Located on the banks of Tunga River, Sringeri is the place where Adi Shankara eastablished the first maṭha in 8th century CE. The ob-round shaped Vidyashankara temple (1342 AD) is a visually thrilling architectural design.
Vidyashankara temple at Sringeri
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The beauty of the Hoysala templs , particularly its intricate carvings owes a lot to one material - Soapstone. Unlike granite, sandstone and marble used in the construction of most of India's ancient monuments, soapstone is softer with some peculiar properties that set it apar from the former materials. To give you an idea , the softer version of the soapstone can be carved even with your finger nail.