– D K Hari
– Hema Hari
Adi Shankara , the saint who propounded Advaita Vedanta, lived during 5th Century BCE. During his time he united various thoughts of Indian philosophy, as he travelled across the country by foot, conducting discourses, and taking part in debates with other philosophers.
Adi Shankara’s Chennai Visit
2500 years ago Adi Shankara visited areas around Chennai in 500 BCE. He visited Vadivudaiamman temple at Thiruvottiyur, which is in today’s North Chennai.
He also visited the Amman temple, west of Chennai, in Mangadu , Kamakshi Amman temple, south west of Chennai, in Kanchipuram and Akhilandeshwari temple in Thiruvanaikaval south of Chennai near Tiruchirappalli.
மாங்காடு அம்மன் கோவில்
Ammans at Thiruvottiyur, Mangadu , Kanchipuram and Thiruvanaikaval were in their ugra, ferocious form. Adi Shankara, through his penance calmed down the devi to make her sowmya roopi. He installed Arthameru yantra in Managadu, Vattaparai yantra in Thiruvottiyur , Sri yantra in Kanchipuram, Thadagam (large ear rings) to calm down the heat of the fire created by the Goddess and at the same time make it into a place that is soothing for all living beings. He, visited sakthi temples and established guidelines for Shaktham worship.
India as One Cultural Unit
Adi Shankara, over 2500 years ago, had recognized this cultural entity of the land. He travelled the length and breadth of this country and established many mutts along the way. He established four primary mutts, in the four directions of Bharat Varsha , and entrusted these mutts to His 4 primary disciples. They are namely,
- Govardhana Peetham – East
- Dwaraka Peetham – West
- Sringeri Sarada Peetham – South
- Jyothirmath Peetham – North
Adi Shankara also visited these places in Tamizhagam Thiruvannamalai, Chidambaram, Alangudi Thiruvidaimarudur, Tiruchy, Srirangam, Uppur, Rameswaram, Thiruchendur, and Kanyakumari.
In the end He came to Kanchipuram, where He attained Moksha. His Samadhi is located inside Kamakshi Amman Temple. There are others of the opinion that he merged with Lord Shiva in light form.
His followers then continued His parampara through the establishment of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. All his works are fully translated in Tamizh. AdiShankara’s philosophy and service continuing uninterruptedly for over 2500 years through hundreds of Veda Pattasalas, Tamizh Agama Pattasalas, Modern English Vidyalayas, Ayurveda Colleges & Hospitals, Modern Medical Hospitals, and public welfare community services in the name of him in tamizhagam.
(Thanks to R T Rajan for the help)