Sringeri ( Karnataka , South India)
Sringeri is a highly revered place of religious, spiritual and cultural India. Situated on the left bank of Tunga, Sringeri is associated with Adi Shankaracharya, famous exponent of Hinduism. Adi Shankaracharya started one of the four Peethas at Sringeri for the propagation of Hindu philosophy. Out of several famous temples in Sringeri, Sharada temple is said to have been established by Shankaracharya himself. The Pontiff and his disciples stay here. A Hoyasala temple dedicated to Vidya Shankara is at this place which has several specimens of beautiful sculptures. A small 14th century temple of Janardhana is attributed to the Vijayanagar period.
Sringeri has also an old Jain Basadi dedicated to Parshwanatha Teerthankara. There is a Sanskrit college where students are trained on the ancient Gurukula system in Vedanta and such spiritual subjects. The Mutt has an excellent guest house and choultries for the pilgrims and visitors.