Shringeri temple is located in Shringeri town, Chikmagalur district, Karnataka state, India. It was established by great sage, Adi Shankaracharya, Hindu theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in the 8th century C.E. It is located on the banks of the river Tunga. According to legend, sage Adi Shankaracharya had 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.
The Sharada temple, dedicated to the Goddess of learning and wisdom, has grown from a simple shrine dating to the time of Adi Shankaracharya. In the 14th century, Vidyaranya is said to have replaced the old sandalwood image with a stone and gold image. The temple structure itself continued to be made of wood till the early 20th century. After an unexpected fire that damaged the structure, the current structure was built in the traditional south Indian style of temple architecture.
The Vidyashankara 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 twelve pillars( zodiac pillars) in the Vidyashankar temple are popularly known as Rashistambhas. Symbols of the twelve divisions of the zodiac are engraved on these pillars. The temple is an architectural marvel. People enjoy the greenery and natural beauty on the way to Shringeri.