In a sudden development, Suyateendra Tirtha Swami, head of the Sri Guru Raghavendra Math at Mantralayam in Andhra Pradesh, appointed the Diwan of the math, Pavamanacharya as his successor at Hosaritti, about 50 km from Haveri, on Saturday.
Pavamanacharya will henceforth be called Subudendra Tirtha Swami.
At a grand religious ceremony organised at Dheerendra Tirtha Swami’s Brindavan on the banks of the Tungabhadra at Hosaritti, Suyateendra Tirtha Swami performed all the rituals connected with the appointment of his successor. As per the tradition of the math, worshipping Lord Rama daily is a must, and only the chief seer of the math has to do that.
As he is not keeping well, Suyateendra Tirtha Swami was not only concerned about the continuation of the puja, but was also finding it difficult to handle the management of math. Therefore, he was in search of a suitable successor.