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Vidyashankara Temple, Sringeri

Sringeri is a monastic temple town started by Shankaracharya, who promoted the Advaitha philosophy in the 9th century. The temple was built in the 14th century with the support of Vijayanagara. It is simply called Shankaracharya temple. It has a garbhagriha and mandapa style. The star-shaped walls on the foundation platform are almost circular and the shikhara rises up in four levels. The outer wall has the Hoysala star shape, but the interior is pure Vijayanagara.

The Vidyashankara temple at Sringeri combines the architectural features of Hoysala and Dravidian dynasties. There are 12 zodiac pillars in the shrine, which are so arranged that the rays of the sun fall on the corresponding pillars. In front of the temple are stone lions, with stone spheres inside their mouths that can be rotated. An interesting feature is the carps on the banks of river that passes the temple complex, which one can feed by hand.



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