Udupi is one of the most revered pilgrimage centers in Karnataka in India and is known for its association with Jagadguru Shree Madhwaachaarya (1238-1317) the founder of The Dvaita School of Vedaanta. The Achaarya installed a 5000 years old deity of Lord Shree Krishna in Udupi, which is considered as one of the holiest idols in India. One of the most valuable gems bequeathed by Achaarya Shree Madhwa to humanity is the fold of disciples that he left behind to propagate his teachings. As a present successor of this great lineage, His Holiness is rendering his great services to the mankind in the educational, social as well as spiritual fields by leading many educational, social and religious institutions with publication centers.
Convergence of values of spiritual, political and economic is the foundation for peace and prosperity of human kind. We can trace the present unrest in humanity to the divergence or deterioration in convergence of these values. It is the duty of leaders of various fields to continuously strive for the convergence of these values. India has to take lead in spreading this message across the world as this truth was realized centuries ago. India's present prosperity has origin to the convergence these values.
The passage of time has wrought quite a few changes in the life of man during the last 800 years after Shri Madhwacharya vanished from this earth. But his light has been continuing to illuminate the world through his celestial disciples whose names are quite a few. No one imagined that a small lad of twelve years, the son of a very pious couple Govindacharya and Kamalamma, living in a humble dwelling . in a small village called Maniyur, would adorn this august pedestal of Madhwa lineage headed by godly Saint Upendra Teertha and adorned by great names like shatayushi Sudheendra Teertharu. It was the will of God, that this promising Lad should be initiated into Sanyasa by Shri Sugnanendra teertharu and was made the head of Madhwa Peetha called Puttige Matha in the year 1974. He is none other than His Holiness Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, the present seer, the 30th pontiff in the lineage of Shri Puttige Matha. The present Swamiji assumed the life of ascetic at the tender age of twelve and has traveled from his humble beginning, all the way to global lime light in his illustrious career of spirituality and philanthropy spanning the last four decades.