Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti 2020 - Know the Importance of the One of the Great Indian Philosopher and Saint

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is the anniversary of the birth of the famous Indian sage and philosopher Adi Shankara. Adi Shankara was born in 788 C.E., in Kalady, Kerala. And, at a young age of 32, he ended his physical life in this universe in 820 C.E.

Updated: Apr 28, 2020 09:30 IST


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Installer of Shanmata (Shanmata Stapaka)

Adi Shankaracharya was an Indian philosopher and theologian of the early 8th century who developed the Advaita doctrine. He is credited with unifying and creating core thinking currents in Hinduism. Shankara traveled around the Indian subcontinent to share his theory with other philosophers through discourses and debates. At a period when the Mimamsä school developed rigid ritualism and mocked monasticism, he founded the value of monastic existence as approved in the UpaniShadS and Brahma Sutra.  He is reputed to have founded four mathas ("monasteries"), which helped in the historical development, revival, and spread of Advaita Vedanta of Which he is known as the greatest revivalist. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and unified the Shanmata tradition of worship.

The Sringeri records state that Shankara was born in the 14th year of the "VikramAditya" reign, but it is not clear which king refers to this name. Although some historians associate the name with Chandragupta II (4th century CE), the modern scholarship recognizes VikramAditya as from the Badami Chalukya family, most definitely Vikramaditya II (733—746 CE). According to the oldest biographies, Shankara was born in the southern Indian state of Kerala in a village named Kaladi which was also pronounced as Kalati or Karati. He was born to Brahmin's parents in Nambudiri. His parents were an old, childless, family who lived a dedicated life of helping the needy. They called their child Shankara, which means "prosperity-giver." His father died while Shankara was very young. Shankara's upanayanam, the initiation into student-life, had to be delayed due to the death of his father, and was then performed by his mother