Southern India is a heavenly abode of magnificent monuments, standing majestically from ages. The architecture of the South Indian monuments is breathtakingly beautiful and grand. From Dravidian architecture to Vijayanagara style of architecture, from elaborate pillars of Chalukyas to minute stone carvings by Krishnadevaraya, each monument has a different tale to tell. From tall, intricately carved gopurams to majestic pillars and life-sized shrines, these South Indian temples are rich in legend and stunning in their grandeur.
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.
Morning at 6.30 AM, pickup from Bangalore and proceed to Sringeri. Enroute, visit Belur Temple. Belur is a town popular for its Chennakeshava temple. The Chennakeshava Temple at Belur is one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana. Then proceed to Hiremagalur, near Chikmagalur. Hiremagalur is well known for its Kodandarama Temple, which depicts Rama, his consort Sita, and brother Lakshmana, as they would have appeared according to a Hindu wedding procession, with Sita to the right of Rama. This is different from popular renderings of the trio, where Sita appears to Rama's left. Then proceed to Sringeri. Sringeri is well known town in Karnataka for its temple Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada Peetam. It is also known as Sringeri Sharada Peetham. It is one of the four Hindu Advaita mutts established by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya. On arrival at Sringeri, check in to the hotel and proceed to visit temple. Visit Sri Sharada Temple and Vidyashankara Temple. There are other shrines located in the temple premises. Then you can have Dinner at temple dining hall. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.
On day 02 of your Sringeri Temples Tour Package, visit temples around Sringeri. Firstly visit Kigga, a small temple village located at a distance of 9 Km from Sringeri. The main attraction of Kigga is Rishya Shringeshwara temple (Rishya Shringa). Then proceed to Hariharapura. Hariharapura is a pilgrimage center located in the Koppa Taluk. The main attraction of Hariharapura is the Adi Shankaracharya Sharada Lakshmi Narasimha Peeta, a Mutt of Goddess Sharadamba situated on the banks of river Tunga. Then proceed to visit Shakatapuram, a holy place located on the banks of river Tunga, stands the abode of spiritual power and peace. A 600 year old mutt by name Shri Vidya Peetam is located on the banks of River Tunga. Return to Sringeri. Then you can have Dinner at temple dining hall. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Bangalore. Enroute visit, the wonderful hoysala architecture at the temples of Halebid and Belavadi. On arrival at Bangalore, transfer to your residence / railway station for onward journey.
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