Sri Sharada Temple, Kunjibettu


SRI ADI SHANKARACHARYA, the proponent of ‘ADVAITHA’ Philosophy founded Chaturamnaya Peethas in four centres of “Bharatha Varsha” (India).
One among them is SRINGERI situated in Chickmagalur District of Karnataka state. Mother Sharadamba, the presiding diety is blessing millions of devotees from there.

At Udupi:
It was the intense desire of Late Alevoor Shyama Rao, one of the founders of Sharada Mantap, to build a temple for ‘Mother’ and ‘Sri Shankaracharya’ at Kunjibettu. Udupi. Unfortunately this could not be achieved during his life time. But the wish remained in the hearts of his friends and relatives, to see light in 1988.

Blessed by his Holiness Srimadabhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigalavar of Sringeri, the friends and relatives of Late Shyama Rao and people of the locality started the temple project under the able leadership of Sri Ambalpady Krishna Rao – former Chairman of Syndicate Bank. The project was completed in 1988, and His Holiness Srimadabhinava Vidyatheertha Swamiji installed the threeShrines – Sri Sharadamba at the centre and Sri Mahaganapathi and Shankaracharya by her sides. It was a significant Co-incidence that his Successor Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Swamigal placed the ‘Kalasha’ on the gopuram. Since then Poojas are being performed to the three dieties regularly in the morning and evening as per vedic rites. The number of devotees increased day by day and the temple has become a place of Bhajan, Archan, Sthothra Patana for the people of the locality. As a result, the prayer hall appeared to be insufficient to accommodate the visitors. In view of this and at the instance of the people, the Temple committee decided to extend the prayer hall and Jnana Mandira

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