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Shrines associated with Sankaracharya

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Aadi Sankaracharya brought about a renaissance of Indian spiritual thought in the 1st millennium CE. In a short life span he travelled through the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent. Templenet, on the occasion of Sankara's birth anniversary - 2000 provides a glimpse of some of the shrines associated with/visited by Sankaracharya.


The Vadakkunnathan temple at Thrissur  is closely associated with Sankara. Also near Thrissur is Kaladi, his birthplace.

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Subramanya Bhujangam, extoling Skanda is said to have been composed by Sankaracharya at Tiruchendur.
Jambukeswaram: The Akhilandeswari shrine at Tiruvanaikkaval near Tiruchirappalli is associated with Aadi Sankaracharya. kamakvim.jpg (52901 bytes) Kanchipuram: The Kamakoti Peetham and the Kamakshi temple here at Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu  are closely associated with the life of Sankaracharya.
The vast Tyagaraja temple complex at Tiruvotriyur, north of Chennai in Tamilnadu  is said to have been visited by Aadi Sankaracharya. tirupati.jpg (39652 bytes) Tirupati, the most visited pilgrimage site in India enshrining Venkateswara  was visited by Aadi Sankaracharya.
Sree Sailam: Sankara is said to have composed his Sivanandalahiri at the Mallikarjuneswara shrine in Andhra Pradesh. sringeri.jpg (23828 bytes) The Sringeri Mutt in Karnataka established by Sankara was one of the key factors behind the founding of the Vijayanagar Empire.
The Mookambika shrine on the West coast of Karnataka is closely associated with Sankara. purirath.jpg (28681 bytes) Puri in Orissa,  home to the Jagannath temple represents one of the mutts established by Sankara.
Benares - a revered pilgrimage center since time immemorial is closely associated with the life of Aadi Sankaracharya. banaras.jpg (71605 bytes) Dwarka, on the west coast of India is also the site of one of the Peethams established by Sankara.
Joshimutt in the lofty Himalayas is the first of the peethams established by Sankara. badr1.jpg (75018 bytes) Badrinath: The worship protocol established by Sankara is still followed in this Himalayan shrine.
Kedarnath, in the lofty Himalayas, visited by Aadi Sankaracharya   is believed to be the site where he attained samadhi. s1072.jpg (55046 bytes) The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotram composed by Sankara addresses each of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva all over the Indian subcontinent.