• Dinesh Shahra

Adi Shankaracharya- The reviver of Sanatan Dharma

Shankaracharya Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of this great Indian philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. He was an 8th-century Indian philosopher and theologian. He is considered one of the most significant celebrations in Sanatan Dharma. He is known by many names, Jagathguru, Adi Shankaracharya, or Bhagavatpada Acharya (guru at the feet of Lord), he expounded on the Advaita Vedanta doctrine which had its influence on the growth of Hinduism. He also preached Vedic knowledge.

Regarded as one of the greatest gurus and philosophers in Hinduism, Sri Adi Shankaracharya or Adi Shankara is also known as the savior of Vedic Dharma. He was also known as the exponent of Advaita Vedanta. The concept of Atma or soul was explained by him. He explained the concept of Vairagya (renunciation), Parmatma (divine soul), and Moksha (salvation). When Hinduism was in a state of decline, his teachings had an influence on the growth of the Hindu culture. Shankaracharya is said to have resuscitated Hinduism, along with philosophers Madhava and Ramanuja.

As Adi Shankaracharya put forward the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta and explained and reinterpreted Hindu scriptures like the Upanishads, and Bhagavad Gita. He also helped people to interpret the primary principles of Brahma Sutras. In order to revive Hinduism, he traveled to various nations. His contributions do not stop here as he also established four monasteries (mathas) in four corners of India — Kashmir in the North, Jagannath Puri in the East, Sringeri in the South, and Dwaraka in the West.

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