Main Deities worshipped

Sri Moolarama

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"Vande MandeTarAnandaDashasyandanaNandanam|
ShubhaleelaJaganMoolaRAmam PoornaDheeyarchitam||"

Sri Moolarama is the supreme deity worshipped at Shri Utttaradi Math. Moolarama is an idol of Lord "Sri Ramchandra". It is very important to note that unlike most of the other idols available all over the world, this idol has 2 miraculous and distinctive features:

  1. It is "Swayamvyakta" : Vishwakarma, Who is said to be the Sculptor of the world of Deities carved this beautiful idol, which then was wished by ChaturMukha Brahma for worship, appeared in front of him without any manual effort.
  2. It is a "Chaturyuga Moorthi" which means the idol has been into worship since 4 yugas: Krutayuga, Tretayuga, Dwaparayuga and now Kaliyuga.

It is said in shaastras that the "Sannidhana" (auspicious presence) of Lord Almighty in an idol is decided by the "Archaka" (the one who performs pooja everyday), Under this context, the Sannidhana in the Moolarama idol is way beyond our perception as the idol has been worsipped by Lord Rama himself. Sita devi worshipped it as an auspicious souvenir of her husband's supremacy. The idol was then accordingly worshipped by ChaturMukha Brahma, Shiva, Parvati devi, Daksha Prajapati, Soubhari Rushi, Vivasvan, Vaivavasvata Manu, Ikshwaku, Mandhaata, Trishanku, Harischandra, Sagara, Bhageeratha, Ambareesha, Dilipa, Consecutive kings of Ikshwaku dynasty, Dasharatha, Lord Rama, Sita devi, A brahmana named Vedagarbha, Hanumantha, Bheema of Mahabharata, Dharmaraja, All the other Pandavas, Parikshita, Janimejaya, Kshemaka, The king Mukundavarma who ruled Orissa and from him Sri Narahari Teertha fetched it for Sri Madhwacharya (Third incarnation of Vayu) who passed it onto Sri Padmanabha Teertha likewise was passed on subsequently to the entire lineage of Sri Uttaradi Math and is being worshipped even now by Shri Satyatma Teertha.


Sri Moolaseeta

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"SeetAm JanakaSanjAtAm VAntAshAnandaSanyutAm|
GeetAm VedairGunaVrAtAm KhyAtAm Vande Harou VratAm||"

Sri Moolaseeta is the deity worshipped on the left side of Moolarama in the Pooja Mantapa at Sri Uttaradi Math. Moolaseeta is an idol of "Sita Devi"(Goddess Lakshmi incarnated as Lord Rama's wife). It is very important to note that unlike most of the other idols available all over the world, this idol has 2 miraculous and distinctive features:

  1. It is "Swayamvyakta" : Vishwakarma, Who is said to be the Sculptor of the world of Deities carved this beautiful idol, which then was wished by ChaturMukha Brahma for worship, appeared in front of him without any manual effort.
  2. It is a "Chaturyuga Moorthi" which means the idol has been into worship since 4 yugas: Krutayuga, Tretayuga, Dwaparayuga and now Kaliyuga.

It is said in shaastras that the "Sannidhana" (auspicious presence) of Lord Almighty in an idol is decided by the "Archaka" (the one who performs pooja everyday), Under this context, the Sannidhana in the Moolaseeta idol is way beyond our perception as the idol has been worsipped by Lord Rama himself alongwith Sri Moolarama idol. Sita devi worshipped it too alongwith Moolarama. The idol was then accordingly worshipped by ChaturMukha Brahma, Shiva, Parvati devi, Daksha Prajapati, Soubhari Rushi, Vivasvan, Vaivavasvata Manu, Ikshwaku, Mandhaata, Trishanku, Harischandra, Sagara, Bhageeratha, Ambareesha, Dilipa, Consecutive kings of Ikshwaku dynasty, Dasharatha, Lord Rama, Sita devi, A brahmana named Vedagarbha, Hanumantha, Bheema of Mahabharata, Dharmaraja, All the other Pandavas, Parikshita, Janimejaya, Kshemaka, The king Mukundavarma who ruled Orissa and from him Sri Narahari Teertha fetched it for Sri Madhwacharya (Third incarnation of Vayu) who passed it onto Sri Padmanabha Teertha likewise was passed on subsequently to the entire lineage of Sri Uttaradi Math and is being worshipped even now by Shri Satyatma Teertha.


Sri Digvijaya Rama

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"Yadanugrahataha SarvaDigjayo Bhavateepsitaha|
NamAmyaham DigvijayaRAmam PoornadheeyArchitam||"

Sri Digvijaya Rama idol is also an idol of Lord Rama which Sri Madhwacharya got it sculpted for himself and passed it on to his predecessor along with the Moolarama and Moolaseeta idols. This idol is seen on the right side of Sri Moolarama in the Pooja Mantapa. Sri Madhwacharya was the first to worship this idol and with his immense devotion born out of his unparallel wisdom filled it with enormous Sannidhana of Lord Almighty. Even today this idol is being worshipped at Sri Uttaradi Math and marks the never ending tour of His Holiness all over the country for consecration of Dwaita Philosophy termed as "Digvijaya" which is the prime duty of Sri Uttaradi Math and pontiffs of it.


The 5 VyasaMushtis (4 VyasaMushits intact and another one are obtained as Koorma Saaligrama)

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"Vedavyasa GunAvAsa Shrutistomavikasaka|
Pancharoopa NamAmi tvAm PoornaprajnakarArchitam||"

These are no idols with recognizable features like Eyes, Nose, Limbs etc but are just as simple as a piece of rock. They appear like 4 stones surrounding another tortoise-like stone. These were blessed to Sri Madhwacharya by Lord Narayana and also by Lord Vedavyasa(Incarnation of Lord Narayana) when he visited MahABadari for Vedavyasa's Darshana. These VyasaMushtis are an abode of very high Sannidhana of Lord Almighty. These were 8 in number when were handed over to Sri Madhwacharya, Out of which 5 of them reside at Sri Uttaradi Math. Down the lane during the period Sri Raghunatha Teertha, One of the Mushtis slipped and fell into river Tungabhadra while he was performing pooja at the riverside. After 7 days of fasting, Sri Raghunatha teertha had a message in his dream asking him to take out all the Tortoise shaped stones that he finds in the river, perform abhishekam to them and the one that starts rotating as he pours milk on it is the lost VyasaMushti that has come back as Koorma Saaligrama. The next day, The dream turned into reality and the Lost VyasaMushti was re-obtained as Koorma Saaligrama (Tortoise shaped Saaligrama stone). These idols are shown placed in a golden plate by HH during Pooja.


Sri VamshaRama

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"RAmabhidam Vamshapatim SriMadhavaMuneeditam|
UmAdhavamukhyArAdhyam SriMAdhavamAham Bhaje||"

Sri VamshaRama is also an idol of Lord Rama which is placed on the left side in the second level of the Pooja Mantapa. This idol was obtained by Sri Madhava Teertha who succeeded Sri Narahari Teertha and predecessor of Sri Akshobhya Teertha. This idol was present at the ancient Narasimha temple situated at a village called Saaligram in Udupi district, Karnataka. Upon the divine instructions to the management of the temple, The idol was handed over to Sri Madhava Teertha with all the respect and honor. Sri Madhava Teertha started performing pooja to this idol after the very day of obtaining it. It is said that once, Sri Madhwacharya worshipped this divine idol of Sri VamshaRama when he blessed Sri Akshobhya Teertha in an invisible form. Therefore, Sri VamshaRama also is an abode of unfathomable Sannidhana of Lord Almighty for having been worshipped by Sri MadAnandaTeertha Bhagavatpada himself.


Sri Prasanna Vitthala

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"AnnadAtaha PrasannasriVitthalAkshobhyasannuta|
Yannavetta KhinnachittApannastvatpadyatova mAm||"

Sri Prasanna Vitthala is an idol of Lord Vitthala/Lord Panduranga the very famous temple of whom is at Pandharapura. This idol is placed on the right side in the second level of the Pooja Mantapa. This idol was obtained by Sri Akshobhya Teertha who succeeded Sri Madhava Teertha and predecessor of GuruSaarvabhouma Sri JayaTeertha. Once a sculptor was carving a magnificent idol of Sri Vitthala, Once when he was asleep, He had a dream which conveyed him that the idol has already achieved high importance and Sannidhana of Lord Almighty and therefore should be handed over to Sri Akshobhya Teertha who was camping there. Next day, The sculptor ignored this message and continued his work on the idol, as soon as the tool touched the idol, the idol started bleeding which left shivers in his spine. With regret for not believing in the divine message, he came to Sri Akshobhya Teertha and handed it over to him. Sri Akshobhya Teertha started performing pooja to this idol after the very day of obtaining it. It is said that once, Sri Madhwacharya blessed Sri Akshobhya Teertha with his presence in an invisible form during Pooja and Sri Madhwacharya worshipped this divine idol of Prasanna Vitthala and Sri VamshaRama. Therefore, Sri Prasnna Vitthala also is an abode of unfathomable Sannidhana of Lord Almighty for having been worshipped by Sri MadAnandaTeertha Bhagavatpada himself.


The 28 prime deities worshipped at Sri Uttaradi Math also include:

  • Shridhara Saaligrama
  • Hayagreeva Saaligrama
  • LakshmiNarayana Saaligrama
  • Dadhikratuvamana Saaligrama
  • 2 Ubhayamukhi Sudarshana (Stones with engraving of Sudarshana Chakra on both sides)
  • 3 Ekamukhi Sudarshana (Stones with engraving of Sudarshana Chakra on only one side)
  • 5 chakrAnkitas (Stones with engraving in the form of Sudarshana Chakra)
  • Balamuri Shankha (Conch that opens on right)
  • Edamuri Shankha (Conch that opens on left) This used for Abhishekam during Pooja.
  • Akshaya Paatra (A divine vessel that marks the everyday enormous feeding of devotees at Shri Matha)
  • RAmanishka (An ancient coin)
  • 2 RaamaBaanas (2 other arrows)