The Karnataka. It is the first of the four Ammaya Peetham established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. Further, the word Ammaya Peetham means “Throne of the Veda”.or Sringeri the banks of River Tunga in the Chikkamagalur district of
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 Jagadguru meaning “Teacher of the world”. Although, the sringeri temple location is here since the 8th century, but the history is available only for the period after the 14th century.
Sringeri Temple structure
The Sringeri Temple Complex is huge and consists of many temples as mentioned below:
Sri Sharadamba Temple – The Temple consists of granite stones. The Mahamandapam also has huge stone pillars and have carvings of deities like Durga, Raja Rajeshwari, Dwarapalakas and Devis according to the Shilpa Sastras. The door of the temple has 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 an idol of Ganapati on the top. It is also customary for devotees to first have darshan of Torana Ganapati and then proceed to visit Sri Sharadamba.
Sri Vidyashankara Temple – The Temple exists since 1338 AD and shows Chalukyan and Dravidian style of architecture. The Garbhagrah is on the west side with Vidya Ganapati and Durga as the main deities. Also, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva govern the other three sides.
Sri Janardhana Temple – The Temple exists since the 9th century. The Temple is for Lord Vishnu as Janardhana. The idol of Lord Janardhana has Sridevi and Bhudevi on both sides. Priests cover the idol 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 for Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita is present on the right of the 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.