The Vidyaśankara Temple is an exceptionally interesting structure - an imaginative, blend of architecture, iconography, and symbolism. To the student of aesthetics, the temple is not just a place of worship but an extraordinary piece of art. Examining the records, narratives, iconography, and architecture, this presentation puts forth a holistic understanding of the temple. About the Speaker Dr. Purnima Srikrishna trained at Mysore University, qualifying M.A. in English literature in 1989. She was awarded a Ph.D. in History, for her work on the Vidyaśankara temple, Sringeri, by the University of Mumbai. She has been awarded: - Research grant by the Luigi and Laura Dallapiccola Foundation, - The Telang Memorial Scholarship for 2004-05 by the Asiatic society, Mumbai. - The Heras Tata Institutional Fellowship for post-doctoral work on “The Agraharas on the Tunga” Her main area of research is temple art, architecture and iconography. She has several presentations and publications to her credit, including John Faithful Fleet, A monograph co-authored with Leela B Jois. Published under the monograph series – Founders Guardians of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai by Indus Source Books for the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, 2014.