The Govardhana matha is a monastery located in the city of Puri in Odisha (India). It is associated with the Jagannath temple and is one of the four cardinal mathas founded by Adi Shankara in the 8th century CE.
The deities here are Jagannath (Bhairava) and the devi is Vimala (Bhairavi). The mahavakya is “Prajnana Brahma”. There are Shree Vigraha of Govardhananatha and Ardhanarishwara Shiva installed by Adi Shankara in the Math.
The whole of the Eastern part of the Indian subcontinent is considered as the territory of Sri Govardhan Math. This includes the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh till Rajamundry, Odissa, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, and Uttar Pradesh till Prayag. Nepal , Bangladesh and Bhutan are also considered spiritual territory of the math . Puri , Vrindavan, Allahabad, Gaya and Varanasi are some of the holy places under this Math.
His holiness Shri Shiva Avatara Shankaracharya in Jagannatha Dhama(Puri,Odisha) established Govardhana Peetha in the year 2652 to say 486 B.C. in the Kartika Shukla Panchami. Adi Shankaracharya enthroned his first desciple Shree Padmapada Acharya Yudhisthira Samvat 2655 to say 487 B.C. in Vaishakha Shukla Dashami as the first Shankaracharya of Puri. He related Rigveda Puri Matha’s great Phrase (meaningful and understanding) is “Prajnyana Brahma”. The jurisdiction of the Math is from Nagaland, Mizoram, Bangladesh, Prayag, Nepal,Amarakantak,Rajmahendri etc.
It is the devine resposibility of all the four Shankaracharya Peeth to establish and lay foundation of Sanatana Culture to the entire world and to establish and lay the foundation of Sanatana Culture to the entire world and to establish good governance under the religious control, impartial, unexploited and acceptability to all the integrated India.