[Advaita-l] Sreemath Hariharapura

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 15 12:27:42 CDT 2011

The name Sankaracharya has become a title, more so within the last 100 years or
so than ever before. There is a Matha at Karavir (near Kolhapur) in Maharashtra,
the Ramachandrapura and Swarnavalli Sonda Mathas in Karnataka (associated with
the Havyaka Brahmin community) and many other traditional institutions within the 
Advaita tradition. All these Mathadhipati-s are also titled Sankaracharya-s.

The Hariharapura Matha is perhaps one of the oldest branches of Sringeri Peetham.
Hariharapura is a village very close to Sringeri and many successive heads of this
Matha have had "Swayamprakasha" included in their dIksha names.

> Please forgive me for my ignorance but to my orthodox knowledge
> Shankaracharya established four peethams. Although I know Kanchi peetham is
> regarded as authoritative to some devotees. I have however never heard of
> this Shankaracharya or peetham. Can someone please enlighten me.
> Although I mean no disrespect I know there are a considerable amount of
> "Swami's" who claim to be a Shankaracharya and want to know if there is any
> authenticity or conspiracy regarding this particular one.
> Guru krupahi kevalam
> Krunal

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