Why do we celebrate Shankaracharya Jayanti?
Shankaracharya Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of Shri Adi Shankaracharya. It is believed that he was born in a Brahmin family in 788 AD at Kaladi in Kerala.
He was the Hindu philosopher and saint of eighth century. It is believed that he is an incarnation of Lord Shiva who arrived on the earth to disseminate harmony among humanity and to spread the message of Vedason. He created marvelous compositions in favor of Goddess and God and wrote explanations of chief Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and Brahma Sutra
The day is celebrated on the tenth day of Vaisakh month that is May or June in Northern India and on the fifth day of Vaisakh month in Southern India.
In the four corners of the Hindu land he founded four mathas or monasteries:-
1 The Eastern matha or Purvamnaya matha, the Govardhana matha, at Puri
2 The Western matha, Paschimamnaya matha or the Dwaraka Pitha, at Dwarka.
3 The Northern matha or Uttaramnaya matha at Joshimath.
4 The Southern matha, Dakshinamnaya matha, or the Sringeri Sharada Peetham at Sringeri.