Sri Sharada Peetham
At a distance of 1 km from Sringeri Bus Stand, Sri Sharada Peetham is a famous place of worship in Sringeri. It is one of the popular places to visit as part of Sringeri tour packages.
Sri Sharada Peetham in Sringeri is the first of the 4 Peethams established by the renowned 8th-century philosopher saint Sri Adi Shankara. This Peetham is dedicated to Goddess Sharadamba, the Goddess of learning and wisdom. It is one of the prime places to visit in Sringeri.
In the 14th century, Vidyaranya is said to have replaced the old sandalwood image of goddess 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.
Every year during Navarathri a grand festival is celebrated here. This festival commemorates the victory of the Goddess over evil. Goddess Sharada is worshipped in all her various forms during the festival. The silver Rathotsava of Sri Sharadadevi is celebrated on all Fridays.
Timings: 6 AM - 2 PM & 5 - 9.30 PM