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Idols of Madhvacharya

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Sri Madhvacharya, during his manifestation on earth, made and worshiped several idols of Lord Vishnu. He later distributed these to his Shishyas and in turn, they continue to be worshiped by the various mathas that the students formed. The following is a list of the Shishyas, the mathas they established and the idol they received from Srimadacharya.

  • Sri Hrishikesha Tirtha – Palimaru Matha – Sri Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana
  • Sri Narasimha Tirtha – Adamaru Matha – Sri Kaliyamardana Krishna (with four arms)
  • Sri Janardana Tirtha – Krishnapura Matha – Sri Kaliyamardana Krishna (with two arms)
  • Sri Upendra Tirtha – Puttige Matha – Sri Vittala
  • Sri Vamana Tirtha – Shirooru Matha – Sri Vittala
  • Sri Vishnu Tirtha – Sode Matha – Sri Bhuvaraha
  • Sri Ramachandra Tirtha – Kaniyooru Matha – Sri Narasimha
  • Sri Adhokshaja Tirtha – Pejavara Matha – Sri Vittala
  • Sri Padmanabha Tirtha – Uttaradi Matha – Sri Rama

Written by Hariprasad

July 4, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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  1. one small correction Sri Padmanabha tirtha parampara continues as Vyasaraja mutt and Raghavendra mutt..
    other wing is calles as sripadaraja mutt.
    Raghavendra Mutt has the Idol of moola rama obtained by Sri narahari teertharu when he became the king of orissa province. This was worshiped by Sri Madacharya and came to raghavendra mutt.
    uttaradi matha is just a branch from the main stream.
    for details refer satyameva jayate by Dr. BNK Sharma


    August 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    • u r wrong!! padmanabha tirtha naraharitirtha akshobya tirtha belong to all mathas now pls correct it


      March 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    • Are you joking?. I am sure you very well know from the bottom of your heart that the moola rama idol is with the Uttaradi math. Secondly, the raghavendra swamy math is branch of the Uttaradi math. This is a well known fact in madhwa community. Please improve your knowledge


      August 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

  2. its pretty kiddish to deny the whole originality of the whole ShriMadUttaradiMatha…
    It is as the others are the original matha…
    Lets get blessed by our ancestors and the mahanubhavas rather than denying the others and their originality…
    I still remember the story of those shishyas who fought and were cursed by Shri Varadeendrateertharu
    ( Pune)and Shri SatyaBodhateertharu( Savanur,karnataka) for the sake of the so called originality of their mathas…and lost their lives.
    The Madhwas atleast now leave all these internal discripancy rather than the disciplines.
    Kindly excuse me if you feel Rough…
    Shri ManMadhwaantargataShri Krishnaarpanamastu


    September 9, 2008 at 8:23 pm

  3. Dear Jayateerth,

    I am not sure how my post or the comment by Sri Srinivas questions the “originality” of the Uttaradi Matha. The post gave a list of the shishyas of Sri Madhva, the names that their parampara is called by today and the idols that were given to them.

    It is a well established fact that in the parampara of Sri Padmanabha Tirtha, several branches have taken place. No part of the article or comment raises any opinion about the superiority, originality or authenticity of the mathas.

    Rest assured, I will not let my blog be a battleground for narrow opinions on things that do not matter.

    Please clarify on how you feel the originality of the Uttaradi matha was questioned. I would earnestly make corrections to rectify the page if there are sections which can lead to such inferences.

    Regards, Hari


    September 10, 2008 at 10:06 am

  4. One of the priests in Mantralayam told me that there are three Rama idols – Moolarama, Digvijaya Rama and Jaya Rama. Would like to know more details of these.


    October 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    • all murthys lord madhvacharya created only .moola rama-raghavendra math,digvijaya rama-uttaradhi math,jayarama-palimaru math!!


      March 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  5. Namaskara Sri Raghu,

    This I don’t have any information on. I know a little about Moolarama Vigraha.

    Will try to find out more….

    Regards, Hari


    October 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm

  6. Hi Raghu

    You are indeed correct Raghavendra Swamy Mutt has 3 idols of Rama

    Moola Rama Devaru – Brahma Devara Kararchita
    DigVijay Rama Devaru – Madhavacharyara Kararchita
    Jaya Rama Devaru – Jayatheerthara Kararchita


    October 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

    • mr kaushik please check if srimad acharya ever worshipped a sliver idol? please check and then reply.



      September 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      • No it is made up by SILVER only . Now also we can see this in SRS matha’s Samsthana pooja daily .
        FOR MORE INFORMATION REFER : Shree VADISIMHA Shree 1008 VADEENDRA TEERTHARA ” ARCHAGATI KRAMA” AND “SHRI MULA RAMASTU MANMATHE “. I these books SRS matha has proved Mula rama and digvijaya rama belongs to SRS mutt only WITH MANY DOCUMENTS, HISTORICAL PROOFS . In this book the pictures of that old proffs , Hand writings are given please read that book.
        Idol of shri jayarama devaru is the original because when Shri Ramachandra teertharu sent Shri Vibudendraru to northern states for Digvijaya he left with Shri Digvijaya Rama and Jayarama idols . Here a toulava yati called shri Vidyanidhi teertha took shri moola rama idol after the NIRYANA of Shri Ramachandra teertha .

        Madhwachrya Joshi

        December 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

  7. Namaskara Kaushik
    Thanks for the info on the idols. Do you have any additional info on Digviayarama and Jayarama – in terms of origin and how they reached Shri Raghavendra swamy matha? I guess most people know about the origin of Shri Moolarama devaru and I think there is some text about that on srsmutt.org website itself.


    October 10, 2008 at 10:02 am

  8. Namaskara Raghu,

    I am trying to gather information regarding DIGVIJAYARAMADEVARU and JAYARAMADEVARU will post you once i have sufficient information.

    Here is some info i know.

    DIGVIJAYRAMADEVARU – Mahvacharyaru created or got it created. The base of this idol(Peeta) has DASHAVATARA (The ten incarnation of VISHNU) and there are two SUDARSHANAS, one on the head and one on the leg of the idol.

    JAYARAMADEVARU – Jayatheertharu created or got it created.


    October 10, 2008 at 11:07 am

  9. when Padmanabha teertharu handed over the peetha to narahari teertharu the mutt was not known as uttaradi mutt. uttaradi mutt came to existence after sri ramachandra teertharu. the original parampara after ramachanadra teertharu was continued by sri vibhudendra teertharu whic is now known as sri ragavendra mutt.

    Dr. Shreenivas R. Deshpande

    June 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

  10. With regard to moola vigrahas worshipped by Sri Madhwacharya. The authentic book about this is Sri Vadeendratheertha virachita “Archa gathi krama”. Sri Vadeendra, whose brindavana is next to Sri Rayara Brindawana, is a aproksha gnani. Those are confused may refer this little book of historical value.


    July 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

  11. Please provide me the details of the book Archa gathi krama with translation if available..


    July 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  12. ellarigu namaskara, their is a dispute between srs mutt and uttaradi mutt….. on the real existence of moola rama with their respective mutts… lets not worry abt that cause great pontiffs like Rayaru and Raghoothamaru ve worshipped the respective idols in their respective mutts,…. sir, pls give me more info abt all the mutts….. waiting for ur reply Aniruddha

    Aniruddh (@Aniruddh33)

    November 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

  13. There is no doubt that the MOOLA RAMA PRATIMA (brahma kararchita) is daily getting pooja in shree manmadhwacharya moola maha samsthana shree Raghavendra swany math . Present parama hamsa peethadhipati Shri1008 Shri Suyateendra teertha doing Shri MOOLA RAMA’s pooja everyday. The characteristics of MOOLA RAMA as mentioned in VASISTHA RAMAYANA suits to the shri raghavendra swamy mutt’s MOOLA RAMA idol.
    But UM’s MOOLA RAMA pratima has some changes. But finally we can say that both UM and SRS mathas gave many contribution to MADHWA PHILOSOPHY. Many YATIVARYA’s like Shri Shri Vibudendra , Jitamitra , Raghunandana , Surendra ,Vijayeendra , Sudheendra , Raghavendra ,Sumateendra , Vadeendra and many from Rayar Math . And Raghunatha , Raghuttama ,Vidyadheesha , Satyabodha , Satyasandha , Satyasantushta and many from Uttaradi mutt .

    Note : Shree Padmanabha teertharu belongs to all mathas of above gatta . He is belongs to Shri rayar matha , Uttaradi mutt , Shri kudli matha , Vyasaraja matha and many more. Main stream took many curves many times .

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SHRI MULA RAMA PRATIMA REFER :- Shree 1008 Vadeendra teertha’s “Archgati krama ” , And ” Shreeman mula ramastu manmathe ” And great historian Dr.B.N.K.Sharma’s “Satyameva Jayate ” .

    By this we can conclude that which is original idol. But we should respect both the matha’s. We should make PRACHARA KARYA of MADHWA SIDDHANTA.

    Madhwachrya Joshi

    December 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

  14. There is a line called “sarva lakshana sampanna Paade dvirada samyuta ………[ middle two padas ]………. Shuddham taamramyim shastam brhmana chirapoojaitam ” in VASISTA RAMAYANA which explains characteristics and history MULA RAMA idol . This shloka includes the LAKSHANA OF SHRI MULA RAMA . Here DVIRADA means ELEPHANT [ According to all SAMSKRITA koshas , Including AMARAKOSHA ,VISHWAKOSHA,HAARAAVALI ETC ] . It means there are CHIHNAS of elephants at the base[peetha] of Shri MULA RAMA . This character is only in the MULA RAMA idol of shri RAGHAVENDRA SWAMY MATH. There is no elephant sign in Shri Uttaradi matha’s MULA RAMA idol .

    Madhwachrya Joshi

    December 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  15. Aakashatpatithamthoyam ……………? Like wise I am happy to read all the comments in its entirety. All the writings only speaks of Madhwamatha and Madhwamutt ultimately. Mental gymnastics at all cost be avoided and together let us all bow to our Acharya and be proud of being his follower.

    R Guruprasad

    September 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  16. Shri uttaradi mutt is the main seat of acharya madva and from & by vibhudendra tirtha only vibhudendra tirtha mutt was formed which later came to be known as Sri RaGhavendra Mutt;

    Sri sathyatma tirtha antargata Madvesha arpana

    M. Anantha padmanabhan

    December 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

    • How can you say like this mr. anantha?
      sri vibhudendra tirtharu was officially given pithadhipatya by sri ramachandra tirtharu. had he given it to sri vidyanidhi tirtharu, then why ramachandra tirtharu asked to place moola rama vigraha beneath the earth? sri vidyanidhi tirtharu assumed sanyasa by himself and came into possession of moola rama vigraha by other means and established uttaradi math and went on projecting his is the moola math. please dont misinterpret the history.
      Srimanmoola Ramo Vijayate

      Dr. Shreenivas R. Deshpande

      November 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      • The biggest problem is history is unclear. So How did you came to conclusion that Vidyanidhi Thirtharu assumed sanyasa by himself.?


        April 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      • sri vidyanidhi tirtharu assumed sanyasa by himself how you know you are in that time??? at the time of Sri sushameendra treetha fist they give asrama to sri sri…….. after at the time of vrindivana pravasha some one taken the mutt ( same thing happened in the time of sri ramachanda thirthu )


        June 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

  17. Then tell us how and when did Vidyanidhi teertha attained sanyasa?

    varadendra uttanoor

    July 16, 2015 at 12:41 am

  18. under what circumstances did Vidyanidhi became a sanyasi

    varadendra uttanoor

    July 16, 2015 at 12:42 am

    • Vidyanidhi theertharu were appointed by ramachandra theertharu ..He is appointed because shri vibhudendra theertharu didn’t come back from yatra even though he is was called by his guru….and today also we can see in yaragola the vidyanidhi theerthara moolavrindavana is next to ramachandra theerthara moolavrindavana …

      satyadhyan desai

      July 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm

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