plot purchased for Swamiji. The love and respect He received from the members of the community was evident from the large number of visitors to the Ashram. He encouraged the youth to start the ‘Datta-Jayanti’ festival at Talmakiwadi, Mumbai. This tradition continues to date, and the Celebrations have been graced by His successor to the Chitrāpur Peetha, H.H. Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji, ever since he ascended the Peetha.
Swami Praijnanashram attained Mahasamadhi at Bangalore on 29th August 1991. The mortal remains were brought to Mumbai that evening by air, and placed at the Khar Math during the night for Darshan. The next morning they were taken to Karla and amidst recitations from the Upanishadhs, Shree Purushasuktas and Shree Rudrasuktas, Swamiji was given Samadhi, seated in the ‘Anushtaan’ position.
Swamiji’s earnest desire to have a Dhyan Mandir and instal Devi Durga Parmeshwari’s idol was fulfilled in February 1993. A beautiful Temple with a majestic Gopura, was built alongside the Ashram, housing the Samadhi. The idol of Godess Durga Parameshwari was led in a procession from the foot of the Ekvira Hill and piously installed at the temple in conjunction with a Shata Chandi Homa.
Linga Prathishtha was performed at the Samadhi at the same time. During excavation of the Samadhi, two marigolds (zendu) were found, fresh and fragrant at a depth of 3 to 4 feet! A little deeper, Swamiji’s mastak, and still below, His body, appeared intact. The exposed Mastak was thereafter kept for Darshan for the whole day. The Samadhi was refilled after the Linga Prathishta.
Road: The Samadhi Math at Karla is 100kms from Mumbai and 80 km from Pune on NH4 Mumbai-Pune section. It is seen as you pass the junction leading to the Karla caves. Most ST buses stop at the Junction
Rail: Nearest Station is Malavali railway station, if you wish to reach Karla by local train(shuttle) from Pune or Lonavala.
From Mumbai, all trains halt at Lonavala which is one station before Malavli.. Change over to a Pune-bound local (shuttle) at this station.
Autorickshaws are available at both Malavali and Lonavla railway stations.
Rooms at Arogyadham are available for short stay. Meals are arranged if advance intimation is given.
Mallapur (originally known as Mallinathpur) is in a valley with greenery all around. Visitors find solace in this sanctified quiet village.
Here is the samadhi of H.H. Shrī Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji II (fourth in the Guru Parampara). He belonged to the Shukla Bhat family of Mallapur. A Yogi of the highest order, during illness (Malaria) He could transfer the fever to the 'Danda' and perform His Anushthana. He is regarded as an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.
Daily Swamiji used to go for a walk to Hoovinhittal near Chandavar and sit there for long hours in meditation amidst a 'Mogre' flower garden. People used to wait on the road side for his darshan and blessings. He would point out his finger at any one bhanap who could then perform 'bhiksha sevaa' on that day. Swamiji preferred Pej and payas.
The special seva offered at the Samadhi here is 'Ksheeraanna Sewa". There is a story behind this. As Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji's health was not too good, he had been advised a diet of Pej (Ksheeraanna). It was the day of the Punyatithi of Parijnanashram Swamiji II (i.e. His Guru). Pej had not been prepared as per the instruction of Shishya Keshavashram Swamiji. So Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji was not served the routine diet of 'pej'.
When the cooks in the kitchen started frying ' vade ', they found to their dismay that all the vade would stick to the bottom of the frying pan and would not get fried! When some devotees gave the news to Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji, he exclaimed "as the jatharagni is intense here perhaps the vades are not frying"! (Implying that the fire in His stomach was intense). Everyone realized their folly. Hence 'Pejje Naivedya' is offered at this Jagrat Samadhi.
Earlier the samadhi was covered with a thatched roofing. It was Pandurangashram Swamiji who supervised the construction work of the Garbhagriha and chandrashala around it.
Electrical installation & 'Switching on' was done by H.H.Shrīmat Parijnanashram Swamiji on 5th june 1967. (Ref. Sunbeam, Sept 1967)
H. H. Shrīmath Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji observed the Chaturmasya Vrata here in 1999. The Math vaastu has been renovated extensively as a part of the Tercentenary capital projects. The Mantapam around the Samadhi can now serve as an appropriate place for large Sabhas. Elaborate kitchen with an attached dining area has also been made as a part of this renovation project.
On the Goa-Mangalore National High Way (N.H.17) turn to east at Kumta Gibb High School circle via Herwatta road. At Kujalli (8 k.m.) take a right turn to reach mallapur (1.5 k.m.)
|Nearest Railway station||KUMTA (Konkan Railway)|
|Nearest town||KUMTA (10 k.m.)|
Auto Rickshaws and taxis are available on hire at kumta. K.S.R.T.C. Bus timings from Kumta to Mallapur are 7.00, 9.00, 10.30, 12.00, 13.15, 15.00, 17.30 and 19.00
Bus route name is KUMTA-KONALLI
Accommodation : The Archak is kind enough to provide boarding and lodging.
Accomodation is also available at the Shrī Durga Datta Mandir and Avadi Math, adjacent to the Math.
Places of Interest :
Mallapur itself is a very beautiful village, quiet and serene. The atmosphere is peaceful and conducive to spiritual pursuits. There are three very important temples situated next to the GuruMath.
Shrī Ganapati temple
Originally this was Mallinatheshwar temple and this village was called Mallinathpur. This was an 'agrahara', a residential colony of brahmins. It is evident from a stone inscription at this temple that mallinathpur was given as a grant to 12 Brahmin families by one Basappa Nayak under the order of Harihara, the king of VijayNagar in 1304 Shalivahan Shaka. This temple was then dedicated to Mallinath (Shivalinga). Subsequently a Ganesh idol was found in Masur (near Kumta) and this idol was brought and installed in this temple. The year of the Pratishtha is not known. There is a reference that H. H. Keshavashram Swamiji's Shishya Sweekar ceremony took place in this temple.
The Sabha Mantap and Chandrashala were built in 1949. The temple structure needs uregent repairs. The Cost of this is expected to be arounf 2.5 lakhs. Donors are requested to come forward with a helping hand.
Avadi Math (GopalKrishna Temple)
Named after Avadibai (Laxmibai Narayan Ubhaya) disciple of Sri RamaVallabh Das, a Maharashtrian saint, who was a great Krishna Bhakta. Bhajans composed by Shrī RamaVallabh Das are known as 'Ashtami Mhanti' are sung here. In the temple have been installed the kaliamardan moorti presented to Avadibai by her Guru Sri ramaVallabh Das, a Kalasha representing Avadi Mata with a beautiful 'Mukha', and a hand raised in ;Abhaya Mudra' and a charming marble idol of Shrī Venugopal in standing posture.
Ubhayakars and Chandavarkars are the descendents of Avadibai and Diwan Narayanappa Nadkarni. He was honoured by Somshekar Nayak, ruler of the Keladi dynasty and made Narayanappa the administrator of two firkas (Chandavar & Gersoppa) and hence the family came to be known as 'Ubhayadavaru' and later Ubhayakars.
First Sthirpratishtha took place in 1842. The Temple faced the East. In 1942, a new garbhagriha facing north wa built by Shankar S. Chandavarkar.
Krishna Jayanti Utsav is celebrated from Shravan Bahula Pratipada to Trayodashi for the last 350 years.
A guesthouse with 8 rooms with all amenities is made available for the devotees.
Durga Datta Mandir
Shrī Durga Datta Mandir was founded by Shantappa Venkappa Nagarkatte (well known as Soiru Mhant) in 1910. Soiru Mhant while in prime youth and govt. service underwent rigorous saadhana in pursuit of Lord Dattatraya in Narsobawadi, Gokarna etc. He composed many abhags in Marathi in praise of Kuldevata Shantadurga and Dattatraya. The 'Sansara Yatra' written by him as well as other Abhangs, Bhoja stand preserved.
Soiru Mhant had 'devi darshan' at Sirsi Vithoba temple. Then onwards he could compose the bhajans continuously. These bhajans are sung during Navaratri and Datta Jayanti festivals.
The temple and guest house were constructed by late Shrī Sadanand B. Nagarkatte in 1980. The guesthouse has 5 rooms with all amenities.
Noon Pooja : 12.00 noon
Evening Pooja : 8.30 p.m.
Ganesh Chaturthi, Magha Chauthi at the MahaGanapati temple
Gokulashtami at the Avadi Math
Datta Jayanti and Navaratri at the Durga Datta Mandir
All Punyaytithis & vardhanti days are observed with Bhajans and Ashtavadhan Seva.
Ksheeraanna Seva is performed by a majority of the devotees.
Rudrabhisheka etc. can be performed as mentioned in Math Sevas under Chitrāpur math
The Samadhi of our sixth Guru, H.H. Shrīmat Vamanashram Swamiji is located here.
H. H. Shrīmat Vamanashram Swamiji was ordained as a Shishya by H. H. Shrīmath Keshavashram Swamiji in 1804. He had the good fortune of conducting His yogabhyas under the able guidance of His guru. In 1823, Shrīmath Vananashram Swamiji became the Mathadhipati after Keshavashram Swamiji attained mahasamadhi.
He reigned as the Mathadhipati from 1823 to 1839. Shrīmat Vamanshram Swamiji was an embodiment of compassion, forgiveness and austerity. With total involvement and concentration in spiritual affairs Swamiji gave little time to administrative matters concerning the math. He entrusted the administrative matters of the math entirely to the Manager.
Shrīmat Vamanashram Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi while on a visit to Mangalore and the holy samadhi was provided in Mangalore town with tender coconut water Abhishek. To this day devotees facing difficulties offer worship and tender coconut water Abhishek at the Samadhi and obtain redress.
In 1999 June, in view of the leak in the floor of the samadhi a complete repairs and reconstruction project was taken up. The floor was covered with polished granite and the walls covered with marble. The linga was re-installed over the Samadhi. A new silver mantap was installed, replacing the old one installed by Shrīmat Anandashram Swamiji over 75 years ago.
Events of historical significance -
Ordination of H.H. Shrīmat Pandurangashram Swamiji was done at Mangalore in 1858.
Jeernoddhara of Shrīmat Vamanashram Samadhi and installation of Lord Bhavani Shankar idol at Mangalore Math in 1868.
1869 One of the earliest Mahasabhas: promulgation of the historic ‘1st vantiga shasana of Shukla samvatsara’, placing the matter of vantiga on a ‘statutary’ footing.
The math underwent a transformation when it was renovated prior to H.H. Shrīmat Sadyojāt Swamiji's Chaturmas in 2002. H.H. Shrīmat Sadyojāt Shaṅkarāshram Swamiji conducted his Chaturmasa here from July 2002 to September 2002.
The math is located at the GANAPATHI TEMPLE ROAD in Mangalore town. The telephone no. is 0824-2427212
Mangalore is well-connected to all corners of the country by road. Apart from the State Transport buses a large number of luxury coaches are also available.
On the Konkan Railway line, the nearest railway stations are Kankanady or Mangalore Main. Autorickshaws, buses and other modes of road transport are available to reach the Math from either of the railway stations.
The nearest airport is Mangalore and regular flights are available.
There is a hall with fans in the Samadhi Math. A limited number of beds are available. Two bathrooms and two toilets are attached. The hall below and above can accommodate around 50 members. Stay is restricted to 5 days only.
On the road behind the Math there are hotels where good food is available.
Places of interest
The Math doors open at 6 a.m. with Nirmalya Visarjan
Midday Pooja and Abhisheka is at 12.30 noon. The doors close at 1.00 pm.
Doors re-open at 5.30 pm. DeepNamaskars are at 7.00 pm with Abhisheka and Arati at 8.00 pm. The doors again close at 8.30 pm.
Every Friday evening Lalitha SahasraNama with kumkumarchana to the Sri Chakra at the Samadhi is done regularly by the Mahilas.
Gowri Tritiya & Ganesh Chaturthi
Shrī Vamanashram Punyatithi & Karthik Deepotsava on Karthika Navami
All Punyaytithis & vardhanti days are observed with Bhajans and Ashtavadhan Sewa.
Tender Coconut (shiyala) abhishek is performed by majority of the devotees.
Rudrabhisheka etc. can be performed as mentioned in Math Seva rates.
Amgelo Mathu... just the two words make our hearts yearn for that serene abode of our Guru Parampara. The façade of the Math at Shirali has assumed iconic importance for all Chitrāpur Saraswats.
The current building of the Math was constructed during the times of Param Shrīmat Pandurangashram Swamiji. Aptly named as "Krishnashram Prasad" as a dedication to His Guru. The structure nearing a century was in need of repairs at many places and it was necessary to make way for new technology that will stand the test of times for another 100 years ahead. And what better occasion could there be than the Tercentenary year for completion of this entire project!
Keeping the interest of retaining original vaastu of Samadhi temples as untouched as possible, and in view of the sentiments attached to the façade, Param Poojya Swamiji set the task to the Architects that only exteriors of the Samadhis be touched with the view to make the structure stronger. Sthapatis- Architects specializing in design of Temples in accordance with Shastra were specially invited to contribute to this aspect.
Funds were raised by appealing to all Community members and people made commitments to contribute their best over a five-year period. Grace of Lord was evident as cash flow managed to keep pace with the expenditure. A total of Rs 451 million has been spent so far and some more amounts are yet to be spent.
As you enter the Math precincts now, the unchanged façade of the Math welcomes you. On your left is the new building of Office and Dhyan Mandir that came up in the year 2004. A new Vigraha of Lord Ramanjaneya gazes protectively at all those seeking entry into Math. This Vigraha was consecrated on 15th February 2008, along with the three new Shrīnes inside.
Kshetrapal- the Guardian Sentinel of our Vaastu, is located to your right, as you enter through the main gate. Kshetrapal sthan was earlier located inside the Math building, near the Maha Ganapati shrine and was consecrated at the relocated venue in 2007 April when the Inner renovation work of all Samadhi Shrīnes was completed.
As you enter the Main building, you find that the nagara and vajjap team is located in a cosy corner to your right in a more spacious and well-covered space. This team that religiously heralds each occasion, such as arrival of Param Poojya Swamiji into the Math, the Maha Aarati and also renders melodious music during Pooja and Ashtavadhan seva, is an important part of all functions as well as daily sevas.
When you cross the Main door, a large and a bright spacious hall greets you. The clean granite flooring, raised ceiling that brings in ample sunlight through skylight, large column that support the RCC ceiling, make it possible for more than 700 people to sit comfortably inside the temple to watch the proceedings. Chiming of an occasional bell marks the regular stream of devotees flocking for the Darshan and Dhool Bhet.
As you look straight ahead, the beautiful shrine of Lord Bhavanishankar greets you benignly. A new Nandi established in 2007, sits in alert position before His Master.
As you look to the left, you are greeted by the three new Shrīnes- Shrīvalli Bhuvaneshwari, Maha Ganapati and Adi Shankaracharya. The Vigraha of Shrīvalli Bhuvaneshwari captivates your attention and now it is common sight to see Sadhakas immersed in meditation in front of this shrine for most parts of the day. Newly composed Ashatak in Her stuti forms a prominent part of our recitation in the evening Pooja schedule.
A smiling Adi Shankara seated to Her right, benevolently goads the Sadhaka on the path of Rasamaya Sadhana. Mastering the knowledge of all four Vedas at a tender age of eight, He went on to rejuvenate Advait philosophy amidst an environment of doubt and disbelief 1200 years ago. A stuti consisting of seven stanzas extolling His achievements is now recited daily in the evening rituals. All the six Samadhis have a new appearance externally, with granite stone cladding on the walls and silver cladded doors, But the core remains untouched.
Guru Paduka Sannidhi- where Padukas of Param Poojya Shrīmat Parijnanashram Swamiji III were established ceremoniously at the culmination of the historic Guru Jyoti Yatra on 15th February 2008- marks the home coming of our Tenth Guruvarya to be seated in His rightful place in the resplendent Guru Parampara. Located to the left of the Sannidhi of Param Poojya Shrīmat Pandurangashram Swamiji, this shrine has, besides the Holy Paduka, a Shiva Linga- with Swarna Rekha, Shrī Yantra and Guru Jyoti- the lamp that was lit at the Sanjeevan Samadhi of Param Poojya Shrīmat Parijnanashram Swamiji at Karla, on 7th February 2008. Behind the Samadhi of Param Poojya Keshavashram Swamiji, is the new Yajnashala. Spacious and airy, it allows a large gathering to observe the proceedings without any hindrance. Behind the shrine of Lord Bhavanishankar is the place where all family deities that many of Saraswat Families have left under care and custody of the Math, are now housed. Neatly placed in well-demarcated containers, it is possible to view your respective Deity. A detailed chart placed at the door help you to identify all Deities by name of each family.
Parikrama of all shrines is easily possible in this vast expanse of inner precincts of the Math. With the consecration of the new shrines, the sequence of Dhool Bhet has changed appropriately, with the three new shrines taking prominent place in the sequence after Lord Bhavanishankar.
Teertha Baayeen- the well from which we draw water for all the sacred rituals, looks even more beautiful and safe with the new construction. As you traverse the inner Parikrama in the mornings, you can now hear the chants of Veda pathan coming from the new home for our Vaidik Pathshala located on the first floor above. This place also has ample accommodation for Vidyarthies. Annapoorna Hall- the new Bhojanshala that can feed more than 1200 people at a time, on two floors make it possible to handle large gatherings without any inconvenience. A large spacious kitchen to suit this new facility makes use of appropriate green technology of Gobar gas for cooking, reducing our dependence on LPG or wood significantly.
To the west of Annapoorna Hall is the new Goshala, (cow shed) which forms an integral part of following the Sanatana Dharma. Designed with modern approach facilitating healthy environment to the cattle, it is a matter of deep personal interest for Param Poojya Swamiji and His morning visits soon after Jalabhishek is an event that even the cows and calves eagerly look forward to. A recent addition to this family is Ram, the bull who had the proud privilege of carting the Holy Padukas and Guru Jyoti all the way from Bhandikeri Math at Gokarn, in February 2008.