Karnataka: Junior seer drags ashta maths to court

Advocate K.S.N. Rajesh of Mangaluru is representing Sri Vishwa Vijaya in the Principal Civil Judge's court.

Bengaluru: A former junior seer of Udupi Pejawara Math, Sri Vishwa Vijaya, filed a suit before a court in Udupi against all the seers of Udupi Ashta Math, on Monday asking for a registered written constitution for the working of Ashta Maths of Udupi.

Advocate K.S.N. Rajesh of Mangaluru is representing Sri Vishwa Vijaya in the Principal Civil Judge’s court. The seer stated that bitter developments, disagreements, acrimony and revolts over the last 40 years, especially on the occasion of Paryaya festival, among the Peethadhipatis of eight maths in Udupi has brought disrepute to the holy samsthanam established by Sri Madhwacharya, the founder of Dwaitha philosophy.

“To maintain harmony among the eight maths in Udupi and set right the deterioration in the values, culture, customs, code of conduct and traditions, a written constitution is necessary which would restore the age old glory and dignity of the samsthanam. The seers of eight maths need to be the role model for the society,” he stated.

When Sri Vishwa Vijaya returned to India after a successful mission in the US and Canada in 1987, Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji of Puttige Math had declared a war and was successful in unseating him from the peetha.

After making derogatory remarks against the foreign tour of Sri Vishwa Vijaya, Sri Sugunendra Teertha swamiji himself went abroad in spite of opposition from the seers of the other seven maths. Suguendra Teertha continues to hold and enjoy the privileges of the peetha against the wishes of other seers.

“There are many such incidents where the rules are changed to one’s whims and fancies. There is a need for a uniform code of conduct and a written constitution,” the statement added.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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