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Shankara Jayanthi

Apr 2009 (annual)
A chance to learn a little of one of the many branches of Indian religion: this day is the birthday of Bhagavan Shankaracharya, founder of the School of Monastic philosophy and avatara (disciple) of the Hindu god Shiva. Devotees celebrate by studying Shakaracharya's works, praying and meditating. In Mumbai, a special puja (Hindu tradition of prayer and offerings) and celebration at the temple, the Shankara Math, will be followed by lectures on the life and teachings of Shankaracharya.
Shankaracharya was a great devotee of Hinduism and is considered to be IndiaȤȤs greatest philosopher-saint. He was born at a time when Indian thought and culture were decaying, when the influence of the Buddhistic cult was gradually dying, when there was complete chaos and confusion. Known to enlighten minds through peaceful persuasion and loving propaganda, Shankara gave concrete form to Hinduism and established unity and purity of enlightened Hindu thought.

This festival is sometimes also called Acharya Shankara, Shankara Jardiyu or Vaishakha Shuddha Panchami.

Respectful dress inside the temple is imperative; shoulders must be covered and shoes left outside the entrance.
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