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Shankaracharya Samadhi, Kedarnath

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Shankaracharya Samadhi or the grave of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is situated in proximity to the Kedarnath Temple. Sri Shankaracharya was a noted Hindu Sage, who travelled far and wide to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta. It is also believed that it was he who remodelled the Kedarnath Temple in the 8th century and also established four Mathas. According to legends, he started his journey from Jyotirmath Ashram of Badrinath and travelled to the mountains of Kedarnath, which became his final resting place. Four of the most loved disciples of Shankaracharya followed him but he insisted upon them to leave and continued the journey alone.

Travellers can also find a hot water spring in the region, which was supposedly created by Shankaracharya to wear off the pain of his disciples who were suffering from the adversities of the climate. According to a folklore, Shankaracharya took his Samadhi at an early age of 32 years after finding Char Dhams, the pilgrimage of the Hindus.

 

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