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  History

 

            It is more than 600 years old and belongs to the Uttaraamnaaya Badari tradition of sanyasin order tracing its origin to Sri Shankara Bagavadpada and his deciple Thotakacharya.
Historical records relating to the kingdom of Vijaynagar (14th/15th  Centuries) throws light on the origins of the Math. Around 1378, Jagadguru Seo Satyatheertha left Badari and came down south in search of a place where he cound continue his dharmic activities undisturbed. He selected Bandigadi (now Shakatapuram) in the Koppa Taluka of ChickMandlore District. Initially the place was called 'Munoyoor' as the 'Muni'[Pending link] settled down there. The Brahmanabdapurana refers to Shakatapuram as the place where the sage Shakata attained salvation through penance. The Math when set up by Jagadguru Sathyatheertha waas called 'Muniyoor Math'
            Jagadguru Seo Sathyatheertha installed an idol of Sri Lakshminarayana on the banks of the river. The place is now called 'Champika'. Ther precise date by which the idol was shifted to the present Math at Shakatapuram (100-200 mts from Champika) isnt known. The Vijayanagar Kings   generously endowed the Math with large areas of land, which of course in due course of time has been reduced to a bare acre or too.

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