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Adi Guru Shankaracharya Statue: Must Visit Place in Kedarnath Dham

The rebuilt statue of the renowned 8th century philosopher Adi Shankaracharya which has just been installed on 5th November 2021 behind the holy Kedarnath Temple is blazing bright with beauty and standing in pride with its full charm.

Unfortunately, the statue of Sri Adi Shankaracharya was washed away in 2013’s drastic floods in Uttarakhand. Its reconstruction work has been going on since 2019 and the statue was installed in the month of November in 2021. Ever since the Shankaracharya statue in Kedarnath was rebuilt, it has become a wonderful sight to behold for pilgrims who visit Kedarnath Shrine as a part of holy Char Dham Yatra.

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Shankaracharya Statue at Kedarnath

Who was Adi Shankaracharya?

Adi Shankaracharya is a renowned Vedic scholar, saint and Hindu philosopher who lived around 8t century. He is the founder of Char Dham Shrines – Kedarnath Temple, Badrinath Temple, Gangotri Temple and Yamunotri Temple which are now major Hindu pilgrimage destinations to visit in India. It is said that at the age of 32 he achieved Nirvana (enlightenment) near Kedarnath Mandir. It is believed that he merged with the pious land of Kedarnath. He also built the hot water spring near Kedarnath Dham to protect his followers from extreme weather conditions of the Himalayas. He also established four Mathas (Ashrams) in different parts of India around 700 AD. One of the four Mathas is located in Jyotir Math in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand.

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Interesting Facts about Adi Shankaracharya Statue at Kedarnath Temple Premises

The rebuilt samadhi of saint Adi Shankaracharya is a wonderful attraction. The ambiance around the statue is serene and ethereal. You will need more than words to express the beauty and magical aura of the statue. It’s quite sublime.

Mentioned here are some interesting facts about Adi Shankaracharya Statue at Kedarnath Temple-

  • The magnificent Adi Shankaracharya Statue was carved by a Mysore sculptor Yogiraj Shilpi with 9 other artists and with the assistance of his son Arun. Yogiraj Shilpi has been in the profession of Idol making for five generations. He got the contract of making the statue of Adi Shankaracharya from the Prime Minister’s office.
  • The most interesting fact about the Adi Shankaracharya Statue is that it is only made up of one rock.
  • The weight of the rock is 120 tones but the statue carved out of it is 35 tones only.
  • Around 18 models were prepared for the Adi Shankaracharya Statue by different sculptors but only one was selected after the Prime Minister’s consent. That lucky artist/ Sculptor is none other than Yogiraj Shilpi from Mysore.
  • The height of Adi Shankaracharya statue is 12 ft.
  • The statue of Adi Shankaracharya will now stand the test of time as it is made of Chlorite Schist. Chlorite Schist is a very powerful rock which can sustain any damages from Rain, Sun and Harsh climate.
  • It took 1 year to build the wonderful statue of Adi Shankaracharya. The statue after completion was flown to Kedarnath through Chinook Helicopter.
  • The sculptors used Coconut water on the statue to show the radiance (Tej) of Adi Shankaracharya. It will retain the shine of the statue for a long time.

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Best Time to Visit Adi Shankaracharya Statue

The best time to visit Adi Shankaracharya Statue is in the summer months April to June. The weather will not be harsh for visiting Char Dham Shrines and witnessing the magnificent statue of Adi Shankaracharya behind Kedarnath Temple. Winter’s heavy snowfall makes it quite impossible to behold this statue and do Char Dham Yatra.

Now that you have got to know the significance and interesting facts about Adi Shankaracharya Statue at Kedarnath Dham Temple, make sure you do not miss to explore it properly along with the pious Kedarnath Temple while on your Char Dham Tour. It is because of the great saint Adi Shankaracharya we are able to behold the awe-inspiring Char Dham shrines of Uttarakhand.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who built the new Adi Shankaracharya Statue behind Kedarnath Temple?

The statue of Adi Shankaracharya was built by Mysore sculptor Yogiraj Shilpi with 9 other sculptors and his son Arun.

What is the nearest airport and Railway Station to reach the Statue of Adi Shankaracharya at Kedarnath?

  • Nearest Airport - Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station- Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway Station

What is the weight and height of Adi Shankaracharya Statue?

  • Weight of Adi Shankaracharya Statue- 35 Tones
  • Height of Adi Shankaracharya Statue- 12 Ft

Published: 06 May, 2022

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