Adi Shakaracharya Samadhi
#11 of 18 Places to Visit in Kedarnath
Distance (From Kedarnath): 0.1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. The grave of Shankaracharya is one of the most popular and most visited places in Kedarnath.
Adi Shankaracharya was a great scholar and a saint who established four sacred Mathas in India. According to history, he had made relentless journeys so as to propagate his Advaita Philosophy. The current shrine of Kedarnath is said to have been built by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. It is said that after establishing four sacred Mathas, Shankaracharya attained Nirvana at this place at the age of 32 years.
Originally it was a very small temple but the entire structure of Samadhi, statue of Shankaracharya and spatika lingam were rebuilt by Shankaracharya of Dwarka and Jyothir Peeth in 2006. Spatika lingam is basically a trigonal crystal, one part silicon and two parts oxygen. It has mysterious healing properties and removes all curses and negative karma. During the Flash Floods of 2013, the samadhi & temple were vanished.