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A town in the hills of Karnataka, once patronized by the Vijayanagara dynasty. As one of the four Daśanāmi maṭhas (monasteries) founded, according to tradition, by Śaṅkara in the 8th century ce, it is an important centre for both Śaivism and Advaita Vedānta. A number of famous Śaṅkarācāryas have held the seat, including Sureśvara and Mādhava.

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