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This question is specific to kukke Subramanya temple present in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka (refer : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukke_Subramanya_Temple).

The main presiding deity is Subramanya i,e, a Shaiva deity. But the governing mutt belongs to Madhwa sampradaya i.e. Vaishnava sampradaya. Does anyone know the reason for this? Just curious to know the real history.

Also, as per temple history, Adi Shankaracharya stayed here during his digvijaya yatra and composed strotra praising the deity. So why not a Shankara mutt in this place? Just curious to know the real history. No question of hurting any faith here.

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    Just for information Adi shankaracharya's aradhya devta was Shriman Narayana and Advita is a Vaishnava philosophy, which is extended to shaivism by later acharyas by using/exploiting the Panchayatan system which includes, Sauras, Ganpatas, Shaivas, Shaktas, and Vaishnavas.So if adi Shankaracharya would have established mutt there they might be vaishnava's as well, and would be later converted to Shaivas. – Yogi May 17 '16 at 20:58
  • @Yogi Can you provide me proper references proving that AdiShankaracharya's Aaradhya Devata was Lord Vishnu? – The Destroyer May 18 '16 at 4:21
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    @TheDestroyer you can read the Bramha Sutra bhasya by adi shankaracharya sacred-texts.com/hin/sbe34/index.htm there are many proofs there itself. To be specific you can read bhaja govindam as it was a spontaneous creation on the banks of Ganges at Kashi, While he saw an old Bramhin teaching Grammer to kids for making his living. The lyrics speak about his devotion towards shriman narayana. – Yogi May 18 '16 at 18:36
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    I think its improper to label Adi Shankara as Vaishnava or Shaiva. He proposed advaita which is oneness or beyond all dualities – abhishek May 20 '16 at 8:51
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    Hi if u know kannada then there is a book "kukke shri subrahmanya mattu mareyada siddhivinaya devaru" in a fight of sthanika(shaiva)brahmins and madhwas stahanikas lost kukke temple nothing else upto 1845 it was with shaivates then only they took over – user6841 Jun 9 '16 at 13:18
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Kukke subrahmanya temple was older than Adi shankara.. And composed him a hym bhaje kukke lingam.. But after going on madhwacharya converted this shivalli Brahmins in to his dwaitha tradition..and constructed a mutt near temple..

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An empty branch of Sringeri Mutt is still there besides samputa Narasimha mutt in kukke subramanya. ( Reference )

Due to Regulating act from East India Company temple administration was transferred from Shiva Brahmins to Madhwa brahmins [Reference (This book written by Madhwa Brahmin)]

For more detail about fate of Shiva Brahmins can refer this Book Tulunadina Itihasadalli

EndNote: From past history we can see that for every 300 to 400 year Temple administration is changed in south canara region from Aboriginals to Jains and different sects of brahmins and now everyone peacefully coexist.

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