Shri Puttige Mutt the original pontiff of this Mutt was Sri Upendra Teertha, a direct disciple of Sri Madhwacharya and the deity is `Sri Vittala'. Sri Bhuvanendra Teertha, the 23rd pontiff in this lineage, renovated the Sri Ananthasana temple premises. Sri Sudheendra Teertha, the 25th pontiff in this lineage received sanyasa in 1878 (Bahudhanya, Chaitra Shuddha, Navami) from the hands of Sri Vidyadhisha Teertha of Sri Krishnapur Math. His centenary was celebrated in Udupi pompusly on 24th March 1956. To commemorate this centenary celebration, a silver chariot was built for Sri Krishna. The present pontiff, Sri Sugunendra Teertha the 27th in his lineage, was born in 1962 (Shubhakrithu Bhadrapada Bahula Thritheeya) and received sanyasa in 1974 (Chaandra Aananda,
Shri Puthige Matha
A tiny village Called Pajaka Kshetra in West coast of southern India in Karnataka was predestined to be the birth place of a sage called Shri Madhwacharya in the history of our land in 12th century AD, whose voice became an oasis of spiritual guidance for the "Waste Land and Hollow Men" of Kaliyuga who were hopelessly lost in their Godless World.
His childhood, boyish days, ascendancy to sainthood, preaching of philosophy, his speech, walk, physical look, and everything about him showed to the whole world that he was not a mortal but a spiritual messenger of the paradise on an earthly mission. Such an angel appeared on this soil 800 years ago. The temple of Lord Krishna in Udupi founded by him has made this temple town the most revered sacred piligrimage centre of India.
Among his disciples who were destined to see him and hear him and could call themselves his followers, Shri Upendra Teertha was the most important one whose name finds mention in his Biography "Shri Sumadhwa Vijaya". The monastery that has come down to us through him is called Shri Puthige Matha.
The main idols worshiped in the Puthige Matha are that of Panduranga (Vittala),which was given to Shri Upendra Tirtha by Shri Madhvacharya.
The present pontiff, Shri Sugunendra Teertha the 30th in his lineage, was born in 1962 (Shubhakrithu Bhadrapada Bahula Thritheeya) and received sanyasa in 1974 (Chaandra Aananda, Chaithra, Bahula Dvirheeya).
The main idols worshiped in the Puthige Matha are that of Shri Lakshminarasimha,which was given to Shri Upendra Tirtha by Shri Madhvacharya.
Established a full fledged Goshala at moola matha in Puthige.Every day after main pooja, Go-Pooja is carried out before theertha prasada. There are nearly 50+ cows right now which cater to daily Abhisheka for the Lord as well as milk and curds for students. Shri Swamiji has also provided opportunity for devotees to do Godhana in this sacred place.
Puthige moola matha, on the banks of river Suvarna near to Udupi, India has established Shri Puthige Vidyapeetha for last 26 years and teaching students in subjects like - vedas,puranas,Madhwa Shastra, Astrology, Priesthood to name a few. 40 students and taken in batch every year and trained and housed in this Vidyapeetha and provided with all facilities, free of cost.
Shri vadiraja Reasearch Foundation, an institute of Shri Puthige Matha at Gettha mandir, Udupi. In addition to admitting students as before, boys of all classes from 5th to 10th will be admitted. For them , besides Vaidikavidya, general education in English and Kannada medium will be given to enable them to appear for SSLC Exam for their further studies in Engineering,Medical or any other professions if they want then.