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Shri Shrimajjagadguru Shankaracharya Shri Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthanam is situated amidst evergreen forests near Shalmala river in Sirsi Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, is a famous religious centre and history can be traced back to the period of Adi Shankara who professed Advaita (Non-Dualism) philosophy, established Maths to propagate it. Shri Vishwavandya Saraswati, the first Guru of this Peetha was blessed by Adi Shankara. The Matha was founded in Dashashwamedhaghat at Kashi, and later shifted to Ujjaini, Gokarna, Kadtoke, Sahasralinga and the present Swarnavalli, respectively. Owing to the royal patronage and people’s faith , the Matha besides becoming a Gurupeetha for the entire Gokarna-Mandala, developed a Mahasamsthana. It includes 16 seemas in the Upperghat and several places in the Lowerghat and many more disciples across India. Havyakas, Ramakshatriyas, Sheeligas, Siddhis, Marathis, Goulis, Bhandaris and Kunbis and many more are the traditional disciples of this Math in addition to devotees and theists.