Four Mathas of Adi Shankaracharya

The four mathas (monasteries or mutts) established by Adi Shankaracharya in the four corners of India were meant to uphold Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). It was also meant to propagate Vedanta. The four mathas of Adi Shankara are:

Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka
Jyotir Matha in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand.
Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat.
Govardhana Matha in Puri in Odisha.


Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka

Deities worshiped here – Malahanikara Linga, Varaha, – Goddess – Sharada
Holy River – Tungabhadra River
Veda – Yajur Veda
Sampradaya – Bhurivala
Mahavakya – Aham Brahmasmi
Titles followed – Saraswati, Puri, Bharati, Aranya, Tirtha, Giri, Ashrama
First Acharya of Peetah – Sri Sureshwaracharya (direct disciple of Adi Shankara)

Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat

Deities worshiped here – Siddheshwara – Goddess – Bhadra Kali
Holy River – Gomati River
Veda – Sama Veda
Sampradaya – Kitavala
Mahavakya –Tattvamasi
Titles followed – Tirtha /Ashrama
First Acharya of Peetah – Sri Padmapadacharya (direct disciple of Adi Shankara)

Govardhana Matha in Puri, Odisha

Deities worshiped here – Jagannatha / Goddess – Vrsala Vimala
Holy River – Mahodadhi (Bay of Bengal)
Veda – Rig Veda
Sampradaya – Bhogavala
Mahavakya – Prajnanam Brahma
Titles followed – Aranya / Vana
First Acharya of Peetah – Sri Hastamalakacharya (direct disciple of Adi Shankara)

Jyotir Matha in Badrikashrama, Uttarakhand

Deities worshiped here – Narayana / Goddess – Purnagiri
Holy River – Alakananda River
Veda – Atharva Veda
Sampradaya – Nandavala
Mahavakya – Ayamatma Brahma
Titles followed – Giri / Parvata / Sagara
First Acharya of Peetah – Sri Totakacharya (direct disciple of Adi Shankara)

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