Sringeri Mutt, Sringeri Overview
The famous Adi Shankara, who is regarded as the greatest reformer and most inspirational teacher of the ‘samartha’, established Sringeri Mutt in the 8th century AD. Erected on the banks of the Tunga River, Sringeri Mutt is a rustic ancient temple with a lot of history attached to it. With a vibrant history and great religious significance attached to this iconic temple, the atmosphere of the temple brims with power, and at the same time, it emanates tranquillity and peace.
Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada was referred to as Jagadguru or the teacher of the world. Sringeri Mutt is the first of the four Amnaya Peethams, which means the throne of the Vedas, established over twelve centuries ago in honour of the sacred traditions of Santana Dharma. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, who is the Goddess of Knowledge. The setting of the Sringeri Mutt on the banks of a gently hustling river as the Western Ghats combined with the soft distant murmur of waterfalls.
The name Sringeri is the vernacular version of Rishyasringa-giri, Rishyasringa Linga meaning hill of Rishyasringa. According to legend, the Rishis Vibhandaka and his son Rishyasringa lived here. Rishyasringa is famous as the Rishi who brought rains to the drought-stricken kingdom of Romapada, after which he married the princess Santa. Lord Rama’s father, King Dasaratha, invited Rishyasringa to be the officiating priest at his sacrifice to obtain sons. This legend connects Sringeri to the ancient epic poem, the Ramayana. There is a temple dedicated to Rishyasringa and Santa at Kigga, around 9 kms. from Sringeri. The Sivalinga consecrated in the sanctum has a horn on the head, depicting Rishyasringa Rishi. The ancient site of Rishi Vasishtha’s Asrama is also nearby.
Kumbhashi is famous for its two Temples, namely, Mahalingeshwara and Anegudde Vinayaka. The name of the place is said to be derived from Kumbhasura who was slain here. Inscriptions mention this place as Kumbha-Kashi.
It is one of the seven places of pilgrimage in the region called “Parashurama Srishti” or the creation of Saint Parashurama.
In the midst of the Western Ghats , surrounded by greenery Goddess Annapoorneshwari makes Horanadu her home. The name of the goddess means “Feeding one & all”, like the ever giving & loving mother. The specialty of this temple is that everybody who visit this shrine are provided with food & place to sleep or rest. the ancient temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari here has been restored and renamed as the Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari. The single image depicts the Goddess Annapoorneshwari standing on a peeta with Shanku, Chakra, Sri Chakra and Devi Gayathri in her four hands.
The temple of Annapoorneshwari , situated in Hornadu; with its pomp, glory and grandeur attracts people not only from Karnataka, but also from other places of India .
Eight KM from Hornadu, surrounded by Bhadra River on three sides, holy place Kalasa has the shape of a pot. On the fourth side we have the duggapana katte hill . At the base of this hill you can find the great kalasheshwara temple.
The soil and stones of Kalasa tell the stories of puranas and kings. as you enter the place you will feel, as if you are in the cradle of god, giving you the sense of security and satisfaction. The place is ready to reveal it’s sacredness and holiness of its mystic and ancient days.
Mookambika Temple is located in Kollur town near Mangalore. This famous temple is dedicated to the deity Mookambika (Devi). In front of the image of the Goddess Mookambika there is a centuries old Jyotirlingam.
Special features of the lingam – a golden line divides this lingam into two unequal parts and is visible only in the light of reflected sunlight pointed at the lingam. The right portion of this lingam is said to represent Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva – and the larger left part represents the Godess Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Adi Sankara the great religious leader had installed the metal image of the Goddess behind the lingam.
Udupi is a divine shrine in the coastal region of Western Ghats. There are three temples in Udupi; Chandreshwara, Anantheshwara and Sri Krishna temple. Chandreshwara and Anatheshwara are the most ancient temples of Udupi.
Popular belief is that King RamaBhoja, an ardent follower of Parashurama installed the statue of Anantheshwara. Chandreshwara temple was built in the spot where Chandra (the moon) performed a penance, to get rid of the curse of Daksha Prajapathi. The place where Chandra meditated got to be called as Udupi. (Udu = a star and pa = follower). at Sri Krishna temple, the famous and the beautiful image of Krishna is viewed through a grating called the Navagraha window.The usual practice in Udupi is to visit Chandreswara, Anantheshwara temples and then visit Sri Krishna temple