Monday, May 29, 2017

Ashta Mathas, Udupi

The Ashta Mathas of Udupi are a group of eight mathas. It was established by Hindu philosopher Madhvacharya, the chief proponent of the Dvaita school of Hindu thought. For each of the eight mathas, he also appointed one of his direct disciples to be the first Swami, head of the matha.



These ashta mathas are named after the villages in which they were originally located and today they are located surrounding the Krishna Temple.



They not only work to propagate the Dvaita philosophy, but also administer the Krishna Temple by way of a formal rotation. They take care of the temple in pairs.



The four pairs of mathas are: Palimaru and Adamaru; Krishnapura and Puttige; Shirur and Sodhe; and Kaniyooru and Pejavara.



20 comments:

riitta k said...

Great photos, the pool in the middle is ineresting. I know very little of Hindu philosophy, have read more about buddhism.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice captures.

rupam sarma said...

Loved the post. Beautiful pics.

teamgsquare said...

Nice to know about 8 mathas of Udupi.

gillena cox said...

Nice mosaics, have a good Monday

Much love...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Very elaborate building; a lot to learn about.

Al said...

A very impressive place.

Fun60 said...

I like the first photo showing the temple surrounded by water as well as a little more of the town.

Lady Fi said...

So beautiful!

joshidaniel.com said...

loved that pond :)

Klara said...

lot of nice ornaments.

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating photos of the mystical buildings ~ thanks,

Happy week to you ~ ^_^

Jeevan said...

Each mathas exhibits interesting architecture and you lovely captured over all!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Handsome structures. The buildings in the middle photo remind me of Spanish California architecture of the late 1700s.

Gentle Joy said...

Nice reflection.

Christine said...

How intricate and interesting!

Dragonstar said...

Your black and white photo is interesting - the street looks so empty.

James said...

Great photos! I like the reflections and the black and white shot!

s.c said...

Nice photo's like the buildings and the reflections.

magiceye said...

That was interesting.