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One of the holiest and most important Hindu pilgrim centres, Sringeri was the site of the first of the four Peethas (centres) established by the great sage Adi Shankaracharya, the founder of the Advaita philosophy. Sringeri has the Sharadamba Temple dedicated to Sharadamba, Goddess of Learning and Wisdom. The temple is famed for the matchless beauty of the idol. Nearby is the Vidyashankara Temple which is an architectural marvel – its 12 sculpted pillars, each representing a sign of the zodiac, are placed so that the sun’s rays fall on each successively, in the order of the solar months
Major temples in Sringeri:
Sri Sharadamba Temple: Goddess Sharade is associated with knowledge, music, art and wisdom. Sri Sharadamba temple in Sringeri has a golden idol of Goddess Sharade and other temples dedicated to Torana Ganapathy, Adi Shankaracharya, Mahalaya Brahma, KodandaramaSwamy, Hanuman (Anjaneya), Garuda etc
Sri Vidyashankara Temple: Built entirely from stone in the 14th century, Sri Vidyashankara temple features Hoysala+Dravidian style architecture. The inner sanctum (Garbha Griha) of Sri Vidyashankara temple has Vidya Ganapathi, Goddess Durga, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.
Places to visit near Sringeri: Agumbe (30 kms), Sirimane falls (12 kms), Kundadri (28 kms), Kavishaila (40 kms) and Horanadu (54 kms) are other places of interest to visit along with Sringeri.
How to reach Sringeri Sringeri is 320 kms from Bengaluru and 111 kms from Mangaluru (nearest airport). Shivamogga is the nearest railway station (90 kms). Sringeri has direct bus service from Bengaluru. Buses are available from Shivamogga and Mangaluru to reach Sringeri.
Places to stay near Sringeri: Sringeri temple management runs basic accommodation facility for devotees. Budget stay options are available in Sringeri town.
Official website is https://www.sringeri.net/