for text of Swamiji's blessings for this Website.)
Headquarters : Partagal, Poinginim,
Canacona (Goa) Pin 403702, Tel.No. 0832-642383
Short Name : Shri Gokarn
Presiding Deity : Shri Ramadev and Shri Veera
Poojas : Three poojas, morning, afternoon and night being offered by Shri Swamiji.
Established by : Param Poojya Shrimat Narayan Tirth on Chaitra Shukla Dwitiya, Shalivahana Shaka 1397 corresponding to 1475 AD.
Present Swamiji : Shrimat Vidyadhiraj Tirth Shripad Vader Swamiji. 23rd in the pontifical lineage.
Festivals and Fasts : As per the Hindu Lunar Calendar: Prominent among them Shri
Gokulashtami, Shri Rama Navami and Chaturmas during rainy reason for four fortnights.
Guru Parampara :
Their Holinesses, Shrimat
| 2. Vasudev Tirth
|| 11. Ramakant Tirth
Digvijaya Ramachandra Tirth
VIDYADHIRAJ TIRTH, (REIGNING
| 8.Raghuchandra Tirth
The math has the branches in the following centres:
Goa: Rishivan, Bicholim Madgaon and Vasco.
Uttar Kannada District: Ankola, Bhatkal, Dandeli, Gokarn, Honavar, Karwar, Manki and Venktapur
Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts: Basrur, Gangolli and Mangalore
Other places in Karnataka: Bangalore, Belgaum, Hubli and Yellapur
Rest of India: Mumbai (Wadala), Kanyakumari, Badrinath and Varanasi
The Present Swamiji :
Shrimat Vidyadhiraja Swamiji (Poorvashram Name: Shri Raghavendra
Acharya, Native Place: Basrur, in the
Present Udupi District), 23rd in the pontifical lineage was given Sanyas Deeksha on 26th Feb.,1967 in Shri Ram Mandir Wadala, Mumbai by his
illustrious preceptor, Shrimat Dwarakanath Tirth Swamiji, who brought Shri Gokarn Math to Mumbai as earlier there was no branch of the math in the city.
Shri Swamiji ascended to gurupeetha on 5th April, 1973 and thereafter tirelessly working for the spiritual upliftment of the followers, the prime duty cast on the maths. Under his leadership quite a few old temples and math branches were renovated and rebuilt and Shri Swamiji revived in a big way the ancient-most mode of worship by
yagas and yajnas and also by undertaking pilgrimages to holy places, including the ones in the
remote part of the Himalayas.
In 1997, during Dasara in Shri Ram Mandir, Mumbai, in the year of Golden Jubilee of India's
Indepedence, for the welfare of the Indian nation in particular and humanity in general, Shri Swamiji organised a series of Maha
Yagnas when thousands from all over the country participated (Now it is scientifically proved that the yajnas have a great purifying effect on the atmosphere as reported in the Economic Times, Mumbai issue dated 5th June,2000.)
Interestingly though a particular yajna is performed in a particular place, Shri Swamiji organises in such a way that the young and the school going tiny tots as well as the old can participate sitting in their own home. For instance, in 1997, for
"Koti" (one crore) likhita (written) Shri Rama Nama Japa Yajna, hundreds of note books in which thousands have chanted and written in their own handwriting the mantra, Shri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama, arrived at the venue. The enthusiasm of the devotees was so great that as against the
crore, 23 crore mantras arrived at the scene! This year, April, 2000 for the mammoth
Shatakoti (one hundred crores - one billion) Shri Rama Nama
Japa Yajna, organised in commemoration of the 525th Foundation Day of the Samsthan and Shri Swamiji's Silver Jubilee of ascending the gurupeetha, a devotee could chant any number at home, keep a daily record in a card supplied by the math and send it over to Partagali where the yajna took place. "Among all the
yajnas, japa yajna is the greatest," so declares Gita and Shri Swamiji actually propagates it by word and spirit.
Among many pilgrimages Shri Swamiji has undertaken, the most difficult was virtually an expedition to Shri Damodar Kund in the Himalayas about 20,000 feet above the sea level. Some 500 years ago the third Swamiji of the math, Shrimat Jeevottam Tirth Swamiji by whose name the math is called on account of his great many feats, had gone on a pilgrimage and Shrimat Vidyadhiraj is the second one to repeat this in the year 1998 traversing and climbing the snow clad peaks. The followers were deeply impressed by this accomplishment of their beloved guru and so they gave him the title of
Abhinav (new) Jeevottam Swamiji! This year Shri Swamiji is undertaking another difficult pilgrimage, from
Gangotri, the source of Ganga to Gangasagar where Ganga meets the sea.
is seen here ( arrow refers ) walking in the
difficult snow clad Himalayan terrain
Shri Vidyadhiraj Puraskar :
The math, in 1977 instituted an annual award called Shri Vidyadhiraj Puraskar to be given away annually to a GSB of outstanding performance in any field of human endeavour. So far 23 celebrities have been honoured. The latest recipient is
Hon. Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Govt. of India.
Vaidik School :
The Math runs Shri Jeevottam Vaidik Sanskrit Pathashala and the admissions are open to all the pupils of the Samaj.
A Great Scholar :
Shri Swamiji is a great Sanskrit scholar and all the GSBs can be proud of his accomplishments. He has mastered all the books on Madhwa Philosophy, Kavyas like Raghuvamsh, Kumar Sambhav, Kirartarjuneey and Nasishadh and also Jyotishya, Agama and Dhramashastras. He likes self-study and is fond of linking auspicious moments and stars to all his religious
programmes. He is a lover of GSB History and Culture and always states that Gowda Saraswats are generous leaders with the spirit of service to all. Shri Swamiji has maintained a good two way communication with shishya varga and also friendly ties with other
mathadhipatis. His greatest success is in making Shri Gokarn Math a vibrant and dynamic religious institution answering to the religious needs of the modern society especially popularising that great mantra of mantras, Shri Rama Nama, taking it to every home and heart. What more do we need in the modern world?
|Shri Ram Mandir, Wadala Mumbai
Decorated Door of the Sanctum Sanctorum with silver laid
carvings depicting the scenes of Ramayan.
Shri Ram Mandir Wadala is a prominent GSB Temple in
the Central Mumbai.
Shri Gokarn Math. The presiding deity is Lord Ram
with Lakshman and Sita and just in front, across the
road is a temple dedicated to Shri Hanuman. Shri Ram
Mandir has many religious activities and festivals round
the year, prominent among them Shri Ganeshotsav
concluding on the day of Shri Anant Chaturdasi and then
Shri Ram Navami festival for 9 days.
It starts from the day of Gudi Padva and
concludes on Ram Navami Day. This is called Navam when,
on all the 9 days, round the clock, without any break,
there will be a chanting of Shri
Ram Nama-Shri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram, by
On the concluding day there will be a cradling
ceremony for the infant Lord Ram when his idol will be
kept in a cradle and this will be rocked by the ladies
who assemble for the occasion in the presence of
hundreds. The Mandir was consecrated by H.H.Shri
Dwarakanath Tirth Swamiji, the preceptor of the present
pontiff, H.H.Shrimat Vidyadhiraj Tirth Swamiji, who
incidentally was initiated into sanyas here on 27th
Shrine where the note books containing more than 20
crore written Ram
Nama Japa, by hundreds of devotees, received from
all over the country,
for the Yajna held in Oct., 1997, are preserved
Mantap in Shri Ram Mandir where one can have the
darshan of all the mythological nine planets in
the form deities.
Mantap: The symbol of Naga worship by GSBs.
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Manjunath Lakshman Shenai Memorial Trust,
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