Shrimath Vibhudendra Thirtha was the fourteenth

Mathadhipati of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan. He

was born on Thursday, Chaitra Shuddha Saptami

of Shubhakritu Samvatsara (Sh. Sh. 1704)

corresponding to 21st March, 1782. The ascetic

Vibhudendra Thirtha was a scholar, linguist, a

Sanskrit Scholar and a writer who practiced the

knowledge of truth. He wrote a literary work on

Madhwa Shastra and also a book about Guru

Paramparamrutha. It is also reported that he had

written many commentaries on Dualism.

Unfortunately these are not available now.

It was in 1804 that Shrimath Ananteshwar

Temple in Manjeshwara (Kerala) was renovated

with the help of local and other devotees of the

temple and also idol of Lord Shri Bhadra

Narasimha was installed in the temple by


He then went to Kashi. The scholars and people

there were very happy to welcome Swamiji and

know his erudition. The scholar Vibhudendra

Thirtha was bright in the midst of others. On

receiving Vinanti Patras from his disciples in the

South, Swamiji decided to travel southwards. At

that time, it was difficult to travel as he would

have encountered many obstructions from Non

Hindus along the way. Then, he received a letter

from the chief of police that they would protect

all in the entourage day and night during travel.

A Rahadari was issued on Sunday, 19th

November 1820 in Banaras for the safe travel of

the Swamiji (Document No. 42) to the police


It states as follows :-

Vibhudendra Thirtha, shishya of Surendra Thirtha,

has come here (Banaras) for pilgrimage. Now he

is returning to South India. He has in his

possession the under mentioned articles (and

people). Nobody should obstruct or deny them

the right to travel. The concerned people are

hereby ordered to see that the Swamiji and the

party are safely taken to the boundaries of the

respective areas of their jurisdiction. This order

has to be rigorously followed:

2 Pallakis; 30 Brahmins; 22 Pallaki bearers; 17

other servants; 15 animals and 37 bundles of

utensils etc.


N. W. Brooke


A copy of this was deposited in the Court of I

Class Magistrate, Kadur Division. This was

returned to Shree Kashi Math on 26th March


They reached Manjeshwara safely with the police

protection. The Swamiji had also prescribed

certain rules and regulations for the daily pujas

and viniyogas to be conducted in the temple.

These are followed even today.

While the Swamiji was performing pujas of Lord

Bhadra Narasimha of Manjeshwar, he used to

place the crown of Lord Sri Vedavyasa of Shree

Kashi Math Samsthan. On such occasion, he

could not remove the crown from the idol Lord

Bhadra Narasimha after the puja. He interpreted

this as the Lord’s wish to keep it there

permanently by donating the crown to the temple.

He had also donated a gold pendent to the

temple. Further the 108 coins used for

Kanakabhisheka of the Lord in the temple even till

today are the ones given by the Swamiji to the


The Veera Venkatesha idol with a sword on the

waist at Sri Venkataramana Temple, Mangalore,

was installed by Shrimath Vibhudendra Thirtha

Swamiji in Raktakshi Samvatsara, Sh. Sh. 1726

(1804). This idol was stated to have been

brought by one wandering sanyasi, who had

gifted it to the temple.

The Swamiji had initiated a vatu into sanyasa

and called him Shrimath Sumathindra Thirtha on

Wednesday, Phalguna Shuddha Saptami of Bhava

Samvatsara (Sh. Sh. 1736) corresponding to 15th

March, 1815. Later when the Guru Swamiji was

camping in Manjeshwara in 1834, the Shishya-

Swamiji was in Kochi, the Swamiji felt that his

end was near and immediately sent for (Called

Upon) his Shishya Swamiji. However, due to the

non-availability of suitable, rapid transport

facilities, the Shishya-Swamiji could not come to

Manjeshwara in time. In order to ensure the

continuity of the pujas of the deities of Shree

Kashi Math Samsthan, the Guru-Swamiji initiated

one Abbayya Bhat, a scholarly vaidika of the

retinue of the Swamiji and named him Shrimath

Vasudendra Thirtha and attained Maha Samadhi

on Magha Bahula Panchami of Vijaya

Samvatsara, Sh. Sh. 1755 (Thursday, 27th

February, 1834). His Vridavana is in Manjeshwar

Shri Kashi Math premises behind Shrimad

Ananeshwar Narasimha Temple, Manjeshwar (20

Kms froms Mangalore).