Ashoke

Sri Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi Maha Swamiji, Sri Samsthana, Gokarna, has undertaken a massive reinstatement program of Moolamata at Ashoke, Gokarna. This sacred place, once abode of Sri Raghoottama Mata (now Ramachandrapura Mata), is where Jagadguru Shankaracharya founded our much revered Mata around 1000 years ago instructing Sri Sureshwaracharya to initiate Sri Vidyanandacharya to sanyasa and made him the Matadhipathi.

He ordained: Atra Tishta Yati Shreshta Gokarne Munisevite …
Oh Sacred Yati, making this place your Headquarters, look after the affairs of Gokarna Devastanam and also the shishya bhakthas of Gokarna Mandala. What started on that day over a thousand years ago, has continued to grow and flourish. Sri Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji is the 36th Shankaracharya of this avicchinna parampara - unbroken lineage from Adi Shankara till the current Peetadhipati. (In other words, a Peetadhipathi appoints his “uttaradhikari” while he is still in the peeta and this link is unbroken). As you may be aware, only Ramachandrapura Mata is blessed with this privilege.

Over a period of time, Headquarters of the Mata was shifted to Hosanagara and this place was abandoned. As explained by Sri Samsthana in the linked youtube video, Moolamata remained only in name – “namaavashesha”. Even Sri Sri Raghavendra Bharathi Swamji, in his book “Aatma Vidyaakhyayika” remembers the origins of the mata in the Shloka No. 32 as 'Ashoke Namake Sthane Shankaraarya Sunirmite Mate Gokarna Nikate Mallikarjuna Sevite'

The reconstruction is being carriedout using mixture of organics called "gaare" and without any steel or cement. This method improves the longevity of building to above 300 / 400 years.

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