H.H Shrimath Sumathindra Thirtha Swamiji
H.H Shrimath Vasudendra Thirtha Swamiji

Shrimath Sumathindra Thirtha was the fifteenth

Swamiji of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan. He was

born on Monday. Ashvija Bahula Panchami of

Kalayuta Samvatsara (Sh. Sh. 1720)

corresponding to 29th October, 1798. Swati

Thirunal Varma, a king of Kerala, a great

composer of music and a devotee of Lord Hari

and Guru, served Swami Sumathindra Thirtha

with faith and love.

Some years after the passing away of Shrimath

Vibhudendra Thirtha Swamiji in 1834, a difference

of opinion arose between his two Shishya-

Swamijis. It went to such an extent that the

younger Swamiji, Shrimath Vasudendra Thirtha

demanded the division of all the movable and

immovable properties of Shree Kashi Math as well

as the followers of the Math and filed a suit in

the Calicut court to that effect. The two shishyas

being the official and legal heirs of the entire

Kashi Math, the court agreed with the younger

Swamiji and issued the necessary decree for the

division of the Math. But before enforcing the

different provisions of the decree two events

happened, which prevented the changing course

of the history of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan.

Firstly, the elder Swamiji, Shrimath Sumathindra

Thirtha selected a minor (from thePallipuram

Kamath family) from his followers and initiated

him into Sanyas in Keelaka Samvatsara. Sh. Sh.

1770 (1849) and accepted him as shishya, who

was named Shrimath Bhuvanendra Thirtha.

Secondly, the elder Swamiji (Sri Sumathindra

Thirtha) passed away on Pushya Bahula

Amavasya of Sadharana Samvatsara, Sh. Sh.

1772 (Friday, 31 st January, 1851) in Shri

Venkatapati Temple, Alleppy, where his Vrindavan

is situated. When this happened, Shrimath

Bhuvanendra Thirtha was still a minor.

In the meantime Shrimath Vasudendra Thirtha

was camping in Shri Venkataramana Temple,

Kundapura. He was about to get the decree

enforced, thereby dividing the Math into two and

also to select a Shishya. It was at this time that

news reached Sri Vasudendra Swamiji that his

co-Shishya, Shrimath Sumathindra Thirtha,

passed away in Alleppey. His Shishya, being a

minor, a question arose as to who would be his

guardian. Since Bhuvanendra Thirtha Swamiji was

a minor he requested Sri Vasudendra Thirtha

Swamiji to be his guardian with all the

responsibilities, and give him an opportunity to

serve Sri Vasudendra Thirtha. Sri Vasudendra

Thirtha obliged and gave up the idea of division

of Shree Samsthan and even went a step further.

He voluntarily and with a broad mind delegated

all his rights to his share of the property of Shree

Kashi Math Samsthan sanctioned to him earlier

by the court decree mentioned earlier, to his

ward, the minor Swamiji. He did not proceed with

his plans regarding the initiation of someone into

Sanyasa and accepting him as his Shishya.

Shrimath Vasudendra Thirtha Swamiji continued

to camp in Shree Kashi Math premises in

Manjeshwara, where he attained Maha Samadhi

on Vaishakha Shuddha Purnima of Siddharthi

Samvatsara, Sh. Sh. 1781 (Monday, 16th May,

1859). His Vrindavana is in Manjeshwara by the

side of that of his Guru, Shrimath Vibhudendra

Thirtha Swamiji.