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Triveni Sangam Allahabad

Triveni Sangam Allahabad

The word “Sangam” originates from Sanskrit language which means according to the Hindu tradition – the confluence of three rivers. These three rivers are essentially Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati River. This confluence is at Prayaga, India where the legendary Kumbha mela is held for the past twelve years. The river Saraswati is invisible and is said to flow underground eventually joining the other two rivers from below. The point of confluence is a sacred place for all Hindus. A bath here at Triveni Sangam, said to wash away all of one’s sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth and finally attain ‘Moksha’ and inner peace.

Allahabad’s ancient name is Prayaga. The sacred holy site of sangam is located at about 7 km from Civil Township at Allahabad.

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History of the Kumbha Mela

It is said that Kumbha the very word comes from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the Demigods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over. Our ancient scriptures like the puranas also mention about how the demigods and demons together made the nectar of immortality and decided to share half of it for each. To churn the portion of the milky ocean they came at the sea shore where the Mandara Mountain was used as the churning rod.  But as a deadly poison was produced at first Lord Shiva drank the whole of it without getting harmed. And while drinking the few drops spilled was licked by serpents and reptiles.

After 1000 years of churning, Dhanwantari appeared with the Kumbh of immortal nectar in his hands. The demigods, being fearful of the demons’ ill intent, forcibly seized the pot with its safety entrusted onto the four Gods – Brahaspati, Surya, Shani, and Chandra.

Significance of Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • Here one of the former prime ministers of India, Indira Gandhi used to come for a holy dip.
  • Hindu pilgrims take boats to bathe from platforms erected at the confluence. This, together with the migratory birds gives a picturesque look to the river during the Kumbha Mela, in January.
  • It is believed to be the place where drops of nectar fell from the pitcher, from the hands of the Gods.
  • The Rig Veda, which says, “Those who bath at the place where the two rivers, white and dark, flow together, rise up to heaven. More than a thousand years later, the classical Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa, described the confluence of the white ‘waters of the Ganga with the blue waters of the Yamuna as if they were a string of pearls and sapphires combined, or a garland of white and blue lotuses intertwined’.

Festivals at Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • One of the most revered festivals – the Kumbha Festival is held at Prayag on the lunar conjunction day.
  • During the period of Kumbha Mela (special dates assigned for spiritual bathing), it is believed that a thousand times stronger confluence takes place. Apart from self-purification purposes, thousands of people also come to the shores during Kumbh Mela to offer pind for their deceased parents.

How to reach Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • By air: Allahabad is well connected to the major cities of India. Regular flights are easily available. The Bamrauli airport is nearest.
  • By rail: You can easily get regular trains to Allahabad from other major cities of the country. Nearby Railway Station(s) are- chheoki (COI), allahabad junction (ALD), allahabad city (ALY), naini (NYN), phaphamau junction (PFM), prayag (PRG), subedarganj (SFG), bamhrauli (BMU).
  • By road: there are quite a number of bus stops connecting with major areas in Allahabad.

Hotels nearby Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • Hotel Crown Palace at Rambagh Hewett road of South Malaka is a grand place to check in. It is close to the area and has a great view to look at.
  • Hotel Kanha Shyam at strachay road civil lines is another great place to tuck in. it has well suited accommodations and reasonable pricings.

Places to visit nearby Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • Allahabad fort is a great place to visit and it is archeologically important. It gives you beautiful visibility from top including famous Sangam of Allahabad. It is a historic site that landmarks legend from the days of yore.
  • Shankar Viman Mandapam is situated very near to Sangam this temple is of Lord Shiva but architecture looks like south India temple. Beautiful view of Sangam can be enjoyed from the top floor of this temple.
  • Alopi Devi Mandir is one of the foremost shaktipeeth. Many people come to visit it to offer their prayers and receive blessings from Devi Ma.

Mahamaya Temple

Mahamaya Temple

If you really wish to visit a religious place this summer, trying going to Mahamaya Temple. Mahamaya Temple is located in Ratanpur in Chattisgarh. This temple falls in Bilaspur district. Mahamaya Temple is located aside lakes and has a marvellous panorama. This temple is culturally rich and has a great architectural work done all over it. Mahamaya Temple is located in Ratanpur which is located in Chattisgarh. Legends  say that this temple was built in the 12th-13th century. Mahamaya Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Mahamaya. This temple enshrines an amazing dual idol of Goddess Mahamaya. The front image is of Mahishasurmardini  and a rear statue of Saraswati which is supported by 16 columns.

Many archeologists and historians had their eyes on Mahamaya Temple because of its beautiful architectural work. Apart from being surrounded by lush green hills and ponds, Ratanpur town is crowded by devotees twice a year. People come here during Navratra to take blessings from their beloved goddess: Goddess Mahamaya Devi.

Mahamaya Temple in 25km away from the city of Bilaspur located in Chattisgarh. It is located on the Bilaspur-Ambikapur state highway. The Mandir has ancillary temples, palaces, domes and forts, each having a story behind it.

Because of its beauty one should definitely take the camera with themselves to capture the moment. The Temple is beautifully built which is the main cause of tourist attraction. The red stones by which this Temple is constructed makes it more beautiful. This temple is constructed on 16 columns and has various beautiful ponds around it. One should come here as this scenario helps in relaxing and rejuvenates the mind.

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Mahamaya Temple History

  • Mahamaya Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahamaya which has a dual statue of Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati.
  • This temple was built in 12th-13th century under the reign of Kalchuri King Ratandev I. Apart being the king, Kalchuri King Ratnadev I was also the founder of Haihaiyavansi kingdom.
  • Legends say that the king built the temple at the spot where he had darshan of council of Goddess Kali. Maha Kali, Maha Saraswati and Maha Lakshmi were earlier worshipped here.
  • Within the campus one can easily find Lord Shiva’s and Hanuman’s temple. Ratanpur state traditionally has Mahamaya as their Kuldevi. Recently architectural department renovated the temple.
  • Vikram Samvat built this temple in 1552 and one can also find that this place is beautifully surrounded by many ponds which help in adding its beauty. This temple was beautifully built with red stones by Kalchuri King Ratandev who was the king at that time.

 Significance of the Mahamaya Temple

  • The style in which Mahamaya Temple is built is known as Nagara style of Architecture. This temple is facing North and is located beside a huge water tank.
  • The scores of ancillary temples, palaces, forts and domes can now be seen which was once housed ad templed by the royal house of Ratanpur Kingdom.
  • We can also find the temple of Kantideval which is considered to be the oldest. It is believed that this temple was built by a spartan named Santosh Giri in 1039.
  • This temple has 4 gates and has beautiful carvings. It has 18-inch thick boundary wall surrounding it from all the four sides. Legends say that this temple was built in the 12th century.
  • Mahamaya Temple is all together supported by 16 stone columns. The idols which have been kept here has been taken from rundown or broken temple of the earlier century. Some of them were also taken from Jain Temples.
  • There are many smaller statues in the campus of Gods and Goddesses like Lord Vishnu, Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Lord Hanuman, Surya Dev, Lord Shiva and Lord Bhairav. Legend says that the first Puja and Abhishek were done in this temple by the Kalinga King.
  • Around the temple, there are many other temples which are equally rich in history and architecture. They are named as Mahamrityunjaya Panchmukhee Shiv Mandir and Kanthi Dewal. There is another important temple known as Panchmukhee Shiv Mandir which is believed to be the origin of Mahamaya Temple. This temple is extremely magnificent and is made of red stone.
  • Inside a temple one can find Kanthi Dewal temple and the temple main pond is the splendid dual statues of Goddess Mahamaya. The front image is called Mahishasurmardini and the behind statue is believed to be that of Goddess Saraswati. But if looked casually then the rear image are often overlooked. On behalf of all the devotees, Jyoti Kalashas are lit in various halls by the Temple Trust.

Mahamaya Temple Timings

  • The Darshan in Mahamaya Temple starts from 6 am to 8:30 pm everyday. During normal days, it does not take more than half an hour in darshan but it takes more time during Navratra. This is because there are a large number of devotees during Navratri.
  • Devotees do not need to pay any amount of money for darshan. This is free of cost. Bhoj is offered at 12 pm for half an hour. So during this time devotees, entry is strictly prohibited.
  • If a person visits this temple, he/she needs to take ample time with them. Apart from darshan, one can also take part in special events which are conducted by the Trust. During Navratra, Darshan is opened till 12 am.
  • After you buy puja samagri, go to the free shoe care. This is run by the Trust. Before going for darshan you should remove your shoe. The Trust will provide you a token for the set of shoes you gave. The caretaker will take care of your shoes till you come back from Darshan.
  • There is water tap present in the campus which provides water to the devotees. The devotees need to clean their mouth, face, hand and feet before entering the Mahamaya Temple. Though this ritual is not cmpulsory, but devotees follow it for the sake of cleanliness of the temple campus.
  • After this, you need to stand in the qeue for Darshan. It may take some time depending on the day you visited the temple. It takes a lot of time for darshan during Navratra. People from various parts of India come here on Navratra to see Jyotikalash being lit to please the Goddess Mahamaya.
  • Temple Kalbhairava is considered to be the guardian temple. People believe that those who visit Mahamaya Temple should also visit Kalbhairava Temple to complete their pilgrimage.

 Festivals celebrated in Mahamaya Temple

  • Chaitra Navratri– According to the Hindu Calender, Chaitra Navratri is celebrated on the first day of the calender. This festival is celebrated from 1st to 9th day of Chaitra month Shukla Paksh. The 9th day is celebrated as Ram Navami which is Lord Ram’s birthday.
  • Vasanta Navratri– This festival is celebrated in Autum this is why it is called Vasant Navratri. Vasant means Autum in Hindi. Vasant Navratri usually falls in the month of April but it may differ according to the Hindu Calender.
  • Maha Navratri– This festival is very famous and this is why it is celebrated across India. Maha Navratri is celebrated equally important as other festivals in Chhattisgarh. There is a lot of crowd in temples on this festival. People come from various parts to offer prayer.

How to reach- Road, Rail and Air

  • By Air– The nearest is in Raipur which connects all the major cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Nagpur. This place is connected with international flight services.
  • By Rail– Bilaspur is a zonal headquarters of the Indian Railway as a result of which it can be suitably connected with trains too.
  • By Road– After taking a train till Bilaspur one can easily take a taxi or bus till Ratanpur. The taxi can easily take you inside the temple campus which is half a kilometre away from the highway.

Where to stay

Apart from this, one can also look for hotels to stay. There are many private organizations who provide accommodation to the devotees. These private organization has a very nominal charge. They have additional facilities like Homely food, the internet and hygienic surrounding which is suitable for stay. One can easily find hotels near Temple at a very reasonable price.

Where to eat

The Temple provides food to its devotees. They are free of cost and all the expenses incurred are borne by the Trustees. Once the daily Puja is over, devotees are allowed to move for food.

Apart from the prasad provided in the temple, one can also have food from hotels outside the campus. These hotels provide clean and hygienic food. There are various other places to eat food. There are many hotels and cafe which provide food keeping the taste and needs of the devotees.

Nearby Temples

  • Ram Tekri Temple-Ram Tekri Temple is a very popular spot for tourists. It is a perfect place to visit with your family. This place is very good for recreation as it will fill you with spirits of adventure. There are various popular spots which will help you in making memories. Ram Tekri Temple is not only a place for sight seeing but also helps you in rejuvenating. One should definitely carry his/her camera when travelling to this place.
  • Maa Mahamaya Devi Temple– This is another important tourist destination in Ratanpur. People come all over India to visit this place. One should definitely visit this place while visiting Ratanpur. This temple has a dual statue of Goddess Mahamaya. This temple has a very beautiful architectural work and is the most religious celebrated temple.
  • Kanthi Dewal Temple: This temple is octagonal in shape. It is said that Kanthi Dewal Temple is a school of Hindu and Moghul architecture. All its walls are made of red stone and decorated by sculptures. The important sculpture which you can find here is of a lady feeding a child, Shaal Bhanjika, a Kalchuri king and   Lingodhbhava Shiva. Inside the temple, there is Shiv Lingam which is considered as Source of Divine Energy according to the Hindu Dharma.Apart from Ram Tekri Temple, Kanthi Dewal Temple and Maa Mahamaya Devi Temple, there are many other temples which can be visited being in Ratanpur. There are many tourist destination that is visited when travelled to Ratanpur. Apart from temples, there are many other places that can be visited here. There are places like Achankmar Wildlife Sanctuary, Naya Lake Semartal, Shri Hanuman Ji Temple, Sunga Lake, Sagar Lake and many more.This temple has a lot of reasons to be on the bucket list of travellers. Mahamaya Temple of Ratanpur has all those things which a person needs while travelling a place. Mahamaya Temple is culture as well as architecture. It is surrounded by ponds which add beauty. There are other temples in the campus because of which a devotee need not go too far. The Temple Trust provide world class accommodation as well as food.
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Sringeri Temple

Sringeri Temple – Sharada Peetham

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The Sringeri Sharada Peetham or Sringeri Temple is located on the banks of River Tunga in the Chikkamagalur district of Karnataka. was the first of the four Ammaya Peetham established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. The word Ammaya Peetham means “Throne of the Veda”. Sri Adi Shankaracharya established four Peethams or Centers in the four corners of the country to safeguard and propagate the Vedas. The head of the Mutt is called Jagadguru meaning “Teacher of the world”. Although, the sringeri temple was established in the 8th century, the documented history is present only for the period after the 14th century.

The Sringeri Temple Complex is huge and consists of many temples as mentioned below:

  • Sri Sharadamba Temple – The Temple is made of granite stones. The Mahamandapam has huge stone pillars exquisitely carved with deities like Durga, Raja Rajeshwari, Dwarapalakas and Devis which are all sculpted according to the Shilpa Sastras practiced in Tamilnadu. The door of the temple is made of Gold covering and is unique because it has 8 panels with figures of Ashtalakshmi inscribed on them.
  • Sri Torana Ganapati Temple – The unique shrine is a simple silver door with a gold covered idol of Ganapati on the top. It is customary for devotees to first have darshan of Torana Ganapati and then proceed to visit Sri Sharadamba.
  • Sri Vidyashankara Temple – The Temple was built in 1338 AD in the Chalukyan and Dravidian style of architecture. The Garbhagrah is on the west side with Vidya Ganapati and Durga as the main deities. The other three sides are governed by Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
  • Sri Janardhana Temple – The Temple was built around the 9th century. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Janardhana. The idol of Lord Janardhana is flanked on both sides by Sridevi and Bhudevi. The idol is covered with Sandal paste throughout the year.
  • Sri Adi Shankaracharya Temple – The idol of Sri Adi Shankaracharya is present in a pose of a Yogasana with four disciples and a Shiva Linga in front.
  • Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple – A small Temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita is present on the right of the Sri Sharadamba Temple.

Besides these Temples, Sri Adi Shankaracharya established four guardian deities in the four directions to protect the town. They are Kalabhairava in the East, Anjaneya in the West, Durga in the South, and Kalikamba in North.

Sringeri Temple History and Legend

  • Sri Sharadamba is the presiding deity of the town of Sringeri. The original sringeri temple was small with a sandalwood idol of Goddess Sharada installed above a Sri Chakra carved by Adi Shankaracharya. Subsequently, the sringeri temple was renovated and expanded by Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha and Sri Vidyaranya. Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha substituted the sandalwood idol with the present golden idol.
  • Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati raised the present structure in granite with polished granite walls around the sanctum and Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati consecrated the new temple in May 1916.
  • As per the legend related to the origin of the sringeri temple, a mention in the Karma Kanda of Vedas tells us the story of Goddess Sharada and Adi Shankaracharya. As per the story, a noted scholar named Mandanmisra was famous for his debating skills and no one could win the debate with him. Seeing this, Goddess Saraswati descended on Earth as Upaya Bharathi and organized a debate between Shankaracharya and Mandanmisra. The condition was that if Shankaracharya loses the debate, he would marry and have a family and if Mandanmisra loses, he will take up Asceticism. Upaya Bharathi handed each of them a garland and said that whichever garland dries up first, that person will lose the debate.
  • The debate lasted for 17 days and eventually Mandanmisra ‘s garland dried first and he lost the debate. Upaya Bharathi challenged Shankaracharya on a debate on marital life. After a time gap of one month, Shankaracharya won the debate. He begged Upaya Bharathi to follow him to a place he goes to frequently. She obliged on the condition that he will not turn back and look at her otherwise she will stop.
  • Mandanmisra was now a disciple of Shankaracharya and him along with Upaya Bharathi started the journey following him. On reaching the village of Sringeri, he was surprised by an unusual sight on the banks of River Tunga. A cobra was spreading out its hood over a frog in labor pains, to give it a shadow from the scorching mid-day sun. The sound of the anklets stopped and he turned back to look. Shankaracharya immediately installed the Sri Chakra on a rock there and installed Devi with the name Sharada.  The Goddess appeared before him  and said that this would be known as the Sharada Peetham and that she would stay at the Peetam to grace the devotees.  Mandanamisra, now Sureshwara became the first pontiff of Sringeri Sharada Peetam.
  • In the 14th century, royal patronage was given by the Vijayanagara empire. The King granted the Peetham the rights over the secular administration of the land.
  • It is believed that during the Muslim invasion under Malik Kafur, the original idol made of sandalwood was destroyed. During the Vijayanagara period, a gold statue of Sharadamba in a seated posture was installed here.
  • According to the history of the sringeri temple, the 32nd Acharya of the Peetham, Jagadguru Sri Vriddha Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji had a vision of the Ganapati when he was contemplating on resolving and issue in the mutt affairs. He offered prayers to the image of Lord Ganapati carved on the Torana of the door nearby. The problem was resolved immediately. Since then, the Ganapati has come to be worshiped as Torana Ganapati.

Significance of the Sringeri Temple

  • Sringeri Sharada Peetham is the southern Advaita Vedanta Matt founded by the Sri Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. He had previously established three Matts – Jyotirmath in the North, Puri in the East and Dwarka in the West. Sri Adi Shankaracharya installed the idol of Goddess Sharadamba on the banks of the Tunga river.
  • It is believed that Lord Shiva gifted the crystal Chandramouleeshwara Linga to Sri Adi Shankaracharya. The Linga can still be visited and the Chandramouleeshwara Pooja is performed for the Linga every night at 8:30 PM.
  • It is believed that Goddess Sharadambika is the incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, who came to Earth as Upaya Bharathi. It is a common faith that by worshiping her, one can receive blessings of Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu along with Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.
  • In the eastern half of the structure of Sri Vidyashankara Temple, a mandap with twelve pillars can be seen. Each of them is adorned with twelve signs of the Zodiac in order. These pillars are arranged in such a way that the rays of the sun fall on each of them in order of the 12 solar months.
  • A large Sudarshana Chakra can be seen in the Janardhana Temple in the complex. It is believed that offering prayers to the Chakra can ward off the feelings of enmity towards other human beings. It is also believed to protect devotees from all evil and harm.
  • The ritual of Aksharabhyasa performed here is considered to be sacred and fulfilling. The parents of kids in the age of 2-5 are given a slate and chalk or alternatively, a plate of rice on which they pray to Goddess Saraswati and the Guru to impart good knowledge and education to their children.

Sringeri Mutt

  • Just adjoining the Sringeri Temple, there is a famous monastery known as Sringeri Mutt which was established by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century.
  • The gurus of the mutt follow Advaita Vedanta philosophy. The gurus believe that the Brahman is the ultimate cosmic spirit and all the gods described in scriptures are just manifestations of Brahman. They believe in the innermost self of the human being – Aham Brahma Asmi, which means “I am the Universal spirit”.
  • The gurus at the mutt teach that an individual must imbibe the good habits of the guru in addition to revering and listening to the guru’s teachings.
  • The mutt has produced so many scholars. The swamis of this matha consider themselves as the descendants of Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
  • The mutt runs a few colleges and a hospital. It also maintains some temples and Vedic schools across India. The Sringeri Temple is maintained by the mutt. The mutt also strives hard to preserve the natural beauty of Sringeri.

Sringeri Temple Timings

  • Sringeri temple opens at 6 am and closes at 9:15 pm.
  • However there is a mid-afternoon break in Sringeri Temple from 2 pm to 4 pm.
  • Sri Vidyashankara Temple and Sri Torana Ganapati Temple – The Temples open at 7 AM and close at 8:30 PM with mid-afternoon break between 1 PM to 5 PM.
  • Sri Malahaneekareswara Temple – The Temple remains open from 8 AM to 8 PM with Mid-afternoon break between 12 PM to 5 PM.
  • All the other Temples inside the Sharada Matha Complex open at 8:30 AM and close at 7 PM with mid-afternoon break between 12 PM to 5 PM.
  • Darshan of Sri Jagadguru can be done at 10:30 AM in the morning and 5:30 PM in the evening. The darshan timings are subjected to change according to the schedule of Sri Jagadguru’s activities during the day.

Dress code

It is advised to wear decent cotton clothes during summers (March to Mid-June). The rains start from June onwards when it is recommended to wear full sleeves and jackets. Blankets and Bedsheets must be carried in winters as it gets quite cold here in winters. It is recommended to carry Umbrellas and Torches as the power availability is interrupted frequently.

Festivals at Sringeri Temple

  • Guru Purnima – The Full Moon day in the month of Ashadha in Hindu calendar is named as Guru Purnima. The holy day is dedicated to Guru or the Teacher. On this day, Poojas are offered to the Brahma Vidyacharyas – who have passed down Brahman knowledge to continuous successive generations of Acharya. The Vyasa Pooja is also performed on this day as the Sage Ved Vyasa is considered to be a person with the highest level of intellect. He coded the Vedas into four divisions and composed the Brahmasutras.
  • Chaturmasya Vrata – Traditionally, the Chaturmasya Vrata is observed for a period of two months, usually from July – August. The Sannyasins observe the Vrata and stay at one place to disperse spiritual knowledge to their disciples. During the Vrata period, the Jagadguru observes the following Vratas – Shravana Somvara Vrata, Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata, Gokulashtami Vrata, Vamana Jayanti, Ananta Padmanabha Vrata and Uma Maheshwar Vrata.
  • Sharan Navaratri – The Navaratri Utsav is celebrated with great fervor and zest in The Sringeri Temple complex. The festival is celebrated in a unique way which is a must see in anyone’s lifetime. On the day before Navaratri, a Maha Abhishekam will be performed for Goddess Sharadamba. The Rudrabhishekam and 108 Abhishekam will be followed by an offering of several Alankaras to the Goddess. They are Jagatprasutika Alankaram ( the day before Navaratri), Brahmi, Maheshwari, Koumari, Vaishnavi, Indrani, Veena Sharada, Mohini, Rajarajeshwari, Chamunda, and Gajalakshmi. Several Parayanas (Readings) are also performed such as of the Vedas and the Gita. Cultural music programs are also held at the Sringeri Temple Complex.
  • Vidyathirtha Rathotsava – This festival is celebrated for seven days at the Sringeri Temple during the Kartik Shukla Paksha (November). Several Poojas and Aradhanas are performed on the special days of Shashti, Saptami and Ashtami of the month.
  • Besides the above main festivals mentioned, other festivals celebrated on a grand scale at the Sringeri Temple are Makara Sankranthi, Maha Shivaratri, Ugadi, Ram Navami, Narasimha Jayanti, Janmashtami, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Jagadguru Jayanti, Deepavali, and Kartik Somavara Pooja.

Sringeri Temple Poojas and Rituals

  • Chandramouleeshwara Pooja – The Trikala Nitya Pooja of the holy Linga of Sri Chandramouleeshwara and of Sri Chakra is performed every night at the Sringeri Temple.
  • Sri Adi Shankaracharya Ashtottara Shatanamavali – This is the list of 108 names of Sri Adi Shankaracharya that has been passed down by the previous generations. This Stotra is recited daily at the Sringeri Math in the temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya as part of daily Pooja.
  • Gita Gyana Yagna – The Gita Gyana Yagna scheme has been started by the Sri Sharada Peetham in which any individual who can recite the 700 Shlokas mentioned in the Gita will be rewarded with Rupees 21,000 and a certificate. The attempt can also be split into 3 days.
  • Ashtottara Seva – The devotees can perform the Ashtottara ceremony in all the Temples of the complex to their respective presiding deities. Ashtottara means reciting of the 108 names of Gods such as Ganesha, Vishnu, Durga, and Shiva.
  • Dindi Deeparadana (Suvasini Pooja) – This Pooja can be performed by devotees at the Sringeri Temple. The Suvasini Pooja is done by worshiping a married woman as a representation of Goddess Durga. The woman is offered meals, fruits, clothes, and Dakshina.
  • Udayastamana Pooja – This is a unique type of Pooja performed for one full day, starting from dawn till dusk. There is a total of 18 Poojas done for the devotees throughout the day.
  • Rudrabhishekam – This Pooja is performed to please Lord Shiva and to get his blessings. The Pooja is done to relieve one of his or her sins and bring prosperity to the family. The Pooja can be offered at the Sri Shankaracharya Temple, Sri Vidyashankara Temple and Sri Balasubramanya Temple.
  • Panchamrutha Abhishekam – It is a ritual in which the idols of the God are bathed with five items (Panch amrit)- Milk, Curd, Honey, Sugar, and Ghee. The ritual can be performed at all the Temples in the complex including the Sringeri Temple.
  • Aksharabhyasam

    The couples with children of age 2.5 – 5 years can perform the Seva as a start to the education of their children at the Sringeri Temple. The timings are from 8 am to 1 pm and the cost is Rs.250. The performing of this ritual is special because the presiding deity Sri Sharadamba is Goddess of intelligence and knowledge.

How to reach Sringeri Temple: Road, Rail and Air

  • By Air – The Mangalore airport is the nearest airport to Sringeri Temple from where regular buses are available.
  • By Train – Shimoga and Kadur are the nearest railway stations. One can take a bus or a private taxi to reach the temple town from there.
  • By Road – The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses are available from all major towns and cities in Karnataka like Bengaluru, Mangalore, Udupi, Mysore, Shimoga, and Dharmasthala.

Bangalore to Sringeri: How to Reach

  • By Air – Fly from Bangalore International Airport to the Bajpe International Airport at Mangalore. There are regular buses available from Mangalore.
  • By Train – Take a train from Bangalore to Mangalore or Shimoga. One can take a bus or a private taxi to reach the temple town from there.
  • By Road – The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates regular buses from Bangalore Bus Station.

Sringeri Temple Hotels: Where to stay

The devotees can stay comfortably in any one of the seven Guest Houses constructed by the Sri Sharada Peetham. Normal rooms and dormitories are available for use at nominal rates. Advance booking is not allowed. The rooms can be booked only on first come first serve basis. For booking of rooms, pilgrims need to contact the Information office located near the Temple main entrance.

A large number of small guest houses and hotels are available for private accommodation.

Where to eat near Sringeri Temple

Under the leadership of Sri Sharada Peetham, a dining hall by the name of “Sri Bharathi Theertha Prasada” has been built near the Sharada Temple. Food is served to all devotees in the afternoon between 12:15 PM to 2:30 PM and at night between 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM.

A few private restaurants are available near the Temple Complex. The cuisine offered is mainly South Indian.

Nearby Temples

  • Sri Malahanikareshwara Temple – The Temple is perched on top of a hillock. The devotees have to climb 156 steps reach the Temple. The Temple is dedicated to the Linga of Malahanikeshwara who is known as the destroyer of impurities in the soul of a person.
  • The Rishyasringa Temple at Kigga – The town of Kigga is situated 9 km away from Sringeri. The presiding deity of the significant temple is Rishyasringa and his wife Santa. It is believed that he caused rainfall in the drought-stricken kingdom of Romapada. King Dasaratha (Lord Rama’s father) invited Rishyasringa to be the presiding priest at the sacrifice he conducted to obtain sons. The Shiva Linga in the Temple has horns. The ancient Vashishtha Ashram is also situated in the town.
  • Anegudde – The place is famous for its two temples – The Mahalingeshwara Temple and the Anegudde Vinayaka Temple. The place is also known as Kumbhashi as this is the place where Kumbhasura was slain. It is one of the seven places in a collective region called “Parashurama Srishti”, the creation of Saint Parashurama.
  • Horanadu – The Temple dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneshwari is located in the beautiful town called Horanadu. Everybody who visits this shrine is provided with food and is offered a place to sleep or rest. The idol depicts the Goddess Annapoorneshwari standing on a pedestal with Shanku, Chakra, Sri Chakra and Devi Gayathri in her four hands.
  • Kalasa – The town is home to the Kalasheshwara Temple. The Temple is surrounded by the Bhadra River on 3 sides giving the land where the temple is built, a pot-like shape. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to legends, Sage Agasthya made Kalasa as his home but wanted to witness the wedding of Shiva and Parvathi. Lord Shiva obliged and gave a boon to Agasthya using which he was able to watch the wedding from Kalasa.
  • Kollur Mookambika Temple – The famous and revered Sri Mookambikai Temple is located in Kollur. The presiding deity is Goddess Mookambikai also known as Devi and in front of her idol, is a Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. The unique feature of the Linga is that it is divided into two unequal parts – The Smaller right part represents Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the larger Left part represents Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.