Shankaracharya Jayanti 2017: Here is why the Philosopher-Saint is believed to be an incarnation of Hindu Lord Shiva!

Adi Shankaracharya, who brought out Santana Dharma, from the clutches of rituals, is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva by many people. It was Shankaracharya who had revived the teachings of Upanishads.

Adi Guru Shankaracharya

April 30, 2017: 

“Like the appearance of silver in mother of pearl, the world seems real until the Self, the underlying reality, is realized.”
Adi Shankaracarya

‘RELIGION is realisation, it is not mere learning’– This message which stands deeply in the minds of every Hindu is not just a mental conception. This is not a stretch of the imagination Nor is it a decision arrived at by vehement vituperation and incongruent argumentation promulgated by an ordinary intellectual prodigy. This is the assertion of Shankara, India’s greatest philosopher-saint, the incarnation of Lord Shiva, reverently known as Srimath Adi Shankaracharya. This year, in 2017, to commemorate him, devotees celebrate his birth anniversary as Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti on Aril 30.

The Indian Guru and philosopher Adi Shankara was born in Kalady which is situated in Kerala during 788 C.E. and he was disappeared at the young age of 32 in year 820 C.E.

According to the Hindu Calendar, Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on Panchami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month and currently, falls between April and May.

Shankaracharya consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanata (अद्वैत वेदान्त) and revived it at a time when Hindu culture was on the decline.

Adi Shankaracharya, who brought out Santana Dharma, from the clutches of rituals, is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva by many people. It was Shankaracharya who had revived the teachings of Upanishads. He is also the creator of many Hindu holy texts like Vedantas. It is said that he lived his life as a saint and gave a new direction to the Hindu religion.

Scholars differ regarding the period in which Adi Shankara lived but his birthday is celebrated annually on the same day – on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaisakha.

Here are a few interesting facts about the day:-

  • Arsha Vidya Satsanga (AVS), a group dedicated to re-establish the cultural self-identity of Hindus, celebrated the Shankara Jayanthi to commemorate the birthday of jagad guru Sri Adi Shankaracharya – a great reviver of Vedic Sanatana Dharma, at Keshav Smruti, Houston on Apr 21, 2012.
  • Puja and Havan are organised in many Shankaracharya Mathas on the sacred day of Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti. He is worshipped all around the country.
  • Many satsangs are also organized on this day. To commemorate him, Sanatan Dharma is also discussed in these places on this day.
  • It is believed that worshipping Adi Shankaracharya on this day relieves a person from all his problems.
  • Two popular rituals such as Dharma yatras and Shobha yatras are also organized on this day.
  • People recite his compositions and Prasad (sacred food) is cooked and distributed. This day is also celebrated by giving donations to the poor people.
  • Vedic scholars from all over India take part in the Veda Sammelan conducted on the occasion.
  • Examinations are conducted for advanced students of the Vedas.
  • Devotees fast for a day and worship Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh, Lord Surya, and Devi.
  • They also recite the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu mantras. Feeding Brahmans on this day is believed to be a charitable act.

Adi Shankara was a repository of vast and deep knowledge and was the embodiment of ‘para vidya’ which is defined as ‘yaha tad aksharam adhigamyathe’. He was mainly responsible for the resurrection of Hinduism from its shambles and re-established the authenticity of the Hindu holy texts Vedas to its pristine glory which was earlier rendered to redundancy due to the continuous onslaught from other religions mainly Buddhism.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6


  1. Sadhus and yatris came to Shankarcharya hill Srinagar on Shankarajayanti, and offered prayers for One India Strong India and Peace in kashmir.

  2. people pray for One India Strong India and Peace in Kashmir at Shankarcharya hill Srinagar on Shankarajayanti.

  3. veda chanting by kanchi team at lal chowk, Srinagar J&K in presence of Swami Vishwatmanand Saraswati maharaj will soon bring peace at Kashmir as part of Shankarajayanti . It is first time that the place which is sometimes known for violence has witnessed veda chanting. BY devine blessings the few misguided Youngsters will leave the path of violence and will return to shanti marga soon.

  4. One India Strong India volunteers – Bharat mata ki Jai at shankaracharya hill Srinagar April 30 shankarajayanti

  5. Yatris having langar at Shankaracharya hill at Srinagar on April 30 Shankarajayanti, More and More yatris are coming and praying for peaceful Kashmir and One India Strong India at Shankaracharya hill srinagar.

  6. Shankaracharya hill Srinagar Temple is 4500 year old and renovated, The temple was renovated in 371 BC ( 2300 years back) by king Gopaditya, founder of Gopkar dynasty. It is maintained by the Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust related to erstwhile royal family of J&K. located at a height of 6095 feet above the sea level, It is a protected monument by Archaeological survey of India. Several social service organisations, volunteers, government officials, swamijis, armed forces, police, tourist operators and media are supporting our mission to bring more awareness about this most ancient.and most powerful temple of Bharat.

    Sri Sri Ravishankar guruji had visited this temple few years back. Amarnath yatra starts and stops after performing a ritual here. many displaced kashmiri hindus also visit this temple on shankarajayanti. Even separatist call of their strike in Srinagar during shivaratri to facilitate smooth functioning of the program in srinagar in general and shankaracharya hill in particular. People know about Vishnodevi and Amarnath but this is the oldest temple of bharat which many people dont know. Lot of soldiers in srinagar from Army CRPF, ITBP , BSF visit the temple of this day and offer their prayers. Many local Kashmiri muslims also have great respect for this temple and few of them also visit the temple during these festivals because they feel it is part of their heritage.

    Other festivals where many local people come to shankaracharya hill Srinagar are on Shivaratri and Raksha Bhandhan, There are many Hindus is srinagar who are working in government offices who are from Jammu and many labourers from Bihar , these people visit during the festivals as it gives them lot of satisfaction.

    Shankarajayanti is the birth day of Adi guru Shankaracharya who was the pioneer on advaita philosophy and Shankaracharya hill in Srinagar is one of the most important place where adi guru Shankaracharya mediated. In 2019 the program was held on May 9. Every year people from throughout the country visit Srinagar on Shankarajayanti with a mission , it is to pray for peace and national harmony and for strong nation. Adi guru Shankaracharya was born in Kerala 2528 years back. The saint travelled thousands of km from Kerala came to Kashmir to do meditation at Shankaracharya hill Srinagar to spread the message of peace to humanity. Even today this hill has wild bear and leopards, imagine the power of a saint who sat and mediated there without getting harmed by wild animals. How did the saint climb from the foot of the hill till the top where he mediated no dought he was a great trekker and first mountaineering expert of bharata. All these shows Adi guru was a physically fit and adventurous saint,

    In 2019 Shankarajayanti Swami vishwathmananda SARASWATI from sunderbani ashram came along with 400 hundred of his followers and performed Abhishek for world peace. Several Purohit came from Kanchi mutt from Tamilnadu and performed homa, havan and Yagna for peace in the country. Ramakrishna mission Srinagar kept book stall on the teaching of rama Krishna paramahamsa to spread his message of universal brotherhood. Several displaced kashmiri Pandits led by ravinder pandita also came to pray for their peaceful return to the valley and they also prayed for the opening of Sharada Peeth in POK. The program was organised by Local business man Vidhu SHARMA who is staunch devotee of Shankaracharya. Program was given wide publicity, coordinated among the santh samaj, national leaders by team “one India strong india” led by mentor Bellur Laxminaray
    ana and Paneendra kumar from Bangalore who are driving this mission from past six years. Shankaracharya hill temple is the most ancient Shiva temple in india. Shankaracharya hill is very sacred hill where many saints have meditated in the past. VIP who visited were Shri B V R Subramanyam Chief Secretary J&K , Shri KK Sharma advisor to J&K governor, Shri Skandan k advisor to J&K governor , evening a satsang was carried out at Sanathana dharama sabha at lal chowk. The satsang was carried out by Swami vishwathmananda SARASWATI from sunderbani ashram along with 16 more sawamis and 200 followers. Veda chanting for world peace was done by scholars from sunderbani and kanchi during the saatsang. swami also spoke about the life of Adi guru shankaracharya life which guide people to live in harmony with each other. The program received wide publicity from all sections of print , electronic and social media.

    2020 Shankarajayanti on 28th April at Shankaracharya hill Srinagar will be very special. We request you to visit the temple, we also request you to publicise this more so that more people visit.


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