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Shri Puttige Mutt, Udupi

Shri Puttige mutt is one among the ashta mutts, it derives its name from the place where its main branch is located in a village called Puttige, Hiriyadka taluk,Udupi, Karnataka. The Swarna river flows very close to the mutt, it is surrounded by lush green paddy fields and forest, making it serene picturesque, a visual treat for the eyes and tranquillity for the mind. Shri Madhwacharya anointed Sri Upendra tirtha as the first pontiff of this mutt.

Shri Madhvacharya blessed him by gifting main deities Sri Vitthala with Rukmini and Satyabhama. Vitthala murthy has a smiling face, conch in one hand, and other hand with abhaya mudra on the waist. As per Madhwavijaya once when ShriMadhwacharya and his disciples had partaken in Uttara Badri tirtha yatra for the second time, they had to cross the river Ganga and reach the other side of the river bank, the troops of the ruling Muslim king tried to stop and arrest them, however HH ShriMadhwacharya spoke to the king and explained him the God who is ruling them is the same God who is also protecting him and his disciples, the king was impressed with the valour, knowledge and the personality of ShriMadhwacharya and offered half of his kingdom and chief of his army as a ministership, Shrimadhwacharya gracefully declined stating he and his disciples are sanyasis and had renounced all worldly things and only interested in the service of Lord. Hearing it the king let Shrimadhwacharya and his disciples continue their tirtha yatra further. Whilst, returning in midst of the forest a bunch of bandits and dacoits started attacking the Shrimadhwacharya’s disciples, it was then Shri Upendra tirtha who fought courageously and drove them away, all the disciples returned safely back to Udupi.

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