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Upadesha Lahari

Significance of Sri Shankara Jayanti

On the occasion of Shankara Jayanti on May 15, 2013, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji enlightens us about the significance of Shankara Jayanti.


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Jagadguru Vani

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By God’s grace, we have obtained a human birth, the power of discrimination and someone to teach us about the ultimate, truth. If we still remain lazy, we will be wasting a marvelous opportunity.

– Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal

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Sri Sharadamba - The divinity of Knowledge

Welcome to the website of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam, Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri. The Peetham is the first and foremost of the four Peethams established by the renowned 8th century philosopher saint Sri Adi Shankara, the principal exponent of Advaita (non-dualism). The Divinity of Knowledge, Goddess Sharada, installed at Sringeri by Sri Adi Shankara, graces the Peetham as the presiding deity. Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, the 36th in the illustrious and unbroken lineage of Acharyas presently adorns the throne of transcendental wisdom - the Vyakhyana Simhasana, the title associated with the Pontifical Seat of the Peetham. The Jagadguru upholds the activities of the Peetham towards the propagation and sustenance of Sanatana Dharma while pervading the lives of many thousands of disciples as their spiritual guide.

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Located amongst the lush green mountain ranges of the Sahyadri, Sringeri is located in the modern day district of Chickmagalur in the state of Karnataka in India.

Sringeri is located at 13.42°N 75.25°E. Click to view Sringeri on a map.

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Sharan-Navaratri 2014

Navaratri 2014

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji will be observing the annual Sharada Sharannavaratri this year at Sringeri. The Jagadguru will perform special puja to Goddess Sharadamba at noon and preside the Durbar conducted at night at the temple of Sri Sharadamba throughout the nine days. Details are given in the invitation brochure below.

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Sri Sharadamba

Navaratri means ‘Nine Nights’. Navaratri is considered auspicious and efficacious for the worship of Jaganmaata, the Universal Mother who killed cruel demons like Madhu-Kaitabha, Shumbha-Nishumbha, Mahishasura and others. The following verse is quoted from Devi Mahatmyam occuring in the Markandeya Puranam -

शरत्काले महापूजा क्रियते या च वार्षिकी ।
तस्यां ममैतान्माहात्म्यं श्रुत्वा भक्ति समन्वितः ॥

The purport of the above shloka is as follows.

“By special worship of Jaganmaata and by chanting Devi Mahatmya during Sharatkaala (Sharadritu), Devi is pleased and showers all prosperity unto her devotees.”

Known variously by the names of Durga Puja, Sarasvati Puja, Navratrotsav etc., Navaratri is one of the important festivals in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated across the country with devotion and fervour

Among the various festivals celebrated at Sringeri, the Navaratri Utsava stands unique. With a centuries old tradition, Navaratri is celebrated at Sringeri in the August presence of the Jagadguru in the same manner as prescribed in the scriptures and followed for many centuries.


The Jagadguru presides over the Durbar held at the temple of Goddess Sharadamba

Throughout the nine days of the festival the Jagadguru Shankaracharya, Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji performs special puja to Goddess Sharadamba in the afternoon. Goddess Sharadamba is adorned with different alankaras everyday throughout the nine days. Following the nearly 800 year old unbroken tradition begining from the time of Sri Vidyaranya Mahaswamiji, the 13th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham at Sringeri, the Jagadguru Shankaracharya adorns the Vyakhyana Simhasana in royal attire and presides over the Durbar that is conducted in the evening on all the nine days and graces the many thousands of devotees who visit Sringeri to seek the blessings of Goddess Sri Sharadamba and the Jagadguru Shankaracharya.

The whole festivity culminates with the grand-finale of the Adda-Palakki Utsava on the 11th day, unique to the Sringeri Sharada Peetham alone, where the Jagadguru is honoured and carried in a golden palanquin in a unique way.


Jagadguru in the ‘Adda Pallakki’ Utsava.

Exclusive Wallpaper

On the occasion of Sri Sharada Sharan-Navaratri 2014, published below is an exclusive wallpaper featuring the Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, in Durbar, along with the newly consecrated Rajagopuram in the background.

Programme Schedule

Date Event
24.9.14 Sri Sharadamba Mahabhisheka, Jagatprasutika Alankara
25.9.14 Sri Sharada Pratishtha, Brahmi (Hamsavahini) Alankara
26.9.14 Brahmi (Hamsavahini) Alankara
27.9.14 Maheshwari (Vrishavahana) Alankara
28.9.14 Kaumari (Mayuravahini) Alankara, Commencement of Shatachandi
29.9.14 Vaishnavi (Garudavahini) Alankara
30.9.14 Mohini Alankara
1.10.14 Sarasvati Avahanam, Sharada (Veena) Alankara
2.10.14 Chamunda (Simhavahini) Alankara, Shatachandi Purnahuti, Gaja puja, Ashva Puja, Maha-Navami
3.10.14 Rajarajeshwari Alankara, Vijayotsava, Vijayadashami Puja, Shami Puja
4.10.14 Gajalakshmi Alankara, Sri Sharadamba Rathotsava,,

As a part of the nine day festivities, eminent musicians will offer Sangeeta-Seva to goddess Sharadamba at Sringeri. Itinerary of the cultural programmes is as follows.

Cultural Events

Date Event
25.9.14 Dr. Muddu Mohan, Deputy Commissioner, Udupi Dt. & Party, Udupi, (Hindustani)
26.9.14 Vidvan Narahari Dixit & Party, Bangalore (Bhakti Sangeetha)
27.9.14 Vidushi Smt. Aruna Ranganathan & Party, Chennai (Vocal)
28.9.14 Kum. Aditi & Party, Bangalore (Vocal)
29.9.14 Vidvan Sri Trichur V. Ramachandran & Party, Chennai (Vocal)
30.9.14 Students of Jnanodaya School, Bangalore (Flute & Mandolin)
1.10.14 Vidushi Smt. S. Rajalakshmi & Party, Mysore (Veena)
2.10.14 Sangita Kalanidhi Vidvan Sri Kadri Gopalnath & Party, Chennai (Saxophone)

Live Telecast

Throughout the nine days, special puja and Durbar at the temple of Sri Sharadamba will be telecast live in Sri Sankara TV at the following times -

  • 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM
  • 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

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