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Shri Sugunendra Theertha

Shri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji

...spiritual ambassador with ancient wisdom and modern outlook

His Holiness Shri Shri Shri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, of Jagadguru Sri Madhwaachaarya Moola Mahaa Samsthaanam, Shri Puthige Matha, Udupi, India, was predestined at the age of 12 as the 30th Pontiff of the 750 years old illustrious and everlasting Indian Vedic traditional lineage of Jagadguru Sri Madhwaachaarya, the founder of the famous vedic philosophy of Dwaitha.

The convergence of Spiritual, In addition to his multifarious activities, he is the International President of World Conference of Religions for Peace, (WCRP) New York. The Swamiji has been honored all over the world, for his service to human kind in spreading the values of spirituality. Recently, Los Angeles County Supervisor the Honorable Mike D. Antonovich honored His Holiness, by presenting a prestigious plaque in recognition of his service to the humanity. Also, the state secretary of Arizona, Janice K Brewer has declared October 8th 2005 as Sri Sugunendra Theertha Day to honor His Holiness.

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The Swamiji is globally respected for his progressive vision and as a champion propagator of values in spiritual and economics for mass across the world. The knowledge of the Swamiji on Vedic scriptures won the respect and praise of top international scholars & teachers. He has been a beacon of faith, hope and peace to millions in India and all over the world.

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Shri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji is a such an indomitable entity that, in spite of being a descendent of a relatively less liberal, conservative lineage of Sanyasa Dharma ,he visualized the emergence of new socio cultural world order arising out of technological revolution and the vast exodus of indian population emigrating to different parts of the world. He sensed the responsibility of these traditional institutions to respond to the changing social scenario. He decided to extend his role to fulfill the religious aspirations of the Indian devout public wherever they are and did not hesitate to make some bold revolutionary decisions in his regard.

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His holiness Shri Shri Sugunendra theertha swamiji is the present pontiff of Shri Puthige matha, Udupi. His spiritual influence extends far beyond the subcontinents and spans practically the entire world. To him goes the credit of spreading the Indian philosophy and Gita's teaching's acrossthe globe.
By establishing several temples and matha's in many important cities across the world, he has fullfilled and graced the spiritual needs of the migrant indian community and offered them significant opportunities to pursue their religious practices to celebrate traditional functions and to initiate their next generation to hindu fold. With his spiritual message and service to international community resonating well with many top world leaders and industrialists, it is no surprise that he was designated twice in succession as an International President Of the World Conference Of Religion for Peace (WCRP)NewYork(USA) supported by UNO.
Though our beloved swamiji is busy with international commitments, he continues to serve and guide his followers in India. He is one of the few pontiffs in Udupi to have adorned Paryaya Peeta for three times so far. It was during one of his paryaya when the Majestic Gita Bhavan, Anna Brahma Bhojanashala, Sumatheendra Theertha and Swagatha Gopuram were built in the devine vicinity of Shri Krishna matha, Udupi. He offered Navarathna Chariot to Lord Krishna during his paryaya.

Udupi is one of the most revered pilgrimage centers in Karnataka in India and is known for its association with Jagadguru Shree Madhwaachaarya (1238-1317) the founder of The Dvaita School of Vedaanta. The Achaarya installed a 5000 years old deity of Lord Shree Krishna in Udupi, which is considered as one of the holiest idols in India. One of the most valuable gems bequeathed by Achaarya Shree Madhwa to humanity is the fold of disciples that he left behind to propagate his teachings. As a present successor of this great lineage, His Holiness is rendering his great services to the mankind in the educational, social as well as spiritual fields by leading many educational, social and religious institutions with publication centers.
Convergence of values of spiritual, political and economic is the foundation for peace and prosperity of human kind. We can trace the present unrest in humanity to the divergence or deterioration in convergence of these values. It is the duty of leaders of various fields to continuously strive for the convergence of these values. India has to take lead in spreading this message across the world as this truth was realized centuries ago. India's present prosperity has origin to the convergence these values.

The passage of time has wrought quite a few changes in the life of man during the last 800 years after Shri Madhwacharya vanished from this earth. But his light has been continuing to illuminate the world through his celestial disciples whose names are quite a few. No one imagined that a small lad of twelve years, the son of a very pious couple Govindacharya and Kamalamma, living in a humble dwelling . in a small village called Maniyur, would adorn this august pedestal of Madhwa lineage headed by godly Saint Upendra Teertha and adorned by great names like shatayushi Sudheendra Teertharu. It was the will of God, that this promising Lad should be initiated into Sanyasa by Shri Sugnanendra teertharu and was made the head of Madhwa Peetha called Puttige Matha in the year 1974. He is none other than His Holiness Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, the present seer, the 30th pontiff in the lineage of Shri Puttige Matha. The present Swamiji assumed the life of ascetic at the tender age of twelve and has traveled from his humble beginning, all the way to global lime light in his illustrious career of spirituality and philanthropy spanning the last four decades.