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Hinduism - What Is A Math or Mutt?

 

Math or Mutt is a commonly used term for a  "monastery" in India

Ascetics' residential place; generally a big, well-established residence for a group of ascetics belonging to a recognized order.

The philosopher Shankaracharya is said to have founded the four most famous maths: the Jyotir Math in the Himalayan town of Joshimath; the Govardhan Math in the Bay of Bengal city of Puri; the Sharada Math in the Arabian Sea city of Dwaraka; and the Shringeri Math in the southern Indian town of Shringeri.

The four main factions in the Dashanami sect Sanyasis, renunciant ascetics who are worshippers (bhakta) of the deity Shiva, have their headquarters in these mathematics.

Despite the fact that most maths do not have the same prestige as these four, they all function as ascetic and religious places.


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Hinduism - Where Is The Jyotir Math(Mutt) Located? What Are Three Important Maths In India?

 


The Sharada math, Shringeri math, and Govardhan math are the other three maths(mutts) or holy places said to have been built by the renowned scholar Shankaracharya.

The Jyotir math located in the northern quarter, in the town of Joshimath in the state of Uttar Pradesh, high in the Himalaya Mountains, and is related with one of the four geographical corners of the Indian subcontinent.

The Dashanami Sanyasis, the most prominent Hindu ascetic order, is said to have been founded by Shankaracharya.

The Dashanami ("ten names") ascetics are Shiva's worshippers (bhakta) who are divided into 10 divisions, each with its own name.

The 10 divisions are divided into four groups: Anandawara, Bhogawara, Bhuriwara, and Kitawara, each of which contains two or three of the ten divisions and is linked to one of the four holy centers.

The Anandawara group of the Dashanamis is related with the Jyotir math.


 


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