The lineage of one of the eight Sanyasis who take care of the worship of Lord Krishna at Udupi is what is now known as the Pejavara Matha. Sri Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji ascended the seat as the 32nd head of the Pejavara Matha.
Sri Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji was born on the 27th of April, 1931 as the second child of Sri Narayanacharya and Srimati Kamalamma, a devout couple from Ramakunja. The parents named the child as Venkataramana. Hugely impressed by the Satvik nature of the young Venkataramana, the then head of the Pejavara Matha, Sri Sri Vishva Manya Theertha Swamiji initiated him as a Sanyasi when he was in his 8th year of age. He was named Vishwesha Theertha Swami.
He was an exceptional scholar in Nyaya, Vedanta and other branches of philosophy. He outdid many popular scholars. He also had strong poetic abilities. He disliked untouchability and put his efforts to eradicate it. He extended the domain of mutts from Pada-pooja, Bhiksha, Madi and other rituals to various other social activities. Some such activities involve free medication to the poor and needy, the establishment of school, pre-university, undergraduate colleges and an Ayurveda college. He worked for the prevention of cow slaughter. He went for a day-long hunger strike for the campaign to save cattle.
When it comes to the area of spiritual achievements, pilgrimages have always enjoyed an important position. Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji resolved to undertake work to provide facilities to pilgrims. This pious work started in the Holy Kshetra of Badrinath. The “Anantha Matha” built at Badri at a cost of over 50 lakhs is today serving as a base camp for all devotees from South India. The “Udupi Matha” built at Tirupathi costing more than a crore of rupees is providing shelter to those who visit Tirumala to seek the refuge of Thimmappa. Built in 1996 at a cost of over 40 lakhs, the “Madhvashrama” in Haridhwar has become a guiding post for devotees.
Sri Swamiji the reformer has become the golden bridge between the legacy of the past and the promise of the future. Sri Swamiji is not just an individual; he is a system by himself. This karmayogi did his services to the society till he left this world at the age of 88. Let us pray for his soul and try to follow his footsteps.