H.H SHRIMATH SURENDRA THIRTHA SWAMIJI

H.H SHRIMATH SURENDRA THIRTHA SWAMIJI

Shrimath Surendra Thirtha (also referred to as

Surindra Thirtha in some of the documents)

became the twelfth Head of Shree Kashi Math

Samsthan after the passing away of his Guru,

Shrimath Rajendra Thirtha in 1799. He was born

on Sunday, Pushya Shuddha Shashti of Hevilambi

Samvatsara (Sh. Sh. 1699) corresponding to 4th

January, 1778.

It is recorded that the Swamiji was prevented

from touring Udupi with all titles and honours

(birudavalis). A ban was imposed on behalf of the

eight Mathadhipatis of Udupi on the movement of

Shrimath Surindra Thirtha Swamiji in Udupi with

his titles. The Swamiji then filed a suit against

this ban. As a result, Captain Thomas Monroe,

the Chief Collector of Kanara Districts (North and

South) issued a notice on the respondents and

delivered a judgment in Basrur on 12th May 1800

to the effect that the Swamiji of Shree Kashi

Math Samsthan had full rights of travel with full

honours and titles in the Kanara districts. Copies

of the text of this judgment were distributed to all

centres in North and South Kanara districts.

Document No. 24 is a Rahadari ensuring the

safety of travel of Shrimath Surindra Thirtha from

Banaras to Allahabad. It was issued in Banaras

on 1st September 1789 and further endorsed on

14th July 1804. It was addressed to the police

department (chowkidars). It states as follows:

“Surendra Swami is going from Banaras to

Allahabad. It is ordered that he should not be

obstructed on his way and should not dispute his

right of travel. He should be given full protection

during the travel. He is accompanied by thirty

people and three female horses”.

The Swamiji had installed the idol of Lord

Venkataramana in Kundapura on Thursday,

Vaishakha Shuddha Triyodashi of Yuva

Samvatsara, Sh. Sh. 1737 (1815 A.D)

An interesting episode has come to light. The

original of a promissory note dated 22nd

December 1798 issued on behalf of the East India

Company for a loan of Rs.12500 from Shrimath

Surendra Thirtha Swamiji had been recently

recovered. A photocopy of this promissory note is

still in the records of the Math with H.H Shrimath

Sudhindra Thirtha Swamiji. However, the original

was unfortunately misplaced and is not traceable.

But it is certain that the promissory note had

never been redeemed and that neither the Swamiji

nor his successors received the amount, which He

had lent to the East India Company in 1798.

Sri Surindra Thirtha performed the installation

ceremony of Srikanth in the temple of Venkatesh

in the great kshetra of Pandharpur, Maharastra.

Then He went to Alleppey, Kerala. There Sri

Swamiji entered Maha Samadhi on Jeshta

Shuddha Saptami of Khara Samvatsara, Sh. Sh.

1753 (Friday, 16th June, 1831). His Vrindavan is

situated in Shri Venkatapati Temple in Alleppy

(Kerala). Earlier to this he had initiated a vatu

and named him Shrimath Vibhudendra Thirtha.