On the picturesque banks of Tunga river, the first matha of Advaita Philosophy was established by Sri Sankaracharya. It is from then Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetha has been one of the prominent holy places in Karnataka. The hill town of Shringeri carries a jubilant aura that is soothing for every visitor.
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Sringeri has long preserved the age-old legacy of Adi Shankara and remains as one of the prominent places in Chikmagalur. The Sharadamba Temple, Vidhyashakara Temple, Torana Ganapathi templeand Tunga River are the major attractions at this temple complex.
Shringeri temple complex is vast and inviting. As we enter through the main gate, the tranquil surroundings along with Sharadamba Temple and the Vidhyashankara Temple comes into the picture.
Devotees have to visit Torana Ganapati before going to Sharadamba Temple in Sringeri. Torana Ganapati has an interesting tale behind its creation. Some years ago, the 32nd guru of the math was residing near to Sharadamba Temple. Once Lord Ganesha appeared in his dreams while he was thinking about a math issue. So, he immediately worshipped the Ganesha carved on the Torana of a door near his residence. It is from that time Torana Ganapati has got a lot of importance.
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Sharamdamba Temple in Sringeri!
Sharadamba is another name of Goddess Saraswathi (Goddess of Knowledge). She is one of the most prominent Goddesses in the Hindu mythology. Sri Sharadamba Temple was founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. A sandalwood idol Shringeri Sharadamba was installed by Shankaracharya. Later in the 14th century, the temple was renovated and a golden statue of Sharadamba was installed in the temple.
Vidhya Shankara Temple
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The Vidhya Shankara Temple
The Vidhya Shankara Temple dates back to Vijayanagara Empire. Its beautiful architecture is one of the landmarks of Shringeri. This ancient temple is a unique heritage because it is built with astrological elements. Meaning, 12 pillars are designated with zodiac signs. Also the windows and doors are built in such a way the the sun rays will directly fall on the Shiva idol inside the sanctum. Interestingly, the sun rays will fall on each of the pillars in the order of twelve solar months. Hence, this ancient Shiva Temple is one of the must-visit attractions in Sringeri.
Apart from the temples, there is one place which you should not miss in Shringeri. Yeah, don't miss out on visiting the banks of Tunga River. Since, this river basin is considered as sacred, fishing is not allowed in the river at the shrine. Watching the fishes in Tunga River at Sringeri is a enjoyable. Visitors can also feed these fishes and watch them jumping to catch the food.
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A journey to Sringeri is a must! You can also meet the temple elephant which goes around in the temple during the evenings. The beautiful heritage along with the aura of divinity engulfs you at this holy place. You must also visit Sringeri during Dasara only to witness a more electrifying place!
Shringeri During Dasara
Dasara is one of the important festivals celebrated across India. It is the festival which celebrates the victory of Goddess Kali who killed the Demon Mahishasura. This 10-day festival marks the 10-day battle between Goddess Kali and the demon. Mahishasura was killed on the 10th day, which is called as Vijaya Dashami.
Navarathri is one of the biggest festivals in Shringeri. Goddess Sharadamba is grandly decorated with ornaments and colourful vastra (clothing) during all these 10-days. The whole temple premises is covered in lights and special poojas are performed during Navarathri.
The tradition of Shrannavarathri was started by Adi Shankara. It is observed with the same fervour even to this day. The Sringeri Sharada Peeta is now headed by Sri Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswamiji who performs the special poojas to Sringeri Sharadamba during Navarathri. The festival rejoicies the victory of good over evil and also the 'feminine power'.
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Tourist Places Near Sringeri
Sirimane Falls (Kigga Falls and Kigga Temple), Horanadu, Kudremukha and Hanumanagundi Falls are some of the tourist places near Sringeri.
How to Reach Sringeri
Sringeri is around 95km from Shimoga and is well-connected to all the major cities of Karnataka.
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