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The Amnaya Peethams

Of the large number of disciples who had the rare and inestimable privilege of serving the great Acharya Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada, four stand out prominent. Each one of them was unrivalled in his own way: Padmapada for intense devotion, Totaka for exemplary service, Hastamalaka for supreme self-realisation and Sureshwara for deep learning

It is well-known that Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya established four Maths in the four corners of India for the sustinence and propogation of Sanathana Dharma in the country. Each of these Amnaya Peethams had their divinities, tirthas, sampradaya, so on all of the details of which are given below.

The four disciples of Sri Adi Shankaracharya were later on installed as Acharyas of the four Maths by Sri Adi Shankaracharya himself as follows.

The fact that all these Maths function to this day shows the vigour of the movement started by Shankara for the propagation of Advaita Vedanta and Sanatana Dharma as a whole.

The Amnaya Peethams

East South West North
Name of the Peetham Govardhana Math Sringeri Math Kalika Math Jyotir Math
Place of Location Puri (Orissa) Sringeri (Karnataka) Dwaraka (Gujarat) Badrikashrama (Uttaranchal)
Divinities Jagannatha
(Purushottama, Shakti-Vrsala Vimala)
Malahanikara Linga,
Varaha, Shakti-Sharada
Siddheshwara
Shakti-Bhadra Kali
Narayana
Shakti-Purnagiri
Tirtha Mahodadhi
(Bay of Bengal)
River Tungabhadra River Gomati River Alakananda
Veda Rig Veda Yajur Veda Sama Veda Atharva Veda
Sampradaya Bhogavala Bhurivala Kitavala Nandavala
Mahavakya प्रज्ञानं ब्रह्म
(Prajnanam Brahma)
अहं ब्रह्मास्मि
(Aham Brahmasmi)
तत्त्वमसि
(Tattvamasi)
अयमात्मा ब्रह्म
(Ayamatma Brahma)
Titles to the Pontificial Seat Aranya, Vana All the titles, particularly, Saraswati, Puri, Bharati, Aranya, Tirtha, Giri, Ashrama Tirtha, Ashrama Giri, Parvata, Sagara
First Acharya of the Peetham Sri Hastamalakacharya Sri Sureshwaracharya Sri Padmapadacharya Sri Totakacharya

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