The ancient temple of Sri Sharada, the presiding deity of Sringeri has a glorious history that begins with the setting up of the Dakshinamnaya Peetham by Sri Adi Shankara.
Originally it was an unpretentious shrine with the idol of Sharada made of sandalwood, installed over the Sri Chakra that Sri Adi Shankara carved on a rock. Subsequently,
Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha and Sri Vidyaranya had a temple built in the Kerala style, with timber and tiled roof, and substituted the sandalwood idol with the present golden idol.
Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati raised the present structure in granite around the sanctum and Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati consecrated the new temple in May 1916.
Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha made several improvements in the temple. The mahamandapam has large
stone pillars exquisitely carved with deities like Durga, Raja Rajeshwari, dwarapalakas and devis which are all sculpted according to the shilpa sastras practiced in Tamilnadu.
As per the traditional belief, Adi Shankara established mutts (monasteries) in five cities across India.
Among those five mutts, Sringeri and Kanchi mutts are famous even now.
Compared to Kanchi mutt, Sringeri mutt has more branches in various places across the country.
There is one such branch in Venkata Narayana Road in T. Nagar locality in Chennai.
The T.Nagar mutt, popularly known as Sringeri Sharda Peeetham Temple, is administered directly by Sringeri Math.
The presiding deity of the temple is Sharda Devi. Besides, the temple also enshrines Shiva Linga and Adi Shankara.
The temple is a serene locality amidst a busy metropolis.