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Shankaracharya Peeth - Shankaracharya Math List

This post gives the list and details of the four Shankaracharya Peeth established by Aadi Shankaracharya in the four cardinal directions.

Shankaracharya Peeth - Shankaracharya Math List

Adi Shankaracharya or Aadi Guru Shankaracharya is a saint, philosopher, and poet, who is credited with the revival of Hinduism. His legacy lives on in the form of the four Shankaracharya Peeth, also referred to as four Mathas of Shankaracharya. These Mathas in India were established by Adi Shankaracharya in the four cardinal directions. Each of the four mathas of Shankaracharya was assigned one of the Vedas to study and propagate. 4 Disciples Of Adi Shankaracharya, were given the responsibility of managing one of the four Mutts of Shankaracharya. Read on to know more about the Shankaracharya Math List, the Mathas in India established by Aadi Guru Shankaracharya, and other details.

Shankaracharya Peeth – Shankaracharya Math List 

Shankaracharya Peeth - Shankaracharya Math List 

Aadi Guru Shankaracharya during his short span of life on earth traveled across India. He wrote voluminous commentaries on ancient Indian texts including the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas, and the Upanishad. He composed numerous beautiful hymns for various Gods and Goddesses. He also established 4 Mathas in India, known as Amnayaya Peethams or Adi Shankaracharya Mathas. These were established with the objective of sustaining and also propagating Sanatana Dharma.

Shankaracharya Math List

  • Sharada Peetham, Karnataka – Yajur Veda
  • Govardhana Matha, Odisha – Rig Veda
  • Dwaraka Pitha, Gujarat – Sama Veda
  • Jyotir Math, Uttarakhand – Atharva Veda

Shankaracharya Peethas In India Map

Shankaracharya Peethas In India Map
Shankaracharya Peethas in India Map
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Shankaracharya Peeth – Four Major Mathas In India | Shankaracharya Math List 

Aadi Guru Shankaracharya
Aadi Guru Shankaracharya

The four ancient Shankaracharya Mutts established by Adi Shankaracharya himself are located in Sringeri in Karnataka, Dwarka in Gujarat, Puri in Odisha, and Joshimath near Badrinath in Uttarakhand. These 4 Mutts Of Shankaracharya are beacons that have kept the light of Advaita Vedanta and Sanatan Dharma glowing for many centuries. They continue to be shining lights of knowledge and spirituality for millions of Indians.
The four Mutts established by Shankaracharya, the Vedas assigned to each, and the place of these Mutts are shown in the table below.

Sr. No Direction Name of Mutt Location Veda Designated Disciple
1 South Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham Sringeri Yajurveda Sureshwara
2 East Purvamnaya Sri Govardhana Peetham Puri Rigveda Padmapada
3 West Sri Paschimamnaya Kalika Peetha Dwarka Samaveda Hastamalaka
4 North Uttarāmnāya Śrī Jyotir Pītham Badrinath Atharvaveda Totaka

Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Petham, Sringeri | Sringeri Math |  Shankaracharya Peeth In The South

Shankaracharya Peeth - Sri Sharada Petham, Sringeri
Shankaracharya Peeth – Sri Sharada Petham, Sringeri

The Sri Sharada Peetham is the first of the four Mutts of Shankaracharya that was established in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. The Sri Sharada Peetham is located in the beautiful and lush environs of Sringeri, a town that nestles in the midst of the verdant hills of the Sahayadri mountain ranges. Sringeri is located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka in India.

The Sringeri Mutt stands on the banks of the Tunga river. The first pontiff of the Sringeri peetham was one of Adi Shankaracharya’s most senior disciples, Sri Sureshvaracharya. Sri Sureshvaracharya was earlier known as Mandan Mishra and had been defeated by Adi Shankaracharya in a debate, following which, he had become Adi Shankaracharya’s disciple and trusted follower.

The current Shankaracharya of the Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri, is Sri Bharathi Tirtha Swami, who is the 36th Jagadguru of the math, in an unbroken line of succession, since the first Shankaracharya Sri Sureshvaracharya. The Sringeri Sarada Peetham is devoted to the study and dissemination of the Yajur Veda, and the study of the Mahavakya, “अहं ब्रह्मास्मि” (Aham Brahmasmi), which literally means, “I am Brahma”.

Pascimamnaya Sri Sarada Peetham, Dwarka | Kalika Math |Shankaracharya Peeth In The West

Dwarka Sarada Peetham
Shankaracharya Peeth – Sri Sarada Peetham, Dwarka

Dwarka, which is believed to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna is a sacred place for Hindus. It is home not only to the famous Dwarkadhish and Rukminidevi temple as well as the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga but also the location of the Pascimamnaya Sri Sarada Peetham. This matha is also known as Kalika Matha and is located within the Dwarakadhish temple, on the banks of the River Gomati.

The first Acharya of the Kalika Matha in Dwarka was another direct disciple of Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Hastamalakacharya. The current pontiff of the Pascimamnaya Sri Sarada Peetham in Dwarka is Shri Swaroopanand Saraswati. The Kalika Matha is devoted to the study of the Samveda and the study of the Mahavakya, “तत् त्वम् असि”(Tat Tvam Asi), which literally means, “Thou art That.”

Purvamnaya Sri Govardhana Peetham, Puri | Govardhan Math | Shankaracharya Peeth In The East

Shankaracharya Peeth - Sri Govardhana Peetham, Puri
Shankaracharya Peeth – Sri Govardhana Peetham, Puri

The historic and ancient city of Puri near Bhubaneshwar in Odisha is well known for its Jagannath temple and the historic Rath Yatra. Puri is also the location where Adi Shankaracharya set up one of his 4 Mathas In India. This Shankaracharya Peeth is also known as Govardhan Math. The Tirtha or water source associated with this Peetham is Mahadodhi or the sea in the form of the Bay of Bengal.

The first Acharya of the Sri Govardhan Math was Sri Padmapadacharya, another direct disciple of Aadi Shankaracharya. The current Shankaracharya of Puri is Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati. The Govardhan Matha is engaged in the study and dissemination of the oldest of the Vedas. the Rigveda. The Mahavakya that has been assigned to the Matha by Adi Shankaracharya is, “प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्म,”(prajñānam Brahma), which literally means, “Insight is Brahma.”

Uttaramnaya Sri Jyotir Peetham | Jyotir Math | Shankaracharya Peeth In The North

Shankaracharya Peeth –Sri Jyotir Peetham
Shankaracharya Peeth – Sri Jyotir Peetham

The Shankaracharya Peeth located on the northern cardinal point of India is the Jyotir Math, located in the picturesque locale of Joshimath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India. Joshimath is about 254 kilometers from Rishikesh and 46 kilometers from Badrinath. The Peetham is known as Jyotir Math and is located near the River Alaknanda.

The first Acharya of the Jyotir Math was another disciple of Aadi Shankaracharya, Totakacharya. Currently, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati of the Kalika Math in Dwarka presides over the affairs of the Jyotir Math as a caretaker. The post of the Pontiff is currently vacant and disputed.

The Jyotir Math is focused on the study of the Atharva Veda and the Mahavakya associated with this Matha is, “अयम् आत्मा ब्रह्म”(Ayam Ātmā Brahma), which literally means, “The Self is Brahma.”

We hope you liked this post about the four Amnaya Peethams established in the four cardinal directions by Adi Shankaracharya. We end with a quote from Adi Shankaracharya.

“Like the appearance of silver in mother of pearl, the world seems real until the Self, the underlying reality, is realized.” Adi Shankaracharya

 

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18 thoughts on “Shankaracharya Peeth – Shankaracharya Math List | 4 Mutts”

  1. I love that quote about the world seeming real until we realize that Self really calls the shots for Love, One-ness and Harmony. We are all connected in God. Fear is illusion. Love is the only Reality. What a beautiful time we live in now for much fear-clearing is unfolding, unwinding humanity from deluded, insane beliefs fostered in the world….but not of the world.

    Ryan

  2. A very detailed account of the shankaracharya mutts.
    It will serve as a good guide for all those who are spiritually inclined towards his teachings.

  3. I had read a bit on Adi Shankracharya but wasn’t knowing in so much detail. You hav elaborated so well especially about the 4 Mutts. Very informative piece.

  4. Wow I did not know there was a mutt in Sringeri as well. I have never visited any of these mutts and I knew very little about Shankaracharya. Thanks for this post, I know more about it now.

  5. Sudhir Kumar Behera

    A good and spiritual point of view i appreciated your kind effort to published such a great thing so thanks a lot.
    But I want to point out one thing is that in the detailed list given in your designated disciple list in top of this article is
    in 2nd row you have mentioned as 2 East Purvamnaya Sri Govardhana Peetham Puri Rigveda Hastamalaka
    but you have written as The first Acharya of the Kalika Matha in Dwarka was another direct disciple of Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Hastamalakacharya.
    so please mentioned the write thing.
    as per my opinion it is contradicted.
    with regards
    sudhir

    1. Thank you so much for reading the post in detail and pointing this out. The error has been rectified. Appreciate your feedback, it helps in improving the quality and veracity of our content.

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