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Situated on the north banks of the Periyar river, this tiny village is now a popular place of pilgrimage. Cradled in green fields, the place has a small temple complex and the Sringeri Math said to mark the site of Shankarachary's house.
Sringeri Mutt complex
Adishankara Janmabhoomi Temple, Kaladi
The Adishankara Janmabhoomi Temple was built in the year 1910 by the 33rd swami of the Sringeri Ashram, Sachithanda Shivabhinava Narasimha Swamikal with the help of the Sree Moolam Thirunal. The Samadhi (tomb) of Shri Sankara's mother Aryamba and the Crocodile ghat where AdiSankara took his vows of renunciation is also seen here. Timing : 5am to 1pm; Evening : 4pm to 8pm. Contact no: 0484-2462350; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Small Entry Fee. Parking Rs: 10
The evening prayers are conducted with chanting accompanied with the rhythmic ringing of cymbals at the small temple of Vinayaka or Ganapati situated nearby.
Sri Sankaracharya was born at Kalady as the only son of Sivaguru and Aryamba, a Kerala Brahmin couple. His early life was marked by several miraculous exploits that single him out for a divine role. Among the miraculous happenings associated with his life is one, when he is believed to have diverted the course of the river Poorna, then flowing one and a half kms away from the house, for his aged mother so that she could have her daily bath in the river without walking a long way. Even today one can see the river has taken an uncharacteristic turn towards the Sringeri Math shrine, believed to be the site of Sankara's house. The extra ordinary intelligent boy mastered the Vedas and completed his studies when he was merely 16 years of age. He then spent many years of his life preaching the Vedic Dharma as well as its universality and superiority. He established four 'Maths' at Sringeri, Dwaraka, Joshimath and Puri. At the age of 32, he attained 'mahasamadhi'.
Besides the road nearby, there is an 8 storey-high brilliantly
painted memorial, Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthambam here. Built by the
Kanchi Mutt, it is 45 m tall octagonal tower commemorates Shankarachary's
life and work in words, symbols and pictures. The entrance to the memorial,
is guarded by two elephant statues. Several large statues of Ganapati,
Adi Sankara, Karthikeya, Surya, Vishnu and others are also housed in this
Sri Krishna Temple, Kalady
Crocodile Ghat, Kalady
Sri Sadvidya Sanjivini Rig Veda Patashala at Kalady is a unique institution that teaches Vedas and Sastras in the traditional method. The patashala established by Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati Mahaswamigal, is managed by the Sringeri Mutt.