T Narasipur, Aug 3: D Prahaladhacharya, former vice chancellor of Sanskrit University, Tirupati, took charge as the 41st head of Sosale Mutt, on Sunday.
In a ceremony organised at Seshachandrika Brindavan, Prahaladhacharya was renamed as Vidyasreesha Theertha.
Earlier in the day, Prahaladhacharya took a holy dip at the confluence of River Cauvery, Kabini and Spatika Sarovara and entered sainthood (sanyasadeeksha).
Minister for Muzrai Rudrappa M Lamani said that all the controversies surrounding the mutt had been resolved. The state government will hand over the administration to mutt authorities after a few days, he said.
Vidyamanohar Theertha Swami, Shubhadendra Theertha Swami of Raghavendra Mutt, successor Vidyavijaya Teertha, former Chief Justice of India M N Venkatachaliah and others were present.
Pontiff takes charge