ABOUT SRINGERI :

  

Legend

According to legend, Adi Shankaracharya is said to have selected the site as the place to stay and teach his disciples, because   when he was walking by the Tunga River, he saw a cobra with a raised hood, providing shelter from the hot sun, to a frog about   to spawn. Impressed with the place where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts, he stayed here for twelve years. Adi   Shankaracharya also established mathas in the northern (at Jyotirmath, near Badrinath), eastern (at Puri) and western (at   Dwaraka) quarters of India. Sri Shankara Temple at Sringeri.

 Zodiac Pillars (Rashistambhas)

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  Devi Sharada Temple

  The Goddess is seated on Sri Chakra Peetam holding a Japa Mala in Her upper right hand with a parrot perched on top of the hand. The lower   right hand shows Chin Mudra. While the upper left hand holds the Amirtha Kalasam, the lower left hand has a book. The sandalwood image of   the Goddess, installed by Adi Sankara, was replaced by a golden idol about 700 years ago by Sri Vidyaranya. 
  
  On the southern Prakara, the processional deity of Devi Sharada is placed on Vyagyana Simhasana. 

  Shakti Ganapati with 10 hands and Shakti on his left thigh is enshrined on the western Prakara. Bhuvaneshwari, a Panchaloha image, has a   shrine to the west of Devi Sharada`s sanctum. In the front mandap, the beautiful images of Rajarajeshwari and Mahishasuramardhini are eye   catching. the 35 foot tall Deepa Sthamba is seen outside the Devi shrine. 
  
  A small shrine dedicated to Sri Janardhana with Sieve and Booed is located here. There are other temples here too, such as, the Brindavana of   Sri Sureshwaracharya, a disciple of Adi Sankara and the first Peetathipathi of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam.

 
 

  On Fridays and during Navaratri the image of Devi Sharada is taken round the temple in a silver ratha. Pilgrims throng to witness this and offer   worship.

 

 

  Adi Sankara Temple

  The shrine of Sri Adi Sankara is to the left of the Sharada shrine. The image of Sri Sankara is seen on a 2 foot high Peetam in Yogasana   posture with a Lingam in front of him. The images of his 4 disciples are near the Peetam. 

  In the front hall religious discourses are held regularly. These are attended by a large number of devotees. The graceful presence of the   Swamiji elevates the divine and spiritual atmosphere

  Vidya Shankar Temple

  This Sri Chakra-shaped shrine is a jewel on the crown of Sringeri. A sculptured treasure house, it reflects a blend of Vijayanagara, Hoysala and   Dravidian temple architecture. The shrine was constructed by Bharathi Krishna Theertha, a disciple of Sri Vidya Sankara Theertha, some 700   years ago. The outer wall of this temple is a specimen of great craftsmanship. In the sanctum there is a Lingam dedicated to Sri Vidya Sankara,   who entered Samadhi at this particular place. He had ordained his disciples to open the Samadhi only at the end of 12 years when they would   find an image of Chaturmurthi Vidyeswara similar to the one in Simhagiri shrine. However, they opened the Samadhi before the completion of   this period only to find the Lingam. 


  There are 12 pillars representing the 12 Rasis, their Devatas and symbols. It is amazing to note that every month, the Sun`s rays fall on a   particular pillar representing that month. An idol of Saniswara is kept in oil.

  Narasimhavanam

  A new bridge constructed across Tunga river leads the devotees to the abode of Sri Mahasannidhanam. Pujas are performed for Lord   Chandramouleeswara. Streams of devotees gather here daily to have darshan of the Swamiji. The present Peetathipathi is Sri Bharathi   Theertha Swamiji. There are also Brindavanams of the previous Peetathipathis in a marble mandap.

  Malahanikareswara Temple

  A new bridge constructed across Tunga river leads the devotees to the abode of Sri Mahasannidhanam. Pujas are performed for Lord   Chandramouleeswara. Streams of devotees gather here daily to have darshan of the Swamiji. The present Peetathipathi is Sri Bharathi   Theertha Swamiji. There are also Brindavanams of the previous Peetathipathis in a marble mandap.

  Rishyashringeshwaram

  A new bridge constructed across Tunga river leads the devotees to the abode of Sri Mahasannidhanam. Pujas are performed for Lord   Chandramouleeswara. Streams of devotees gather here daily to have darshan of the Swamiji. The present Peetathipathi is Sri Bharathi   Theertha Swamiji. There are also Brindavanams of the previous Peetathipathis in a marble mandap.