PM Modi Unveils Adi Shankaracharya Statue, Know About The Saint?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 12-foot statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand on Friday. The statue of Adi Shankaracharya was rebuilt after it was damaged in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods. The statue was built with the effort of nine artisans, including Mysore-based artist Arun Yogiraj and it took one year for them to complete it.
Narendra Modi in his speech at the Kedarnath said that, “There was a time when spirituality and religion were believed to be associated only with stereotypes. But, Indian philosophy talks about human welfare, sees life in a holistic manner. Adi Shankaracharya worked to make society aware of this truth.”
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) November 5, 2021
Who Is Adi Shankaracharya?
Adi Guru Shankaracharya, an 8th-century spiritual leader and philosopher. He was born in Kerala to Nambudiri Brahmin parents. He was the exponent of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy. The meaning of Shankara – “giver of prosperity”. Adi Shankaracharya founded four mutts in India, at Badrikashram in the north, Dwaraka in the west, Jagannath Puri in the east and Sringeri in the south – These four mutts are believed to have helped in the revival and propaganda of Advaita Vedanta.
Adi Guru Shankaracharya is believed to have written more than 300 texts. The most important are Brahmasutrabhasya, his commentaries on ten Mukhya Upanishads, his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, and the Upadesasahasri. Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have died aged 32, at Kedarnath.