sringeri

                                                             Sringeri, a photo trip

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Sringeri is a hill town and taluk headquarters located in Chikkamagaluru district in the Indian state of Karnataka, is the site of the first matha (Sringeri Sharada Peeta) established by Adi Shankara, Hindu theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in the 8th century CE It is located on the banks of the river Tungā.

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Sringeri is home to a number of historic temples. Of these, Sri Sharadamba temple and Sri Vidyashankara temple are very prominent.

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                                                              Vidyashankara Temple

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The Vidyashankara temple was built in commemoration of the pontiff Vidyashankara, around 1357-58 C.E. It was built by Vidyaranya, patron-saint of Harihara and Bukka, the brothers who founded the Vijayanagara empire.

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The niches in the temple have a number of sculptures from Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythologies.

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Inscriptions in the temple record contributions made by several Vijayanagara emperors but the temple was probably built on an earlier Hoysala site as it combines Hoysala and Vijayanagara architectural features.

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Thetemple architecture is also an exhibition of the astronomical expertise of medieval south Indian temple builders.

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The main temple hall features 12 pillars designated for the 12 signs of the zodiac.

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Windows and doors along the temple walls are arranged such that equinoxes sunrise views reach the deity.

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The northern and southern gates enable the sunrise view from the hall during solstices

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Sringeri is a typical Malnad region, the best time to visit is between October and March.

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