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Adi Shankaracharya

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: IE

 Context: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister recently unveiled a 108-foot-tall ‘Statue of Oneness’ dedicated to the Hindu saint Adi Shankaracharya in Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh.

  • This statue represents Adi Shankaracharya at the age of 12 when he is believed to have visited Omkareshwar.

  

About Omkareshwar:

Omkareshwar, located on the Mandhata island along the Narmada River, is home to two of the 12 Jyotirlingas, sacred to Lord Shiva. It is also near the Mahakaleshwara Jyotirlinga in Ujjain. The island hosts Shaivite, Vaisnavite, and Jain temples dating back to the 14th and 18th centuries.

About Adi Shankaracharya: 

Adi Shankaracharya, who lived between 788 and 820 AD, was born in Kerala’s Kaladi and became a sanyasin at a young age. He travelled extensively, visiting important spiritual centres and authoring many works, including commentaries on the Upanishads, the Brahmasutra, and the Gita while advocating Advaita Vedanta.

 

Comparison between Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Ramanujacharya: