Sri Satyadhyana Theertharu

Sri Satyadhyana Theertha took Ashrama from Sri Satyajnana Theertha. He comes in the lineage of Uttaradhi mutt.

Poorvashrama Name          : Sri Sethuramacharya
Ashrama Guru                    : Sri Satyajnana Theertha
Ashrama Shishya                : Sri Satyaprajna Theertha
Aradhana                          : Chaitra Shudha Ashtami
Vrundavana                       : Pandarapura in Maharashtra
Period                                 : 1912-1942

The greatness of Sri Satyadhyana Theertha is, he was Vidya guru for his Ashrama guru Sri Satyajnana Theertha.

Sri Satyadhyana Theertha was born in an ancient family of erudite scholars in a village called Chikkodi, Karnataka state in 1872. It is a prestige and honor to the family. His Poorvashrama name was Sethuramacharya, his father’s name was Jayacharya (Sri Satyadheera Theertha).

As usual in all orthodox Brahmin families, Sethuramacharya had his Upanayana at the age of 8 and started his serious studies in Sanskrit language and Shastras under the guidance of his father who was a great scholar himself.

Sethuramacharya initially studied Shastras under his father and later studied dwaitha Vedanta under Sri Govinda Krishnacharya a well-known vidwan belong to Shashtika Vamsa. He was extremely intelligent and became an accomplished, erudite scholar in all branches of Indian philosophy, grammar and literature in Sanskrit before he completed his 20th year. He would pick up any gauntlet thrown by any adversary in any branch of orthodox learning and win a resounding victory over him.

He was married and led a normal life of a learned Brahmin householder, teaching Shastras to many students and scholars. At the age of 40, in 1912 he entered the fourth Ashrama, Sanyasa, and became Satyadhyana Theertha by name and Peetadhipathi of Uttaradhi Mutt.

Works of Sri Satyadhyana Theertha:

Sri Satyadhyana Theertha was a prince among scholars and a great lover of his students. He was prepared to help anyone who wished to learn true philosophy to any extent. The great services he rendered to the Indian Philosophy are Writing of books and teaching of philosophy in kannada so that even the very ordinary person who is interested in philosophy could have access to all the high and profound ideas of philosophy which are available only in great works on the subject in difficult Sanskrit. Sri Satyadhyana Theertha was the author of the following books.


In Sanskrit

  1. Gita Sarasangraha
  2. Gita Pradhipadhartha Chandrika
  3. Bheda Paranyeva Khalu Brahma Suthrani
  4. Chandrika Mandanam

In Kannada

  1. Sabhasara Sangraha Part-I (Civil Suit) II, and III
  2. Geethopanyasagalu


ఆసేతోరాతుషారాద్రేః యోదిశోజితవాన్ముహృః
సత్యధ్యానగురుః పాతు యతీంద్రైరపి పూజితః

ಆಸೇತೋರಾತುಷಾರಾದ್ರೇಃ ಯೋದಿಶೋಜಿತವಾನ್ಮುಹೃಃ
ಸತ್ಯಧ್ಯಾನಗುರುಃ ಪಾತು ಯತೀಂದ್ರೈರಪಿ ಪೂಜಿತಃ

AsEtOrAtuShArAdrEH yOdiSOjitavAnmuhRuH
satyadhyAnaguruH pAtu yatIMdrairapi pUjitaH


Source: Uttaradhi mutt website, Guru Parampare by Krishna Kolhar Kulkarni, and other sources etc.


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