The Ramachandrapura Mutt is a Hindu monastery which is located in the Hosanagara Taluk, in Shivamogga (Shimoga) district in the state of Karnataka. The Mutt is located at a distance of about 6km from Hosanagara. The Matha or Mutt has followers mainly from the Havyaka Brahmins from various parts of Karnataka namely- Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Shimoga districts. The Mutt also has followers from the Kasargod district of Kerala.
The Mutt was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya close to Gokarna, which is a holy town located near the coastal areas of the state. It was initially known as the Raghuthama Matha. The Swami or the head of the Mutt is a celibate and mandatorily is a Havyaka through birth. The title of Bharathi is added to his name and he is then known with the title till his last breath. Presently, the guru is named Raghavaeshwara Bharathi and is the 36th guru.
Hindus belonging to the carpenter, husbandmen and domestic servants can approach the guru to gain permission to adorn the sacred thread and the guru is given an annual offering for this practice. The followers of the teachings of this Mutt burn their dead instead of burying them and abide by the Sraddha ceremonies to pay their respects.
Most of the social disputes that occurred within the community were sorted out in meetings conducted by the elderly members of the Mutt. These meetings were usually conducted under the guidance of the guru himself or another headman who is appointed by the guru.
The Mutt provides its visitors with a lot of knowledge about a different culture that is followed by them.
The world cattle conference was held in the Mutt and a variety of cattle are also reared in the Mutt itself.
People belonging to this community approach the Mutt and their guru to sort the problems they have. These people are also allowed to adorn the sacred thread after obtaining permission from the Guru.
The Mutt can be visited through the year as the same atmosphere and serenity of the surroundings can be obtained during any time of the year irrespective of the month or day.
The Mutt is located at Haniya in the Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga and is well connected by road till the Hosanagara Taluk. Tourists can take private vehicles to reach the Mutt thereafter.
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