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
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
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