Maha Kumbha 2013 : The Major Attraction of Mutts (Monastery)

Shri Adi Shankaracharya or the first Shankara with his remarkable reinterpretations of Hindu scriptures, especially on Upanishads or Vedanta, had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism at a time when chaos, superstition and bigotry was rampant. Shankara advocated the greatness of the Vedas and was the most famous Advaita philosopher who restored the Vedic Dharma and Advaita Vedanta to its pristine purity and glory.

Adi Shankaracharya's Dvaraka Pitha (Matha), Dwaraka, Gujarat, India

Adi Shankaracharya's Jyotirmath or Joshimath Matha, Chamoli (Badrinath), Uttarakhand, India

Adi Shankaracharya's Sringeri Sarada Pitham (Matha), Karnataka, India
Adi Shankaracharya's Govardhana Matha, Puri, Orissa, India

Shankaracharya's Monastic Centers

Shri Shankaracharya established four 'mutts' or monastic centers in four corners of India and put his four main disciples to head them and serve the spiritual needs of the ascetic community within the Vedantic tradition. He classified the wandering mendicants into 10 main groups to consolidate their spiritual strength.

Each mutt was assigned one Hinduism Veda. The mutts are Jyothir Mutt at Badrinath in northern India with Atharva Veda; Sarada Mutt at Sringeri in southern India with Yajur Veda; Govardhan Mutt at Jaganath Puri in eastern India with Rig Veda and Kalika Mutt at Dwarka in western India with Sama Veda.

It is believed that Shankara attained heavenly abode in Kedarnath and was only 32 years old when he died.

Direction City Branch of Veda Acharya Deity Name of Peeta
East India Puri, Orissa, India Rigveda Padmapaada Vimala Devi Shakti Peeta
South India Shringeri, Karnataka, India, Yajurveda Sureshwara Sharada Devi Sharada Peeta
West India Dwaraka, Gujarat,India Samaveda Hasthaamalaka Mahakali Peeta
North India Chamoli (Badarinath), Uttarakhand, India Atharvanaveda Thotaka Aamurtha Peeta

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