When Lord Parameaswara Himself was reborn in Kalady!
On Sankara Jayanthi, A journey to Sringeri is a pilgrimage bringing me immeasurable Happiness.
Enjoy the intricate Carvings, shadows falling exactly on the Zodiac signs of that month, an architectural Marvel!
Take a dip in the Thungabadra!
Visit Rishyasringar Temple!
Don’t forget Simhagiri across the river! A Peaceful Paradise!
Vidyasankar Temple is an architectural Marvel!
The Vidyashankar temple was built in commemoration of the pontiff Vidyashankara, around 1357-58 C.E.. It was built by Vidyaranya, patron-saint of Harihara and Bukka the brothers who founded the Vijayanagara empire!
The niches in the temple have a number of sculptures from Hindu mythology. Inscriptions in the temple record contributions made by several Vijayanagara emperors. One must not miss the Stone Chains unique in only few Temples like Avudaiyar Koil, Perur, apart from Sringeri!
The architecture is also an exhibition of the astronomical expertise of medieval south Indian temple builders. The main temple hall features 12 pillars designated for the 12 signs of the zodiac. Windows and doors along the temple walls are arranged such that equinoxes sunrise views reach the deity. The northern and southern gates enable the sunrise view from the hall during solstices. The structure stands on a high plinth and commands a magnificent view from the hills and their slopes all round. It is more or less a rectangle with apisidal east-west ends. On the western side is the Garbhagriha, with Vidya Ganapathi on one side and Durga on the other side of the entrance.
In the eastern half of the structure is a mantapa with twelve pillars, huge monoliths carrying large figures and carrying heavy projecting corbels on top. These twelve pillars are marked by the twelve signs of the zodiac in their regular order, and arranged in such a manner that the rays of the sun fall on each of them in the order of the twelve solar months. On the floor is a large circle, marked with converging lines to indicate the direction of the shadows. The central ceiling is an exquisite piece of workmanship with lotus and pecking parrots. The vimana over the Garbhagriha rises magnificently with shikhara, mahapadma and stupa. The rest of the roof is made up of sloping channelled slab. The basement is elaborately sculpted with animals, puranic stories, and Dasavathara . From the caves of the corners of the central hall chains of stone rings hang which is a unique master piece!