Shringeri Sharadamba Mandir

October 27, 2022 by admin0

  

The Temple

Shringeri Sharadamba Mandir one of the famous pilgrimage centers in Karnataka. Goddess Sharda Devi is the deity here. Lord Sharda Devi is the goddess of knowledge, music, and arts. Sringeri is a taluk located in the Chikmagalur district in the state of Karnataka. Sringeri Sharada Temple – Sringeri, Karnataka situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River.

A Hindu temple in India, this is famous for the matchless beauty of the idol. Nearby is the Vidyashankar Temple which is an architectural marvel – its 12 sculpted pillars, each representing the sign of the zodiac, so that the sun’s rays fall on each in the order of the solar months.

Shringeri Sharadamba Mandir

Built entirely of stone in the 14th century, the Sri Vidyashankar Temple has Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture. The inner sanctum (garbha griha) of Shri Vidyashankar Temple houses Vidya Ganapati, Goddess Durga, Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar.

 

History

The Shringeri Sharadamba Mandir (Shringa Giri in Sanskrit) at Sringeri is an 8th-century temple, founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It contained a sandalwood sculpture of Shardamba in standing posture, which  installed by Adi Shankara until the rulers of Vijayanagara and Sri Vidyaranya (12th Jagadguru) installed a seated gold statue of Sri Shardamba in the 14th century. The idol was not installed.

On the day of Vyasa Puja, the Jagadguru first worships Sri Sharadambala in the morning, visits other temples, and then performs Vyasa Puja in the presence of his disciples at Narasimhavanam. If Sri Adi Shankara considered to be an incarnation of Shiva, then Sringeri Jagadguru is considered to be an incarnation of both Shiva and Vishnu. Visiting the Jagadguru of Sringeri during the months of Chaturmas  considered very auspicious.

Legend

It believed that Shankara conceived this place as the holiest place where a snake was in the form of an umbrella to protect a pregnant frog from the hot sun during its delivery. To commemorate this event, there is an idol known as Kappe Shankara at the feet of the Tunga River.

It believed to be the first place where Shankara founded one of the four major mathas. According to Hindu mythology, this place associated with Rishi Rishyasringa, son of Vibhandakamuni. He did severe penance at this place, which gave him the name Sringeri. The temple renovated during the rule of the Vijayanagara Empire during the 14-16th century and later during 1916.

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