toured the whole country to propagate his version of philosophical interpretation called
Tattwavada. He shared it gladly with anybody who came to him. He taught and
trained many devotees. He wrote as many as forty books: these have been a spiritual
treasure for subsequent generations. Seemingly, they are simple in narration which even
children could understand. Actually, they are classic works which even mature scholars
have to study deeply to understand the Vedic philosophy.
Soon after becoming a sannyasin, Acharya Madhwa visited famous religious
shrines in the South includingKanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Srirangam, and Anantashayanam.
Thrice he travelled up to Badarinath shrine in the snowy Himalayas. He dedicated his first
work Gita Bhashya to Guru Vedavyasa at Badari. He stayed there for sometime
and wrote commen- taries on Brahmasutras.
Wherever he went, people were highly pleased with his wonderful discourses. It was a
time when the influence of Islam was spreading; Christianity too was making headway. The
country was facing a piquant situation under these alien religious influences. Besides,
the Indian people themselves were helpless spectators to squabbles among their own
religious sects, various castes, creeds etc. The Acharya toured the country at such a time
of disturbed philosophical situation and brought reassurance to the people. They were
impressed with this saint and listened to his discourses with devout attention. His
following steadily grew.
Upon the return of the Acharya to Udupi, his Guru Achyutaprajna also read his
disciples commentary on the Gita.
He discussed with the Acharya about some doubts that had arisen in his mind and,
satisfied, he himself became a follower of Acharya Madhwa. Thus, this 'shishya who
offered initiation to his own Guru earned a permanent place in the hearts of the people.
The Acharyas prime disciple was Padmanabhacharya. There were also eight other
intimate disciples: Hrishikeshatirtha, Nrisimhatirtha, Janardanatirtha, Upendratirtha,
Vamanatirtha, Vishnutirtha, Ramatirtha and Adhokshajatirtha. These eight saints later
became the founders of the Ashta-mathas (eight mutts) at Udupi.