His Holiness Jagadguru Dr. Sri. Shivarthri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the 23rd Pontiff of the Srimath was born on 29.08.1916 and ascended the holy seat on 24.02.1928 when he was hardly twelve years. He took up the responsibilities of the Srimath along with his guru manthra Maharshi Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Mahaswamiji.
A Firm believer in the good of one and all he was at the helm of affiants of the Srimath for more than half a century a period full of events and activities. He sought nothing but welfare of all.
He completed his primary education at suttur and took to studying sanskrit in mysuru at his young age. To pursue higher education Swamji went to Varanasi. However as per the desire of his predecessor His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Mahaswamiji and Sri Gowrishankara Mahaswamiji of Panchagavi Math he returned to Mysore to continue studies and involved in social service He was a scholar in Kannada, Sanskrit and a patron of art and literature.
His Holiness was a great visionary who even at the tender age of 12, initiated the establishment of a boarding home for poor students from rural areas under the auspices of the Math. This beginning made way to the establishment of JSS Mahavidyapeetha. This institution has spread its wings across the nation and foreign countries, much of what has been achieved by JSS Mahavidyapeetha is a direct result of the dynamic leadership provided by His Holiness.
Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadeyar conferred on His Holiness the title of ‘Rajagurutilaka’ in 1970 as a recognition of his immense contribution to society. His Holiness attained heavenly abode on 6th December 1986 and his shrine can be visited at Suttur. Posthumously, His Holiness was awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Mysore in 1989.