Tarun Vijay, the Chairman of the National Monuments Authority (NMA), met with Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed to proclaim the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya in the state a national monument. Following the meeting, Vijay said that the governor had agreed to provide all possible assistance in honoring the birthplace of one of India’s finest seers.
According to The Indian Express, the NMA will create a thorough study on the historical importance of Adi Shankaracharya’s birth, which occurred in the eighth century, and would subsequently submit the findings to the Archeological Survey of India for consideration.
Suppose the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) designates a monument of national importance. In that case, the central government is obligated to “maintain, protect, and promote the site,” which may be of significant historical significance, as mandated by the Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. Currently, the ASI is responsible for protecting over 3,600 national monuments.
According to Vijay, they would compile a thorough report on the historical importance of Adi Sankaracharya’s birthplace, which dates back to the early eighth century, and submit it to the ASI for review.
In early November, the prime minister dedicated a 13-foot statue of Adi Sankara at the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand.
In December last year, the NMA also conducted a comprehensive study of key Hindu-Buddhist sites in the Kashmir valley.
Adi Shankaracharya’s Historical Importance
Adi Sankaracharya contributed to the compilation of the Advaita Vedanta and resurrected a Hindu culture on the edge of extinction. He was born in the year 788 C.E. in Kalady, Kerala, and died at the age of 32 in the year 820 C.E. Shankara, along with Madhava and Ramanuja, established teachings that have been accepted and honored in the different sects until this day. The three is regarded as Hindu philosophy’s most powerful emblem in recent times. In early November last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a 13-foot statue of Adi Sankaracharya at Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand.