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Shree Kshetra Sringeri (or Shringeri) is situated in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka.. It is located on the Western ghat section (Sahyadri mountain ranges)…. The entire region is surrounded by hills-peaks and mountains.. During rainy season the evergreen place is a treat to watch and an awesome pilgrimage center of Karnataka…
The place is very sacred since Jagadguru Shri Aadi Shankarachaarya, who is the proponent of “Advaitha philosophy” and avatar of Lord Shiva, established Sharada peethams in Sringeri itself, and in other 3 places of India.. Hence the place is both tourist and a very sacred place…
It is also said that Guru Shree VidyaaraNya(ಗುರು ವಿದ್ಯಾರಣ್ಯರು ) got the idea of Karnataka state establishment here itself… So on the whole, the place is connected with God and devotees from all over India and world throng almost everyday to the place…
The place was ruled initially by Hoysala kings, Vijayanagar kings, etc.. Like any other historical Indian temples, even this temple had to face difficulties from Mughal rule, British rule and other internal attacks where rulers followed divide and rule policies within India..
Legend associated with the place(Sthala PuraaNa):-
Once Guru Aadi Shankarachaarya attracted by the evergreen beauty of Sringeri having many hills, mountains, forest and by the pleasant and feel-good Tunga river, got into the river for bath… Since it was almost mid-day time and scorching heat of the sun, a cobra was providing shelter to a frog which was about to deliver and which was in it’s labour pains.. We always name frog and snake as enemies or rivals and usually snakes eats frogs.. But Guru Shankaraacharya saw this amazing scene and felt that this sand is so pure that the poisonous snake itself has forgotten it’s nature and has been so kind to it’s enemy frog.. And he also said that the place has it’s own spiritual importance..
Due to this incident he installed Shree-Chakra of Goddess Shree Shaarada Devi here, which is now Shaarada peetham and also stayed their for 12 years… Even now we can see the place where the snake provided shelter to the pregnant frog , which is called “Kappe Shankara”…. This story was narrated by my husband which he had heard during his childhood… and the entire story or the legend is known in kannada as “Kappe-Shankara itihaasa meaning history” or ಕಪ್ಪೆ ಶಂಕರ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಅಥವಾ ಕಪ್ಪೆ ಶಂಕರ ಐತಿಹ್ಯ ….
Deities and other halls present in the temple premises are :-
- Main diety Shree Sharada maathe
- Shree Baalasubramanya swamy
- Shree Kodanda Raama Swamy
- Baagilu/ Thorana Ganapathi — Here Lord Ganesha installed on the door , hence called baagilu or Thorana ganapathi as shown below :
- Shree Vidya Shankara — The architecture of the diety/shrine is very very ancient and a combination of Dravidian style and Vijayanagar style.. It has several pillars, chariots and different avatars of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi, Shree Sharadamba and many, have named a few…
Annasantharpane/ Mass meals— Everyday mass prasaadam meals are provided to all the devotees who visit the temple in multiple batches… The prasaadam hall is well-maintained and devotees can also donate whatever possible by them to the development of the temple…
Jagadguru Shree Chandrashekara Bhaarathi Sabhaa bhavana, Yaaga Mantapam, Guru Nivasa :: Apart from these, there is a big hall/auditorium maintained to perform different kids of pooja procedures and other functions and also yaaga mantapam.. Guru Nivas is the home of Shree Guruji who also blesses the devotees who visit the nivaas…
In my future posts will provide lyrics of various songs on Shree Shaarada devi/Goddess Saraswathi..
For now, have posted the lyrics of one famous film song called “Shaarade daye thoride” … and another song “Nambide Ninna Naadadevathe” which are dedicated to Goddess Shaaradambe, please click to check the same..
Seva List are as mentioned below:-
- Ashtottara Kumkumaarchane
- Naivedya sahitha ashtottara
- Trishati kumkumaarchane
- Sahasranaama kumkumaarchane
- Shree shaarada prasaada
- Sapthashati paarayaNa
- Saraswathi Pooje
- Panchabhaksha Neivedya
- Suprabhaatha seve
- Silver/Gold chariot Uthsava seve
- Lakshaarchane etc to name a few….
Shree Sringeri Mutt,
Sringeri, Chickmagalur District,
PIN Code – 577139.
One can also visit the official website for more information :