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B Upendran | HENB | Mysuru | May 10, 29022:: “Adi Guru Shankaracharya travelled across the country on foot when the very existence of Hinduism was at stake and created awareness among the people on protecting Hinduism,” opined MLA S.A. Ramdas.
Ramdas was speaking at the ‘Shankara Jayanthi’ celebrations jointly organised by the Department of Kannada & Culture and Shankara Jayanthyotsava Samiti at the premises of Shankar Mutt on Friday.
“We tend to forget Dvaita and Advaita philosophies even after listening to them because we live in a materialistic world. We must imbibe the ideologies of Sri Shankaracharya in our life and move forward,” added Ramdas.
The role of Adi Shankarachary to save Sanatan Hindu Dharma is remembered in Shakaraayanti.
Adi Shankaracharya (509–477 BCE as estimated) born in Kerala’s Kaladi and established the Sanatana Vaidik Dharma again in Bharat region establishing four mutts accordingly at Dvārakā on West at 491 BCE, Jyotirmath on North at 485 BCE, Jagannatha Puri on East at 484 BCE and Sringeri on South at 483 BCE. The Sanatana Vaidik Dharma is now popularly known as Hindu Dharma.
Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd. (MPVL) Chairman N.V. Phaneesh, who too spoke, said that seeing Hinduism in danger, Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya travelled across the country and infused confidence among Indians. “Shankaracharya is primarily responsible for the survival of Indian culture. He strived hard to bring unity and nationalism among Hindus,” he added.
Dr. H.L. Chandrashekar, retired Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Mysore (UoM), observed that though Shankaracharya lived for a short period, he made the entire world look towards India. He was such a great philosopher and intellectual, he opined.
MLA L. Nagendra, MUDA Chairman H.V. Rajeev, KEA Chairman A. Hemanth Kumar Gowda, CADA Chairman N. Shivalingaiah, ADC Dr. B.S. Manjunathaswamy, Kannada & Culture Department Assistant Director H. Channappa, Corporators B.V. Manjunath, M.C. Ramesh, M.V. Ramprasad and others were present.
__Inputs from Star of Mysore.