Madhva ( Sanskrit: मध्व Madhva [ mʌd̪ ʱ ʋʌ ] ) or Madhvacharya ( मध्व Madhwacharya [ mʌd̪ ʱ ʋɑ ː ː tʃɑ rjʌ ]; * to 1238, † 1317 ) was an Indian philosopher and founder of the Dvaita School of Vedanta. He was born near Udupi in Karnataka today.

Details of his life are found in the hagiography Madhvavijaya of Narayana Panditacarya, one of his followers. In Mathas or monasteries that follow the Dvaita are also other, sometimes epigraphic sources available to his life.

According to tradition, Madhva to have become at an early age sannyasin. He studied Advaita, but was very unhappy with this. He decided to form their own religious tradition, based on his realistic - theistic view and a new theology included.

In debates in South India, which he held while traveling, he developed polemics against Advaita, and then began to make a literary career. His main work is the Anuvyakhyana, which refers to the Brahmasutras. Among his many writings are also comments to the Mahabharata, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita to.

Madhva also took trips to North India to guide debates, and reached it many converts. The line of Madhva gurus whose first it was founded 700 years ago continues to this day. To this day, the Asta Mathas have received that were originally in Udupi of Madhva's followers.