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Sringeri, also written as Shringeri is a hill town and taluk headquarters located in Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka and is the site of the first maṭha (Sringeri Sharada Peeta) established by Adi Shankara, Hindu theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in the 8th century CE. It is located on the banks of the river Tungā and also a historical Temple (1200 years). Sringeri is home to a number of historic temples. Of these, Sri Sharadamba temple and Sri Vidyashankara temple and parshwanath jain temple are very prominent.Other historic temples nearby are Hornadu,Kollur and Kalasa.

The name Sringeri is derived from Rishyashringa-giri, a nearby hill that is believed to have contained the heritage of Rishi Vibhandaka and his son Rishyashringa. According to legend, Adi Shankaracharya is said to have selected the site as the place to stay and teach his disciples, because when he was walking by the Tunga river, he saw a cobra with a raised hood, providing shelter from the hot sun, to a frog about to spawn. Impressed with the place where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts, he stayed here for twelve years. Adi Shankaracharya also established mathas in the northern (at Jyotirmath, near Badrinath), eastern (at Puri) and western (at Dwaraka) quarters of India.

Since Sringeri is situated in the Malnad region, the best time to visit is between October and March. It is situated at a distance of 86 kilometres from Chikkamagaluru by road. Chikkamagaluru is connected to Bengaluru and other cities through road and a rail line via Kadur. Sringeri can also be reached from Mangaluru which is at distance of 105 kilometers by road via Karkala. Udupi is also at distance of 80 kilometres via Hebri and Agumbe. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport at Mangalore.

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