The intellectually gifted and spiritually blessed Smārta Sāraswat-s who flourished on the banks of the River Saraswatī in the Himālayan region, north of Kurukshetra were forced to migrate initially because of the drying up of the sacred river. Subsequently, the repeated assaults made by Muslim invaders in the 15th century forced them to move southward. Upon reaching Kanarā, their loyalty, integrity and intelligence earned them high positions in the service of the royals of Nagar. But it also inspired envy and anger among other groups in the court who sought to discredit them in the eyes of the ruler. This influenced the Chief to ask the Sāraswat-s to prove their credentials and show him their Guru. Unflinching faith came to the rescue of the troubled Sāraswat-s making the elders of the community offer penance and intense prayer at the feet of Lord MahābaῙeshwara in Gokarṇa whereupon His mercy vouchsafed a vision which turned real on the following evening on the banks of the Koṭitīrtha. The sannyāsī – Shrīmat Parijñānāshram Swāmījī -who came as a divine emissary, carrying the idol of Lord Bhavānīshaṅkar (which is consecrated at the Bhanḍikerī Math) agreed to become the Guru of the Sāraswat-s and meet the ruler of Nagar.  Shrīmat Parijñānāshram Swāmījī hailed from the ‘Āshrama Sampradāya’. ‘Āshrama’ was one of the 10 lineages established by Ādi Shaṅkarāchārya to systematize the Sannỵ̣āsa Paramparā which would carry on and project the correct perception of Sanātana Dharma. Traversing the entire length and breadth of Bhāratavarsha (India) thrice on foot this ‘Advaita Sthāpanāchārya’ – Ādi Shaṅkarā - established four Maths to promote Advaita Siddhānta.  After him, His shishya-s continued His exemplary work.

While the king of Nagar acknowledged the obvious credentials of Shrīmat Parijñānāshram Swāmījī, he still wanted these to be ‘endorsed’ by the Jagadguru of Shṛṅgerī. Swāmījī, agreed to this condition as well and proceeded thereto. The officiating priests shut the temple, failing to recognize and accord due courtesy to the holy visitor who waited patiently for the deity’s darshana. The Jagadguru had a dream in which the Devī indicated what had happened and that a transgression had occurred in the Math premises. The Acharya hurried to the temple and saw for Himself how Devī Shāradāmbā had caused Her own effulgence to radiate from Swāmījī’s visage. Assured that the priests had sought forgiveness for their wrongdoing, the Jagadguru heaped honours upon Swāmījī and gladly made the official declaration sought by the Nagar King that this was, indeed, a worthy Guru of the Sāraswat Brahmins. After this formal acceptance Swāmījī returned to Gokarṇa where He established the Bhanḍikerī Math, enlightened an eager samāja for over a decade with the priceless knowledge of the scriptures and 14 days after appointing a shis̲h̲ya and telling the devotees to love and venerate the Guru, attained Mahāsamādhi.