Guru Parampara ( Pontifical Lineage) of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi.

Guru Parampara (Pontifical Lineage) of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi has a history of nearly half a millennium dating back to 1542 when the first among the Guru Parampara named H H Yadavendra Tirtha was initiated in to Sanyasa ( Asceicism) by H H Shrimad Vijayeendra Tirtha Swami, disciple of H H Shrimad Surendra Tirtha Swami of Kukbhakonam Math. After H H Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha Swami there had been twenty Swamis who had assumed the seat of Mathadhipati ( Pontifical Head) at different times to guide their followers on righteous path from time -to-time. The last such Mathadhipati in the lineage is H H Shrimad Samyamindra Tirtha Swami, the present and 16th Mathadhipati of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan Varanasi. Certain important particulars of 21 Swamis in the lineage culled from available records is given in the order of Guru Parampara.

Year of Birth and place: He was believed to be born between 1525 to 1535.
The place of birth was believed to be Kochi in Kerala State, India.
Purvashram Name: Shri Hanumanth Bhat. ( Name prior to initiation into Sanyasa or Asectic life)
Year of Deeksha: 1542 at Varanasi ( Benaras), Uttar Pradesh State, India
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Vijayeendra Tirtha Swami, disciple of Surendra Tirtha Swami of Kumbhakonam Math, Tamil Nadu, India.
Date of attaining Mukti: Wednesday, the 22nd June, 1608.
Place of Vrindavan: Bhatkal, North Kanara ( Uttara Kannada) Dist., Karnataka State,India

Year of Birth: 1583
Purvashram Name: Shri Rama Bhat, son of Shri Narayan Bhat ( Name prior to initia tion into Sanyasa or Asectic life)
Year of ascending Guru Peetha: 1608
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: Sunday, the 27th February, 1670. ( Deliverence)
Place of Vrindavan: Shree Kashi Math Samsthan premises ( Sacred burial place in Basrur, North Kanara Dist.,with a memorial on it) Karnataka, India.
Note:- Shrimad Keshavendra Tirtha Swami had 2 shishyas(disciples) viz Shrimad Upendra Tirtha, and Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha (II) both of whom had been allotted one plot each adjacent to each other in Shree Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi.

Purvashram Name: Shri Anantha Bhat, son of Shri Soir Bhat
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Keshavendra Tirtha Swami
Date of attaining Mukti: Saturday, the 24th October, 1674.
Swami attained Jala Samadhi ie attaining Mukti inside the waters of River Ganga( Ganges) in Kashi ( Benaras), Uttar Pradesh State, India.
Place of Vrindavan: As per the practice followed, a Vrindavan ( a burial memorial) was not constructed as in other cases. The mortal remains of Swami were placed in a box made up with stone slabs and immersed into the holy river Ganga. No vrindavan was built but an idol of Lord Mukhyaprana was installed and worshipped.

Year of Birth: 1629
Not much is known about this Swami. Much of his life he stayed at Shree Kashi Math, Varanasi. His Guru ( Preceptor) was Shrimad Keshavendra Tirtha Swami as the latter had initiated 2 vatus ( disciples) into Sanyasa ie Shrimad Upendra Tirtha and Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha ( II)
Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha ( II) did not initiate anybody into Sanyasa. However, Shrimad Upendra Tirtha Swami, the Third Mathadhipati had initiated Shrimad Raghavendra Tirtha.
Date of attaining Mukti: Saturday, the 15th September, 1711.
Place of Vrindavan: In the later years of his life Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha Swami (II) moved to Hemmadi in North Kanara Dist. In Karnataka and attained his Mukti there.

Year of Birth and place: Born in 1646 at Tripunithura, Kerala State,India.
Purvashram Name: Shri Narayan Bhat, son of Shri Kishan Bhat
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Upendra Tirtha Swami, the third Mathadhipati.
Date of attaining Mukti: 15th February, 1725.
Place of Vrindavan: As he attained Mukti in Varanasi ( Benaras), like his Preceptor Shrimad Upendra Tirtha,no Vrindavan was erected and only an idol of Shree Mukhyaprana ( Lord Hanuman) had been installed in the Math ( Shree Kashi Math, Varanasi).

Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Raghavendra Tirtha Swami.
Place of Vrindavan: In Shree Kashi Math Samsthan premises in Bantval, Mangalore Dist., Karnataka State India.

Place of Birth: He was born in Kochin, Kerala State, India.
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Devendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: He attained Jeevant Samadhi (breathing his last while in deep meditation) ie having premonition of one’s end from this physical world and go to deep meditation and in that state of peace,tranquility, not being conscious of his physical existence, one breathes his last. He attained Mukti on Tuesday, the first August 1775.
Place of Vrindavan: Walkeshwar Sri Kashi Math premises in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Madhavendra Tirtha Swami.
Place of Vrindavan: At Nashik, on the banks of river Godavari,Maharashtra State, India. As per the prevailing tradition, there is no Vrindavan.However, on establishment of Kashi Math in Nashik in 1994, an idol of Shri Mukhyaprana was installed in that Math premises.

Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Madhavendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: Wednesday 10th March, 1773
Place of Vrindavan: Honavar in North Kanara (Uttara Kannada) Dist, Karnataka, India.
Note:
As Shrimad Jnanendra Tirtha, the Eighth Swami predeceased his Guru Shrimad Madhavendra Tirtha, the latter had initiated another vatu (young disciple) into Sanyasa and named him Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha ( III). However since Shrimad Yadavendra Tirtha also predeceased his Guru Shrimad Madhavendra Tirtha by 2 years, the latter had to initiate another ( third) disciple and named him Shrimad Upendra Tirtha (II).

Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Madhavendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: Friday, 2nd December,1791
Place of Vrindavan: Varanasi (Benaras), Uttar Pradesh, India.

Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Upendra Tirtha Swami( II).
Date of attaining Mukti: Tuesday, 30th May, 1799.
Place of Vrindavan: In Shree Narasimha Temple in Turavoor (Travancore) Kerala State, India.
Note:
He had initiated two disciples viz 1. Shrmad Sureendra Tirtha and Shrimad Vishnu Tirtha.

Date of Birth and place: He was born on Sunday.4th January 1778 at Kayamkulam, Kerala State, India.
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Rajendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: Friday, 16th June, 1831.
Place of Vrindavan: In Shree Venkatapati Temple in Alleppy, Kerala State.

Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Rajendra Tirtha Swami.
Place of Vrindavan: Attained Jala Samadhi ( breathing one’s last inside water) in Varanasi ( Benaras) Uttar Pradesh State, India. Accoding to another source, he attained Jala Samadhi at Shree Kashi Math Prayag ( Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh.

Date of Birth: Born on Thursday, 21st March 1782.
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Sureendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: On Thursday,27th February 1834.
Place of Vrindavan: In Shree Kashi Math premises in Manjeshwar, Kerala State, India.
Note:
Swami had initiated a disciple on 15th March 1815 and named him Shrimad Sumateendra Tirtha. In 1834 when Guru ( Shrimad Vibhutendra Tirtha Swami) was camping in Manjeshwar, Sishya ( disciple) Swami ie Shrimad Sumateendra Tirtha was camping in Kochi, Kerala. A situation arose that Guru Swami sensed that his end was approaching very fast and he called for the Shishya Swami to be with Guru but unfortunately because of long distance involved and also for non-availability of quick transport facilities Shishya Swami could not reach Manjeshwar immediately. Hence Guru Swami had to initiate one Shri Abbayya Bhat, a scholarly Vaidik in Guru Swami’s parivar ( people staying and moving with Swami helping and facilitating Swami in his Pooja and other daily routine) staff and named him Shrimad Vasudendra Tirtha Swami and handed over the charge for continuity of Trikal pujas and other daily rituals of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan deities, before attaining Mukti in Manjeshwar.

Date of Birth: On Monday, 29th October 1798
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Vibhudendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: Friday, 31st January, 1851.
Place of Vrindavan: In old Venkatapathy Temple Alleppy,Kerala, India.

Date of attaining Mukti: Monday, 16th May 1859.
Place of Vrindavan: In Kashi Math premises in Manjeshwar,Kerala. His Vrindavan is by the side of the Vrindavan of his Guru Shrimad Vibhudendra Tirtha Swami.
Note:
Shrimad Vasudendra Tirtha was the junior disciple initiated by Shri Vibhudendra Tirtha Swami, the fourteenth Mathadhipati ( Pontificial head) under emergency situation arising out of necessity to continue the pujas and other rituals of Kashi Math Samsthan deities as Guru Swami sensed that his end was very near and elder disciple Shrimad Sumateendra Tirtha Swami was not near him and could not reach him soon as he was camping far away in Kochi. After Guru Swami Shrimad Vibhudendra Tirtha attained Mukti in 1834, in the normal course the elder disciple Shrimad Sumateendra Swami became Peethadhipati ( Pontifical Head) which was contested by the junior disciple Shrimad Vasudendra Tirtha Swami in the court. In the meantime the elder disciple Shrimad Sumateendra Tirtha selected Narashima Kamath from Palliport near Kochi, Kerala, India and initiated him into Sanyasa at a young age and accepted him as Shishya and named him Shrimad Bhuvanendra Tirtha. He was a minor at that time. It was just before Shrimad Vasudendra Tirtha was to get a decree enforced in his favour which might have led to division of Math into two Mathas, Shrimad Sumateendra Tirtha attained Mukti in Alleppe, Kerala India. At that time as Shrimad Bhuvanendra Tirtha requested Shrimad Vasudendra Tirtha to be his guardian which the latter accepted, thereby avoiding probable division of the Math. In view of these unexpected and sudden developments Shrimad Vasudendra Tirtha did not initiate anybody into Sanyasa and accepted Shrimad Bhuvanendra Tirtha as his Shishya before Shri Vasudendra Tirtha attained Mukti

Date of Birth and place: Born on 21st June 1837 in Palliport near Kochi, Kerala, India.
Purvashram Name: Shri Narasimha Kamath
Date of Deeksha: In 1849 at the Tirumala Devaswom and Place, Sanyas Sweekar in Alleppe in Kerala.
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Sumateendra Tirtha Swami and after his Mukti in 1851 Shrimad Vasudendra Tirtha was the Guardian Guru of Shrimad Bhuvanendra Tirtha who was a minor at the Time of Mukti of his first Guru Shrimad Sumateendra Tirtha.
Date of attaining Mukti: On Friday, 26th November, 1886.
Place of Vrindavan: At Basrur North Kanara Dist, Karnataka State, India, facing the Vrindavan of Second Mathadhipati Shrimad Keshavendra Tirtha Swami.

Date of Birth and place: He was Born in 1866 in Andikadavu Kochi, Kerala, India.
Purvashram Name: Shri Giri Mallya.He was initiated into Sanyasa at an young age of 10 years by Shrimad Bhuvanendra Tirtha Swami on Tuesday, 6th June 1876 at Manjeshwar, Kerala State, India.
Date of ascending Guru Peetha: On attainment of Mukti by his Guru, Shrimad Bhuvanendra Tirtha in 1886 Shrimad Varadendra Tirtha became Mathadhipati ( Pontifical head) in 1886 when he was just 20 years of age.
Date of attaining Mukti: On Wednesday, 24th June, 1914 at Walkeshwar Mumbai, India.
Place of Vrindavan: In Walkeshwar Sri Kashi Math premises by the side of the Vrindavan of Shrimad Madhavendra Tirtha Swami, Seventh Mathadhipati who attained Jeevant Samadhi ( breathing the last while being in deep meditation)

Date of Birth and place: Born on Friday, 26th March 1897 in Kochi, Kerala, India.
Purvashram Name: Shri Srinivasa Prabhu, son of Shri Subba Prabhu and Smt. Kaveri Prabhu.
Sanyas Sweekar : He was initiated into Sanyasa by his Guru Shrimad Varadendra Tirtha on 31st August 1912 at Trichy and was named Shrimad Sukratindra Tirtha at the age of 15 years.
Date of ascending Guru Peetha: On Monday, 6th July 1914 when he Was just 17 years.
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Varadendra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: On Sunday, 10th July, 1949 at 11.45 p.m.
Place of Vrindavan: In the Temple of Lord Venkatesha (Tirumala Devoswam) at Cochin, Kerala State, India.

Date of Birth and place: Born on 31st March 1926 in Ernakulam, Kerala, India.
Purvashram Name: Shri Sadashiv Shenoy, son of Shri Ramdasa Shenoy.
Date of Deeksha: On 24th May 1944 at Mulky, earstwhile south Kanara Dist. of Karnataka, India.
In Shree Venkataramana Temple Mulki, by his Guru Shrimad Sukratindra Tirtha Swami who named him as Shrimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swami.
Date of ascending Guru Peetha: On 10th July 1949.
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Sukratindra Tirtha Swami.
Date of attaining Mukti: On Sunday, 17th January,2016 at Haridwar Uttarakhand State, India.
Place of Vrindavan: At Shree Vyasashram in Shree Kashi Math Haridwar.

He is the present head of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan and the 21st in Guru Parampara ( Pontifical Lineage).
Date of Birth and place: Born on Sunday, 12th September 1982 at North, Parur, Kerala State, India.
Purvashram Name: Shri Umesh Mallan, son of Shri Surendra Mallan.
Date of Deeksha: On Thursday, 20st June 2002 at Haridwar, Uttarakhand state India.
Date of ascending Guru Peetha: 28 January 2016
Guru ( Preceptor): Shrimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swami.
He is touring places at the invitation of followers of Samsthan and devotees and is having camps and Chaturmasa vrita ( a ritual where a Swami stays at a particular place continuously for two to four months during rainy season performing Trikala Pooja ( worship for 3 times everyday) and other religious functions and having religious discourses and guiding the followers on righteous path.)



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