Birth place of Adi Shankara
When the nation was unstable with kingdoms failing, people’s faith falling, people not able to find answers for values of life & paths to heaven and when more confusion set in mankind with the advent and flourish of relatively new and dynamic ideas in the form of Buddhism, came Shankarachrya.
Jawaharlal Nehru, in The Discovery of India
An ageing villager, Harishchandra Mishra narrates what his forefathers have passed on: “Mandana's wife, Bharati, intervened and asked her husband to become a disciple of Shankara, to save Sanatana Dharma, which was being overwhelmed by Buddhism.” And that, the villagers believe, is how the debate ended. ”
- Sringeri , Karnataka (South)
- Dwaraka, Gujarat (West)
- Puri, Orissa (East)
- Jyotirmath, Uttarkand (North)
- Kanchipuram , Tamil Nadu. (This few disagree on whether Shankara found it.)
- · Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
- · Kollur Mookambika temple, Karnataka
- · Badrinath temple. He also appointed a Brahmin from Kerala to carry out the day-to-day rituals. The tradition continues even today with the chief priest known as Rawal.
- · Kashi Vishwanath temple, Varanasi. It is here that he wrote his commentaries on the Brahma Sutra, the Gita and the Upanishads.
- · Puri Jagannath temple. Here he established Jagannath idol and also a seat of scholars at Puri to regulate temple rituals. The king made him the head of this seat, called Mukti Mandap. Shankara was allowed to wear his khadaun (wooden footwear), carry an umbrella and use a mattress to sit inside the temple, a practice still followed by the Shankaracharyas.
- · Narsimha temple on the Joshimath-Badrinath highway was established by Shankara.
- · Kedarnath in the Himalayas. Shankara's samadhi is located a few yards behind the Kedarnath temple. Worship at Shankara's samadhi takes place once a year on the Guru Purnima day.
- · He inspired whole lot of spiritual thinkers who was to come after him on the likes of Ramakrishna pramahamsa, Vivekananda……