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From Kedarnath to Kalady, For PM Modi  Sri Adi Shankara is a National Icon

By visiting Kalady today, the birthplace of Shri Adi Shankara, Prime Minister Modi has made it clear that the seer stands as a national icon for him and the country

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From the final resting place to the place of origin of Shri Adi Shankaracharya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved a step forward towards projecting Shankaracharya as an icon of cultural integration in India.   

PM Modi visits the Janma bhoomi of Adi Shankaracharya

PM offers prayers at Kalady

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kalady in Kerala’s Ernakulam today (Sept 1), the birthplace of Shri Adi Shankaracharya, popularly known as Sri Adi Shankara Janmabhoomi Kshetram and offered prayers.

In 2021, PM unveiled Sri Shankara’s statue at Kedarnath

Only a year back, the Prime Minister had also visited Kedarnath in Uttarakhand to unveil a twelve feet high statue of Sri Shankaracharya at the very samadhi of the seer. The Shankaracharya’s samadhi too has been renovated some years back due to PM Modi’s efforts after it was washed away in 2013 Kedarnath floods. 

Sri Shankara credited with setting up for mutts 

Sri Adi Shankaracharya is credited with setting up four mutts across the country for revival of  the Hindu religion. Badrinath Jyothir Peeth in the North, Dwarka in the West, Govardhan Peeth, Puri in the East and Sringeri peeth down South In Karnataka. 

Badrinath Head Priest is a Nambudiri Brahmin from Kerala

Significantly, the seer was also instrumental in ensuring that the Head priest of the Shrine of Badrinath is a Nambudiri Brahmin from Kerala. This arrangement that has continued through ages was introduced by Shri Adi Shankara as part of Hindu integration in the Indian subcontinent. By allocating the position of head priest at Badrinath to a South Indian Brahmin, Adi Shankara ensured a cultural integration in the country.

By visiting Kalady today, the birthplace of Shri Adi Shankara, Prime Minister Modi has made it clear that the seer stands as a national icon for him and the country.

Jotirmay Thapliyal
Jotirmay Thapliyal

The writer has over two decades of experience in journalism that includes long stints with The Tribune and The Pioneer. Has acumen for political reporting. Keeps a passion for covering forests, wildlife and environment.

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