Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri.
The Peetham is the first and foremost of the four Peethams established by the renowned 8th century philosopher saint Sri Adi
Shankara, the principal exponent of Advaita (non-dualism). The Divinity of Knowledge, Goddess Sharada, installed at Sringeri
by Sri Adi Shankara, graces the Peetham as the presiding deity. Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal,
the 36th in the illustrious and unbroken lineage of Acharyas presently adorns the throne of transcendental wisdom - the Vyakhyana
Simhasana, the title associated with the Pontifical Seat of the Peetham. The Jagadguru upholds the activities of the Peetham
towards the propagation and sustenance of Sanatana Dharma while pervading the lives of many thousands of disciples as their
Temples and Shrines at Sringeri As a centre of Pilgrimage, Sringeri attracts scores
of pilgrims every year. Pilgrims visiting Sringeri seek the blessings of Goddess Sharada, the divinity of Supreme Knowledge,
consecrated by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya Himself. The temple of Sri
Vidyashankara, stands as a testimony to time to this day in all its architectural splendour. These
and other temples also display the dedication of the Acharyas and the devotees to the various deities consecrated at various
times in the hoary past of the Peetham. Apart from the temples of Sri
Sharada and Sri Vidyashankara, which attract devotees from all parts of the country, the Shrine of Sri Malahanikareshwara
is not only known for its age old antiquity, but also as an important shrine which the Acharya Himself venerates and worships
on special occassions.