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The Origin

Community life in India is closely linked with spiritual and religious institutions for the past five thousand years. The religious leaders have been the guiding forces for upholding the moral values of life and in the progression of society as a whole. The glorious Suttur Math is a reflection of and testimony to this rich tradition.

Sri Jagadguru Veerasimhasana Suttur Math with a long history of more than one thousand years is a multi-dimensional institution that has contributed immensely to the cause of societal advancement. The welfare activities of the Math transcend the sectarian limits of the Veerasaiva community and encompass a much wider and larger following of all sections of Indian society.

The founding of the Math can be traced to a historical event linked with Sri Shivarathreeshwara Shivayogi Mahaswamigalu crusading for peace between two warring kingdoms. The hostility between Rachamalla IV of the Gangas of Talkad and Rajaraja of the Cholas was about to break up into a large scale war. It was due to the timely intervention of Sri Shivarathreeswara Swamigalu the hostility ended and the enemies became friends. Then it was on the request of Rajaraja, the Swamigalu graciously condescended to establish a Math on the banks of the river Kapila at Suttur near Mysore.

The inscriptional evidences support the establishment of Suttur Math during the reign of Chola kingdom. The name of Shivaratri Shivacharya is mentioned in many ancient works such as Panditaradhya Charita, Shivacharya Chudamani and Gana sahasranama. The tradition handed down from one pontiff to another indicates that the said Shivaratri Shivacharya is the founder of Suttur Math.

Sri Eshaneshwara Wodeyar, the second pontiff was responsible for further development of the Suttur Math during the times of Rajendra Chola. The Someswara temple near the Math at Suttur is said to have been constructed by the Chola kings, in accordance with the wishes of Sri Eshaneshwara Wodeyar. An inscription referring to this event is dated 23rd October 1032.