Jagadguru Sri Ghanalingadeva Mahaswamiji
Jagadguru Sri Ghanalinga Shivayogi, one of the most revered pontiffs of Sri Math, was anointed as the 11th pontiff of the Math in 1530. He was a noted Vachanakara (Vachana poet) and a contemporary of Sri Tontada Siddhalinga Shivayogi.
For His Holiness, the environs of the Math were conducive to reach the heights of mysticism. In one of his vachanas, he describes the Guruparamapara of the Math and his meeting with Siddhalinga Shivayogi. After spending a few years at Sri Math, Sri Ghanalinga Shivayogi travelled all over Karnataka and the neighbouring states along with Sri Thontada Siddhalinga Shivayogi.
After anointing Immadi Sri Shivarathreeswhara as his successor, His Holiness spent the twilight years of his life in the company of Sri Siddhalinga Shivayogi and attained Samadhi at Kaggare, Kunigal Taluk, Tumkur Dist, where his shrine is also situated.