Just days after the celebration of the birthday of Raghavendra Swamy or Rayaru as he is affectionately called, the Mantralaya Raghavendra Swamy Matha witnessed a change of guard, albeit in a smooth manner.
The Mantralaya Matha said “the administrative responsibilities and rights pertaining to the Matha branches, Kalyana Mantapas, Vidyapeetas and educational institutions of Jagadguru Sriman Madhvacharya Moola Maha Samsthana Shri Raghavendra Swami Matha Mantralaya has been formally conferred by the current Peetadhipathi His Holiness 108 Shri Suyateendra Theertha Shripaadangalavaru upon his successor His Holiness Shri Subhudendra Theertha Shripaadangalavaru on 10.03.2014”.
It said Sri Swamiji (Suyateendra Theertha) has taken this decision to make himself enabled to involve into further Japa and Tapa”.
Following the event, “S.N. Suyameendra Acharya the Additional Aptakaryadarshi of Sri Ubhaya Sripadangalavaru, made an appeal to all the disciples of Shri Matha, devotees of Shri Gururajaru and well wishers of Shri Matha to hereby extend the same amount of reverence and cooperation hitherto showered upon the senior Shripaadangalavaru, now upon his successor for the prosperity and well being of Shri Matha”.
What this communication from the matha means is that the junior swamy or Subhudendra Theertha would now take up more responsibilities of the matha and run its vast network.
It was in May 2013 that Suyateendra Teertha Swamy had declared the then mutt’s Dewan, Raja S Pavamanachar, as his successor. After he took deeksha, Pavamanachar was given the name Sri Subhudheendra Teertha.
The Sanyasa deeksha to Pavamanachar was given at the Sannidhi of Dheerendra Teertha (1785-?), one of the most illustrious pontiffs of the Mantralaya Matha, at Hosaritti in Haveri district.
Coming back to Suyateendra Theertha, he took over as the senior pontiff of the matha in April 2009 after the demise of the then reigning peethadhipati of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha, Sushameendra Theertha (1985-2009).
Suyateendra Theertha is the fifth son of Ananthacharya and Yamunabai of Alur in Mundargi taluk of Gadag district. A science graduate with a B.Ed and AMIE, he served as principal of the Bharatiya Samskrit Vidya Peetha, Bangalore, for 32 years.