Jayanti of Adi Shankaracharya Bhagwan is celebrated every year on Shukla Paksha Panchami of Baisakh Month (Indian Lunar calendar). He was born in 788 CE in Kaladi village of Kerala. He is regarded as a Spiritual and Philosophical giant who re-established the Sanatan Parampara (Lineage) by establishing Advait Vedanta as the highest truth amongst all sects and paths. He also established four mathas in different parts of Bharat and organized the ascetics across Bharat Varsha.
Jagadguru Shankaracharya wrote commentaries on various Upanishads, composed many stotras and Vedantic texts. The pinnacle of the work remains his Bhashya on Ved Vyasa’s Brahma Sutra.
Before and during the time of Shankaracharya, Hinduism was under lot of pressure from altered version of Buddhism that was coming from Tibet. Shankaracharya through debates defeated great masters of various paths and sects and saved Sanatan Dharma from external onslaughts. He also prepared India from the Muslim and Christian Invasion that was to happen in India for next 1200 years.
In effect, we are still dealing with above mentioned attacks. It was a life of 32 years and yet the achievements are many. With due respect to all the acharyas who came after Shankaracharya, most of their work, apart from expounding their own versions of vedanta/brahma sutras, lot of their time has been spent in critiquing Shankaracharya and his work.
All of this shows the Magnanimity of Shankar Bhagvatpad. One shloka summarizes the reverence attached to Acharya Shankar.
“Shruti Smriti puranam alayam karunalayam
Namami Bhagavadpadam Shankaram Lokashankaram “
Meaning: “I prostrate to Adi Shankaracharya, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, who causes welfare to the universe, who is the repository of the Divine Knowledge of Vedas, Upanishads and texts of mythology and who is the embodiment of mercy.”
Highly recommended texts to know further about the glorious life of Shankaracharya: Acharya Shankar(Hindi) and Shankar Digvijay (English). Both these books are translation from Anand Tirth’s work on Shankaracharya. (Publication: Ramakrishna math)
A tale of one Jayanti and two Stalwarts – Part 1 authored by Ankita and Vijay Dwivedi