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Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsavam celebrated in Kanchipuram
11- 15 May 2013

With the Benign Blessings of Their Holinesses Pujyasri Shankaracharya Swamijis of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsavam was celebrated in different parts of the country. At Kanchipuram, the celebrations took place at Shrimatam and other places in the benign presence of Their Holinesses. Veda Parayanam, Bhashya Parayanam, Bhajans, Shloka parayanams, discourses and other programmes were held including Rudrabhishekam to Sri Acharyal on 15th May 2013 - Shankara Jayanthi day.

Every year as part of Shankara Jayanthi celebrations, Acharya vigraha is taken to various teerthas in Kanchipuram and Abhisheka and vishesha pujas are conducted. Accordingly, Sri Acharya's Vigraham was taken in a procession to the holy tank of Sarva Teertham and Abhishekam & Puja was performed. Sri Acharya was taken in a procession from Srimatam to the Upanishad Brahmendra Matam on an elephant . Abhishekam was performed to Sri Adi Sankara on the banks of the adjoining tank, followed by Alankaram and Archana.

Veda Poorthi Pariksha Certificates Distributed
His Holiness Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji distributed the Veda Poorthi Pariksha Certificates to the Students on the Sankara Jayanthi day at Shrimatham and conferred His Blessings to the Vidyarthis and their Gurus. Vidyarthis from various patasalas pursuing studies in the different branches of the Vedas had participated in the examinations conducted at Srimatam. Every year, the certificate distribution takes place twice - on the Shankara Jayanthi day and on Vijayadashami day.

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Deeparadhana

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Mangalavadyam and fire torches as part of the procession

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Veda Patashala Vidyarthis participating in the procession

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Acharya's Vigraha on the elephant - emerging out of the Kamakshi Ambal temple

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Acharya's Vigraha on the elephant

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Devotees offering puja to Shri Acharyal

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Procession arriving in Shrimatam

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi-
Vidyarthis completing the Veda Poorti Pariksha receiving blessings from His Holiness

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Vidyarthis completing the Veda Poorti Pariksha receiving blessings from His Holiness

Shankara Jayanthi celebrations at the University

At Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Maha Vidyalaya, Shankara Jayanthi was celebrated in the benign presence of His Holiness Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji. Special pujas, abhishekam, archana and deeparadhana were performed to the Tallest statue of Adi Shankara in the World.

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
His Holiness arrives at the University to witness the Abhishekam and pujas to the Majestic Vigraha of Shri Adi Shankara

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam being performed to the Monolithic 120 feet idol of Shri Adi Shankara

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Vedic Chants being recited During the Abhishekam

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abishekam

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Shri Shankara being adorned with Vastram and Pushpamala

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Pada Puja being performed to the Holy Feet of Shri Shankara

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Archana

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Deeparadhana being performed

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Devotees seeking blessings from His Holiness

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi


Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
His Holiness performing Abhishekam to Adi Shankara Utsava Vigraha at Kamakshi Ambal Temple

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
His Holiness performing Abhishekam with milk to Shri Shankara

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Floral decoration at the Shankaracharya Sannadhi in Kamakshi Ambal Temple

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam with dry-fruits

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam with curd

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam with fruit juice

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam with fruit juice

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam with turmeric water

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam with sandal paste

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Abhishekam with water

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Vastra samarpanam

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Shri Acharyal adorned with floral garlands

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
Shri Acharyal adorned with floral garlands

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
His Holiness receiving the prasadam and temple honours at the Shankaracharya Sannadhi

Adi Shankara Jayanthi at Kanchi
His Holiness receiving the prasadam and temple honours at the Shankaracharya Sannadhi



* Also read: Report on Shankara Jayanthi celebrations in Sikkim - 12-30 May 2013

* Also read: A report on Shankara Jayanthi celebrations held at Shrinagar


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