Maţha

Maţha

A maţha (also written math, matha or mutt) is a term for monastic and similar religious establishments of the Hindu and Jain traditions. A maţha is usually more formal, hierarchical, and rule-based than an ashram.

Advaita maţhas:The oldest such institutions follow the Advaita tradition, where the head of a maţha is called a Shankaracharya, a title derived from Ādi Śankara. Hindu tradition states that he put in charge of the following mathas his four main disciples: Sureshwaracharya, Hastamalakacharya, Padmapadacharya, and Totakacharya respectively. The four Āmnāya maţhas founded by Adi Shankara, all of the Smarta tradition, are:
#Śringeri Śāradā Pīţham, at Sringeri, Karnataka
#Dwaraka Pītham, at Dwaraka, Gujarat
#Govardhana matha, at Puri, Orissa
#Jyotirmath, in Uttarakhand

In addition, these Advaita mathas also state they were founded by Adi Shankara:
#Ramachandrapura Math at Ramachandrapura, Hosanagara, Shimoga Dist., Karnataka (http://ramachandrapuramath.org/).
#Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, at Tamil Nadu Sarvajina Peetam

Other important maţhas of the Advaita tradition include the Kavale maţha and the [http://www.chitrapurmath.net Chitrapur Matha] (both associated with Saraswat Brahmins), the [http://www.hariharapura.org Hariharapura maţha] , the Jyotirmath, in Uttarakhandand etc.

VishishtAdvaita Mathas:

*Vanamamalai Mutt - Sri Vaishnava tradition of Ramanuja
*Andavan Ashramam - Sri Vaishnava tradition of Ramanuja
*Ahobila Matha - Sri Vaishnava tradition of Ramanuja
*Parakala matha - Sri Vaishnava tradition of Ramanuja
*Chinna jeeyar math - Sri Vaishnava tradition of Ramanuja

Dvaita Mathas:

* Sri Pejavara Matha
* Sri Palimaru Matha
* Sri Kaniyooru Matha
* Sri Adamaru Matha
* Sri Sodhe Matha
* Sri Shiroor Matha
* Sri Krishnapura Matha
* Sri Puthige Matha
* Sri Uttarādi Matha
* Sri Raghavendra Swami Matha
* Sri Sripadaraja Matha
* Sri Kundapura Vysaraja Matha
* Sri Subrahmanya Matha
* Sri Balagaru Matha
* Sri Kanva Matha
* Sri Sosale Vyasaraja Matha
* Sri Bheemanakatte Matha
* Sri Bhandarakeri Matha

Shakti Vishistadvaita(Veerashaiva) maţhas:
#Rambhapuri Peetha, at Balehonnur, Karnataka
#Ujjaini Peetha, at Ujjaini, Karnataka
#Shree Shaila Peetha, at Shree Shailam, Andhrapadesh
#Kedar Peetha, at Kedar, Uttarakhand
#Kashi Peetha at Varanasi,UttarPradesh
#Sri Siddaganga Matha at Tumkur,Karnataka

External links

* [http://www.puthigesree.org Sri Puthige Matha]
* [http://www.kaniyoorumatha.org Sri Kaniyooru Matha]
* [http://www.pejavara.org Sri Pejavara Adhokshaja Matha]
* [http://www.uttaradimath.org Uttaradi Matha]
* [http://www.srsmutt.org Sri Raghavendra Swami Matha]


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