SringeriSringeri | Karnataka | India
Sringeri is a rich, green land in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Legend has it that Adi Shankaracharya selected it as the spot to build his mutta after he saw something remarkable on his arrival at Sringeri. While wandering on the banks of the Tunga river, he saw a cobra spreading its hood to protect […]
Sringeri is a rich, green land in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Legend has it that Adi Shankaracharya selected it as the spot to build his mutta after he saw something remarkable on his arrival at Sringeri. While wandering on the banks of the Tunga river, he saw a cobra spreading its hood to protect a pregnant frog from the harsh sun. Struck by the benevolence of the cobra towards its natural enemy, the Shankaracharya felt that Sringeri was truly unique. Today, his Sharda Peetham is visited by thousands of devotees every day. Other places to visit at Sringeri include the famous Vidya Shankar Temple and Sarada Temple. The Vidya Shankar temple is famous for its 12 pillars which are said to coincide with the zodiac signs. In addition, the temple is built as per astronomical concepts.
Kere Anjaneya Temple Tourists can reach this pilgrim site by climbing a total of 27 steps. Upon reaching this temple, pilgrims can see a giant idol of Lord Hanuman and a shrine of Lord Shiva as well as Lord Ganesha. The Lord Hanuman statue placed inside this temple is giving blessing with its right hand while a lotus is there in its other hand.
Vidhya Sangara Temple This temple showcases Dravidian, Chalukyan, Southern Indian and Vijayanagara architectural style. Tourists can see many inscriptions that depict the contributions of Vijayanagara Empire. This rectangular temple comprises 12 pillars that are famous as the Zodiac Pillars. All these pillars display carvings of the twelve zodiac signs, which were designed considering the astronomical concepts.
Adi Shankara Temple that is considered as one of the prime attractions of the destination. This temple is dedicated to Sage Adi Shankaracharya, who is known for spreading Adwaitha beliefs. A beautiful and magnificent Adi Shankaracharya statue positioned on a two feet high peetham can be seen at this temple. This idol is in a yogasana posture and is placed right in front of the lingam. In the temple premises, tourists can see four statues of Shankaracharya followers. Religious activities like panchamrita abhishekha, archana and rudra abhishekha are usually performed in this temple. Pilgrims can visit Adi Shankara Temple from 7 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm.