Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sri Sharada Temple, Sringeri.

Sringeri, also known as ‘Sringa Giri’ is located at a distance of 90 kms from Chickmagalur town on the banks of river Tunga.

Goddess Sharada, the presiding deity at Sringeri Temple has been consecrated by the Great Adi Shankaracharya. Goddess Sharada is worshipped for excellence in Learning, Knowledge.

Sringeri is known as the place of Learning. Sringeri also has an ancient temple of Vidyashankara, which is a fine example of artistic transition from Hoysala to Vijayanagara style of architecture.

Built in 1357 AD, the Structure of the temple is enriched with carvings of various big and small Hindu gods enshrined in niches with ornamental towers. A linga has been installed in the memory of Guru Vidyatheertha in the Sanctum sanctorum of the temple. To the north of this temple is a more recent temple built by skilled craftsmen of the 20 the century and houses the highly venerated Sharadamba image. The new temple is built in the Dravidian style. A small 14th century temple of Janardhana close by is attributed to the Vijayanagara period.
Apart from the temples of Sri Sharada and Sri Vidyashankara, which attract devotees from all parts of the country, the Shrine of Sri Malahanikareshwara is not only known for its age old antiquity, but also as an important shrine which the Acharya Himself venerates and worships on special occassions.
The mode of worship at Sringeri is characterized by reciting of Vedic Hymns and flowers of all kinds.
The place is accessible by Air, Road and Rail as well. the nearest airport one has to board or alight from a flight is Mangalore - 110 Kms.


  1. Hi Ganesh, What a magnificent looking temple we dont have anything like it in Australia,

  2. The inside of this famous temple has a number of pillars (sorry can't remember the number - should be 12), which are sculptural marvels in their own right. As the sun shifts across the equator the light that passes through the main door of the temple strikes on the respective pillars that represent the various months, shines a beam through the mouth of the animal on each pillar, a beam that strikes on the floor of the temple that has a huge astronomical chart, and strikes directly on where the earth should be in relation to the sun, and other planets i think. See it for yourself to believe it!



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