Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 12-foot statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya at the seer’s rebuilt samadhi in Kedarnath on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 12-foot statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya at the seer’s rebuilt samadhi on Friday. The samadhi of the eighth-century seer was rebuilt after it was damaged in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
“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,” PM Modi said in Kedarnath.
Work on the Shankaracharya statue, weighing around 35 tonnes, had begun in 2019. The statue was made by Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru.
The unveiling of the statue was streamed live at 12 jyotirlingas, four mutts established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya, his birthplace and a number of prominent temples across the country.
Adi Guru Shankaracharya, an 8th-century spiritual leader, and philosopher born in Kerala was the exponent of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy.
He set up four mutts in India, at Badrikashram in the north, Dwaraka in the west, Jagannath Puri in the east, and Sringeri in the south.
Adi Guru Shankaracharya is believed to have written more than 300 works in Sanskrit. His masterpiece is the Brahma-sutra-bhashya, the commentary on the Brahma-sutra, which is a fundamental text of the Vedanta school.
His birth anniversary is observed as Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti. This year it was celebrated on May 17.