Padmanabha Tirtha who lived during the 14th century was a direct disciple of Madhvacharya. Before he became an ascetic, he was known as Sobhana Bhatta. He met Madhvacharya when the great saint was returning from Badari to Udupi. Here Sobhana Bhatta entered into a debate with acharya but he was defeated.
Sobhana Bhatta was convinced by the validity of Madhvacharya’s philosophy and he became an ardent disciple of Madhvacharya and took Sanyasa.
Padmanabha Tirtha was a great scholar and was well-versed in Vedas, epics and Puranas. He wrote commentaries on Madhvacharya’s works. A total of 15 works are credited to him this includes commentary on Madhavacharya’s ten prakarnas, Brahamasutra Bhasya, Gita Bhasya etc. His independent work Sannyayaratnavali is very famous.
As he was the foremost disciple of Madhvacharya, he was made his first successor. He was head of Madhva Matha for seven years.
His Samadhi is located at Navabrindavan near Hampi in Karnataka.