The Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri (Shringa giri in Sanskrit) is an 8th-century temple, founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It housed a sandalwood statue of Shardamba in a standing posture, which was installed by Adi Shankarachaya until the Vijayanagara rulers and Sri Vidyaranya (12th Jagadguru) installed a seated gold statue of Sri Shardamba in the 14th century.
The Sharada temple, dedicated to the Goddess of learning and wisdom, has grown from a simple shrine dating to the time of Adi Shankaracharya. In the fourteenth century, Vidyaranya is said to have replaced the old sandalwood image with a stone and gold image. The temple structure itself continued to be made of wood till the early 20th century. After an unexpected fire that damaged the structure, the current structure was built in the traditional south Indian style of temple architecture.
How to Reach
Sringeri can also be reached from Mangalore which is at distance of 105 kilometers by road via Karkala. KSRTC operates AC and Non AC luxury buses from Bengaluru. Other travels like SRS and Sugama operate buses from Bengaluru. Sringeri is situated at a distance of 86 kilometres from Chikmagalur by road. Chikkamagaluru is connected to Bengaluru and other cities through road and a rail line via Kadur.
It is 95 km from Shimoga which is connected to Bengaluru through Bus and Rail routes. Private buses are operated from Sringeri to Shimoga with good frequency.