Sri Sharadamba Temple Sringeri is the famous Hindu temple in Karnataka, in Sringeri. The Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Saraswathi(Goddess of Knowledge). The temple was founded in the 8th century by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. The Devi is of sandalwood statue of Sharadhamba of standing posture. After the rule of the Vijayanagara empire, the Devi was seated with Gold statue by 12th Jagadguru Sri Vidyaranya. There is a story that there as a frog who was at the bank of river Tunga, and a snake gave shelter to the frog by avoiding the sunn became the umbrella, this is believed that Shankara has envisioned this holiest place where the snake gave shelter. There is a sculpture carved at the place where the mythological story was visioned, that is called as ” KAPPE SHANKARA”.
The temple was renovated during the 14th-16th century when it was ruled by the Vijayanagara Empire. By his holiness Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Swamiji,Sri Sringeri Sharadha suprabhata was adopted in the 1970’s. Veda Bhrama is who composed the very famous Sree Sharadha Suprabatha Stotram. The Sri Sharadamba Temple Sringeri is one of the best place to visit, and the place is filled with holiness n peace.
Significance of the Sringeri Temple
It is believed that Lord Shiva gifted the crystal Chandramouleeshwara Linga to Sri Adi Shankaracharya. The Linga can still be visited and the Chandramouleeshwara Pooja is performed for the Linga every Friday night at 8:30 PM. It is believed that Goddess Sharadambika is the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, who came to Earth as Ubhaya Bharathi. It is a common faith that by worshiping her, one can receive blessings of Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu along with Parvati, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. The ritual of Aksharabhyasa performed here is considered to be sacred and fulfilling. The parents of kids in the age of 2-5 are given a slate and chalk or alternatively, a plate of rice on which they pray to Goddess Saraswati and the Guru to impart good knowledge and education to their children.
Sightseeing in and around Sringeri
How to Reach Sringeri
The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport at a distance of 105 kms.
The city Shimoga which is at a distance of 95 kms from Sringeri is well connected to Bangalore through the rail route. Sringeri is at a distance of 86 kms from Chikkamagaluru which is connected to Bangalore through a rail line via Kadur.
The town can be reached from Mangalore or Chikkamagaluru by a well-connected road network. Udupi is also at a distance of 80 kms. Various private and KSRTC buses ply from Bangalore as well as Sringeri to Shimoga.