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Sringeri

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"A natural and spiritual paradise"

Sringeri Tourism

Sringeri or Shringeri, as it is called is a hill town located in the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka. It is the site of the first Matha- Sringeri Sharada Peeta, established by Adi Shankara- the great Indian theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in 8th century CE.

Adi Shankara, also known as Adi Shankaracharya was born either in a village named Kaladi in the state of Karnataka, or in a place called Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu (debatable, as per different texts), and travelled throughout the Indian subcontinent. He propagated his philosophies and established the principles of monastic life- as per the traditions sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutras. He is credited for finding the four mathas (apart from Sringeri) in the northern (Jyotirmath, near Badrinath), eastern (Puri) and western (Dwarka) quarters of India- thus promoting historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta.

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Historic significance of Sringeri

According to popular folk tales, Adi Shankaracharya is said to have selected Sringeri to settle and preach. This is because when he was walking by the Tunga river, he saw a cobra with a raised hood, providing shelter from the hot sun to a frog about to spawn. Impressed with the place where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts, he stayed here for twelve years.

Etymology

The name 'Sringeri' is derived from the name 'Rishyashringa griri', a small hill nearby that is said to have contained the heritage of Rishyashringa and his father Rishi Vibhandaka. As per an episode in the Bala-Kanda Ramayana, Guru Vashishtha had narrated as to how Rishyashringa had brought rains to the drought-stricken kingdom of Romapada.

Legend

As per legends, Adi Shankara was once walking by the Tunga river, when he saw a cobra with a raised hood who was providing shelter to a frog from the hot sun, who was about to spawn. Impressed by this place, where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts to help each other, he decided to stay here and teach his disciples. Adi Shankara ended up staying in Sringeri for twelve years.

Four Guardian Temples

Adi Shankara had created four guardian temples on all four sides of the Sringeri village-
  • Kala Bhairava temple in the East- dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairava, a fiercer form of Lord Shiva- representing the march of time.
  • Kere Anjaneya temple in the West-dedicated to Sri Anjaneya, carved on a rock inside a cave.
  • Kalikamba temple in the North - dedicated to Devi Kalikamba, a beautiful form of the Goddess.
  • Durgamba temple in the South- dedicated to Devi Durgamba, also known as 'Vana (forest) Durga', owing to its remote location in the woods.

Restaurants and Local Food in Sringeri

The options for food in this temple town aren't elaborate though you should be able to find a handful of eating places serving local and popular foods. You can also travel to nearby cities for a more flattering range of options. However, what almost stands out in the town's platter is its famous traditional sweet called Sringeri Halwa that you must try, while here. Other than this you may find local delicacies like Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit Adhishakthyathmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple, Annapoorneshwari Temple, Sirimane Falls and Adi Shankara Temples.
Day 2- Visit Vidyashankara Temple, Koodlu Teertha Falls, Agumbe Ghat and Jogigunde Falls.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Great pilgrimage site. Picturesque waterfalls.

What's Not So Great?

Difficult to access. Summers can be harsh.

For Whom?

Sringeri is a great place for pilgrims and those living in and around Tamil Nadu.

How To Reach Sringeri

Sringeri does not have its own airport or railway station, the nearest airport being at Mangalore and railway station at Udupi. Sringeri is at a distance of 110 km from Mangalore, 95 km from Shimoga, 85 km from Chikmagalur and 80 km from Udupi. Buses are available from Bangalore, Mangalore and Udupi.

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BHARATH CHANDRA 11 months ago
Beautiful location. Nice view. Chikmagaluru, green area from chikmagaluru to Sringeri. 90 Rupees ticket. Free food at 12:15PM and at 7:15PM
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