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Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti

Shankaracharya Jayanti is celebrated as birth anniversary of great Indian Philosopher and Guru Adi Shankara. In 2016, the date of Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is on May 11, Wednesday. Guru Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on the 5th day (Panchami Tithi) during Shukla Paksha of Vaisakha Month during waxing of moon (April – May). Guru Shankara was born in Kalady, Kerela during 788 C.E. and he left this earth for the heavens at young age of 32 in year 820 C.E.

Adi Shankaracharya brought out Santana Dharma, from the clutches of rituals. He is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Mahadeva by many people. Adi Shankaracharya consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanata and revived the teachings of Upanishads when Hindu culture was in decline.

Guru Shankara, along with Guru Ramanuja and Guru Madhava, was contributory in the revival of Hinduism. These three renowned Gurus (teachers) formed the doctrines that are followed by their respective sectors. These three teachers hadbecome the most important figures in the recent history of Hindu philosophy. He also gained spiritual guidance and became a master in semantics and dialectics.

Guru Shankaracharya is also known as Jagadguru (teacher of the world) as he saved Sanatan Dharma. Adi Shankaracharya established the thinking that one can gain Salvation (Moksha) through study of Vedas. He also travelled throughout the country to spread his teachings.

Guru charanam, bhaja charanam,

Satguru charanam, bhava haranam.

Maanasa bhajare, guru charanam,

Dustara bhava saagara taranam.

Guru maharaaj guru jaya jaya,

Para brahma satguru jaya jaya

This is the assertion of Guru Shankaracharya, India’s great philosopher-saint, reverently also named as Srimath Adi Shankaracharya.

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is celebrated by fasting, studying his work and by meditating. People recite his compositions and Prasad (sacred food) is cooked and distributed. This day is also celebrated by giving donations to the poor people.

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