Shringeri Sharadamba temple

Shringeri Sharadamba temple

The Sharadamba temple in Shringeri was established by Sri Shankaracharya when he established the Sharada Peetham Matha here. It is a beautiful temple, set in the Malnad region. Shringeri is located on the banks of the river Tunga. It is a famous pilgrimage center, and very important for the followers of Shankaracharya

Sri Shankaracharya was travelling across the country with his disciples. He reached this spot, known as Shringa Giri, because the hill here was the place of the ashram of Vibhandaka Maharishi and his great son Rishyashringa.

Adi Shankaracharya also decided to stay here and set up the Shringeri Sharada Peetham, one of the five Mathas he established in various parts of India. It is said he spent twelve years here. He is also said to have built four other temples around the Matha – Kalabhairava temple, Durga temple, Anjaneya temple and Kali temple

During the Vijayanagara period, a gold statue of Sharadamba in a seated posture was installed here. Recently, a Gopuram was added to this temple. Navaratri or Dusshera celebrations are a grand occasion here. The Goddess is taken out in procession, and thousands attend the festivities.