This photograph was taken in Sringeri the last time i visited. The sky was a beautiful blue, and the Vidya Shankar temple seemed to shine against the evening sky….
The Vidyashankara temple at Sringeri
was built in memory of Guru Vidyashankara or Vidyathirtha by Vidyaranya, with the aid of
the Vijayanagar rulers in the 14th century.   The golden image of Sarada was also
installed then at the Sarada temple.   The temple also houses ruby images of
Venugopala and Srinivasa and a Nandi made out of a large pearl. Several inscriptions are
seen in the temple, describing contributions made by the Vijayanagar emperors. 

This temple combines the Hoysala and Dravida
architectural features. It stands on a richly sculptured basement. There are six doorways
leading into the temple. The twelve pillars in the mandapam are named the Raasi
pillars, and are so arranged that the sun’s rays fall on each of them, in the order of the
solar months.
[informationCourtesy:http://www.templenet.com/Karnataka/sringeri.html] 

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