At a village called Pajaka near Udipi, Madhwacharya was born in a Brahmin family. Madhyageha Bhatta and Vedavathi were his parents. He was named Thulu Vasudeva.. he was a devotee of Vishnu and he propounded his new religion through his various Sanskrit works. They include `Brahmasutra Bhasya’, Geeta Bhasya,’ Vishnutattwa Nirnaya’ and `Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya’.
Madhwacharya propounded Dualism or Dwaita. He argued that man and Brahma (God) are world is illusory. This world is as real as Brahma. But here God alone is an independent entity. The humans are dependent on God and do not have an independent existence. Between God and man the relationship is that between a master and a servant. He considered Vishnu or Narayana as the supreme (Sarvottama) God.
By intense devotion to Vishnu humans can achieve elevation or salvation, he taught. Madhwacharya had a wide following in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Maharasthra. The eight Mathas at Udipi (where the Acharya founded a Krishna temple), the Uttaradi Matha, and the Raghavendra matha at Mantralaya Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh are the major centers of this religion. The Vallabha Pantha of Gujarat and the Chaithanya Pantha of Bengal were influenced by this cult. Purandardasa is a prominent saint of this school.