Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday unveiled the idol of Adi Guru Shankaracharya at Kedarnath, the abode of Lord Shiva. After unveiling a twelve-foot tall statue of Shankaracharya, carved out of a single rock, the Prime Minister sat in front of him and worshiped him. Earlier, Modi reached the Kedarnath temple and offered special prayers to Lord Shiva, and performed his Rudrabhishek. On reaching the main gate of the temple, the priests welcomed the Prime Minister with a paste on his forehead. Modi's program was telecast live in pagodas across the country including the Char Dhams, Badrikashram Jyotirpeeth Badrinath, Dwarka Peeth, Puri Peeth, and Rameshwaram, and 12 Jyotirlingas established in all four directions by Adi Shankaracharya. In the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, the samadhi (final resting place) of Adi Guru Shankaracharya, built next to the Kedarnath temple, was washed away. Under the reconstruction project, a new statue of Shankaracharya has been installed just behind the Kedarnath temple. Adi Shankaracharya had established the famous Char Dham and Maths of Sanatan Dharma. He had made an important contribution to save the splendor of Sanatan Dharma and to unite the whole of India in the thread of unity.
Many sculptors had given a large number of models for the construction of the statue of Adi Shankaracharya. One model was selected from about 18 such models. The model was selected after the consent of the Prime Minister. Sculptor Arun Yogiraj of Mysore in Karnataka has made this idol, his five generations are involved in this work, Arun himself is an MBA but he makes sculptures. The team of 9 people worked on the statue of Adi Shankaracharya and started the work of making the idol in September 2020. Work was done on the statue for almost a year and in September this year, the idol was taken from Mysore to Uttarakhand by Chinook helicopter and here the idol was made from Krishna Shila (Black Stone). A single rock of about 130 tonnes was selected for the construction of the statue of Shankaracharya. When the rock was cut and cut, the weight of the statue remained only about 35 tons. The height of the statue of Adi Shankaracharya is about 12 feet. During the construction of the statue, coconut water was used a lot on the rock so that the surface of the statue is shiny and also represents the "brightness" of Adi Shankaracharya. The black stone will not be affected by fire, water, rain, wind, that is, a rock capable of withstanding any weather was selected for the statue of Adi Shankaracharya.
Who was Adi Shankaracharya
Shankaracharya is known to have founded four mathas. His birth anniversary is celebrated on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month. Born in Kerala, Adi Shankaracharya was an Indian spiritual leader of the 8th century BCE. During that time, he did the work of connecting the Hindu religions divided into different sects. He consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta and founded four monasteries all over India.
Establishment of four monasteries in four directions: He is considered to have contributed significantly to the unification of Hinduism. The four monasteries founded by him are Sringeri Math in Rameswaram, Govardhan Math in Puri in Orissa, Sharada Math in Dwarka, Gujarat, Jyotir Math in Uttarakhand. Let us tell that these four monasteries are located in the four directions of India. It is said that the purpose of Adi Shankaracharya behind the establishment of these monasteries was to thread the whole of India into a single thread.