Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamigalu, the 23rd pontiff, ascended the Holy Seat in 1928, when he was hardly twelve and shared the responsibilities with his senior, Jagadguru Pattada Shivarathri Mahaswamigalu. Like his illustrious predecessor he was a firm believer in the good of one and all. Jagadguruji had been at the helm of affairs of the Math for more than half a century, a period full of events seeking nothing but the welfare of all.

A scholar in Kannada and Sanskrit Jagadgurugalu knew English also. He was a patron of arts and literature. He was thoughtful and sensitive to an astonishing degree. But he had, unlike others, mastered the art of turning every noble thought of his into a reality. The wisdom of all his predecessors seemed to have culminated in him. Every step he took was a step forward in search of new areas of service. That was how he could build an empire of educational institutions. But he was not an emperor seeking any sort of aggrandizement. Essentially he was a tireless worker, without any selfish ends.

However, the early years of his pontificate were not rosy. It was often reflected that he had to struggle relentlessly and staked his personal comforts to get even a small work done. A single minded dedication to a task aimed at the welfare of all alone goaded him to trudge a path of sacrifice. For this discipline, if we can call it so, he owed a deep debt of gratitude to his senior, Pattada Shivarathri Swamigalu. His Holiness attained Samadhi in 1986 and the shrine can be visited at Suttur.


His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji is the 24th pontiff of Sri Suttur Math, established in the 10th century at Suttur, Mysore District, Karnataka. Swamiji who assumed the Peetha in 1986 at the young age of 29 years, had his spiritual training under the guidance of his illustrious predecessor H H Jagadguru Dr Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the founder president of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha, an educational and cultural organization dedicated to the ideal of providing education to the villages of Karnataka. He is responsible for establishing the ‘Bharithya Samskruthika Parishath’, at all India level, by providing collective leadership involving all the heads of different religions, with an aim to take up activities which could benefit the mankind.