Sringeri (Karnataka) Back   Home  
Tranquility, woods, sanctity, legendary - these are some of the words that can describe Sringeri. The place is actually Srunga Giri, derived from the name of the saint Rusha Srunga, who lived during the Ramayana time. The place is actually famous because it has Sri Sarada Samsthanam established by the holi saint Adi Shankaracharya (688 AD - 720 AD). Other three places where he established similar pithas are Badrinath, Puri and Dwaraka in the North, East and Western India respectively.

The place mainly has Vidya Shankara temple and Sringeri Math other than the main Sarada temple. The temple of Vidya Shankara is surrounded with lot of sculptures, most of them are of incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The temple is of very old South Indian architecture. River Tunga flows adjacent to this temple, adding to the beauty of the place. There is a bathing ghat and a bridge connecting to the other side of the river, which has the garden and Math of Swamijis. The main temple of Sri Sarada is in the same compund as Vidya Sankara temple. The interir architecture is of typical South Indian style. Shankaracharya has installed the main idol of Goddess Sarada holding a book in her hand. Many people bring their children here for performing the learining ceremony or aksharabhyasam.
Arial view of the temple   Goddess Sarada

There is a Shiva temple in the town atop a hill wherefrom one can witness the boundaries of Sringeri and forest spread around. This temple is of typical Kerla architecture. There is a place called Kigga located at around 10 km from Sringeri. This is the place where Rusha Srunga has meditated. Near to this place is Sirimane falls, the trek to which is purely adventerous. Agumbe is located at 25 km from Sringeri, which is the second maximum rainfall-receiving place in India after Cherapunji, Meghalaya. Other places to see around are Kudremukh - 65 km, which is a beautiful hill station and also has an iron ore industry. Horanadu is the abode of Goddess Annapoorneswari amidst a thick forest.

Sringeri is reachable by bus from Bangalore, Mangalore, Chikamagalur and other important places of Karnataka. Accomodation is easily available at temple cottages. There are many small, but neat hotels that provide tasty food. Many cooks settled in other cities of Karnataka are from Sringeri. Lastly, this place is famous for Ayurvedic medicinal extracts, dry fruits and spices.

Courtesy: Mr.Udaya Kiran M