26 November 2016
Shri Chitrapur Math 9.10.2011
Shri Chitrapur Math is the central Math (community temple) for the Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin sect. This Math is located at Shirali in the Bhatkal Taluk in North Kanara district of Karnataka and has been there since 1757. The other Maths of this community are located in Gokarn, Karla, Mangalore and Mallapur. All the Maths have the insignia of the saffron flag as shown right, below.
The chief deity worshipped in this Math is Shri Bhavanishankar (shown in the picture right, below) who is a form of Shiva. The other 6 sanctorums of the temple are of the Samadhis of the previous GuruSwami's of the community. Daily Puja is carried out at the shrine of Bhavanishankar as well as the other Swamijis.
As of 2016 Shri Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji has been the head of the Math having ascended the Peetha in February 1997. Shree Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji is the eleventh of this lineage of Gurus which began in 1708.