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Sringeri Sharada Peetham (86 km from Chikmagalur)

Published Date: 10-May-2024

Also known as Sri Sri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam, Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, this is among the chief Hindu monastic institutions that treasure and propagate the non-dualism doctrine, or Advaita Vedanta and Sanatana Dharma. Established by Sri Adi Sankara, an 8th-century saint and philosopher, the Peetham has witnessed many eras and reigns – including Vijayanagara, Keladi, Maratha, and the British. Apart from its rich heritage, it draws tourists with its melting pot of different architectural styles, though Vijayanagara and Hoysala are dominant. The Peetham features two main temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Saraswati. Intricate sculptures and carvings depicting gods and goddesses from the Vedic age and stories from Puranas, impressive pillars, and ancient antechambers make for a stunning look here. Goddess Saraswati sits in a beautiful golden chariot inside the Vidya Shankara Temple and is a memorable sight.

  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Timings: The timings for Sri Sharadamba Temple, Sri Vidyashankara and Sri Torana Ganapati Temples, Sri Malahaneekareswara Temple, and temples inside the Srimath Complex vary. Please check the website. 
  • Ideal duration: 2 – 3 hours
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: You can fly to Mangalore Airport and then hire a cab to reach Sringeri.
    • By Train: Reach Udupi Railway Station first and then take a taxi.
    • By Road: Board a KSRTC bus from Mangalore, Bangalore, Shimoga, Udupi or Chikmagalur to reach Sringeri.
  • Best for: It is among the best places to visit in Chikmagalur with family.
  • Tip: Dress modestly during the visit to the temple.
  • Nearby Attractions: Mullayanagiri, Chennakesava Temple, Sri Mookambika Temple
  • Nearby Restaurants: The Estate Cafe, The Kalyani Bar, Wheelz Cafe, Mirra, Food Land, Taj Lazeezia Restaurant
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.8 rating and 9,200 reviews

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