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FOCUS KASHMIR

* Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsavam celebrated at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir-23 to 30 April 2017-Report and photos

* Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsavam to be celebrated at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir-23 to 30 April 2017-Invitation

* For the Welfare of Kashmir - Media Report

* Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsavam celebrated at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir-3-11 May 2016 -Report and photos

* Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir- 3-11 May 2016

IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES & EVENTS IN 2015:

* Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir- 17-23 April 2015


IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES & EVENTS IN 2014:

* Kashmiri Pandits Sammelan held- Camp at Bangalore - 10 May 2014 

* Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav celebrated at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir - 25 April - 4 May 2014

* Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir - 25 April - 4 May 2014

* Shri Amarnatha Yatra Phala- Telugu Translation Published

* Essence of Amarnath Yatra Phala


IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES & EVENTS IN 2013:

* Shri Amarnath Mahatmyam - Tamil Translation- Published

* Sri Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav celebrated at Srinagar, Kashmir -29 April - 15 May 2013

* Rudra Japam Performed at Jammu -17 - 19 April 2013

* Sri Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav at Srinagar, Kashmir -29 April - 15 May 2013

* 8 Jan 2013 - RAJATARANGINI - AUDIO CD Release


Important Programmes held in 2012

* 21 April 2012 - Samskruti Saptah held at Srinagar

* 25 - 26 April 2012 - Adi Shankara Jayanthi celebrated at Shrinagar, J&K -25 & 26 April 2012

* April 2012 - His Holiness visits Ancient Temples in Srinagar

* 16-20 July 2012 - Viswa Shanti Yagna - Veda Sammelan performed at Leh, Ladakh

 

Their Holinesses at the Shankaracharya Hill
Their Holinesses at the Shankaracharya Temple, Kashmir - June 1997

 

 

 

The Shankaracharya temple in Kashmir is situated in the Srinagar district on a hill, at a height of 1100 ft. above surface level of the main city on the hill. It is believed that Raja Gopadatya got the temple constructed , giving it the name of Gopadri. Sri Adi Shankaracharya is supposed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir to revive Sanatan Dharma, thus giving the temple the name of Shankaracharya Mandir and the hill itself is referred to as Shankaracharya Hill.

The temple is of great importance, not only from the point of view of religion, but also from architectural viewpoint. A high octagonal platform supports the temple, approached by a flight of approximately hundred steps. The sidewalls of the steps once bore some valuable inscriptions.
Their Holinesses Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyasri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji visited the hill temple during Their tour to Jammu & Kashmir more than a decade back. Their Holinesses had visited several other temples in Jammu and Kashmir, and performed the Chandramouleeswara Puja at Their camping place.

Kanchipuram and Kashmir

  • The great Saint Adi Shankaracharya, who hailed from the southern part of the country had travelled to Kashmir, more than two millenniums ago and spread the message of truth, oneness & harmony.
  • The Rajatarangini  authored by Kalhana has recorded the existence of a temple in the name of Shankaracharya and its renovation by a Kashmiri King Gopaditya. The Shankaracharya Hill on which the temple is situated in the heart of Srinagar is a place of great significance to the people of Kashmir and is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for those visiting Kashmir.
  •  The Kashmiri Pandits till date chant in their homes a hymn known as Gauri Dashakam composed by Adi Shankaracharya.
  • History shows age old connection existed between Scholars of Kashmir and Kanchipuram based on available works on Kashmiri Sharada Script. Sarvajna Peetam exists in both the places
  • Acharyas who have visited Kashmir
    • Shri Adi Sankara
    • Shri Shankara’s disciple Shri Sureshvara
    • The 16th Acharya Shri Gauda Sadashiva was a Kashmiri
    • Many later Acharyars are reverred by Kings as perceptors.
    • King Lalitaditya of Kashmir established Anna dana shala in the name of 31st Acharya Shri Shilianidhi Brahmanandaghana
    • Welfare of the Kashmiri people is uppermost in the minds of Their Holinesses Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji and Pujyasri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji, who have performed yatras to J&K. The Seers have been striving hard towards the preservation of the Vedic Dharma there.

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  • With the blessings and benign guidance of Their Holinesses Pujyasri Shankaracharya Swamijis, several programmes with a focus on Kashmir have been organized by Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in recent times. Details of the same are presented below:
A temple dedicated to Devi Saraswati has been built at Ramban in J & K. Click here for details

2010

* Kashmiri Pandits Sammelan Held - Pandit Shri Omkarnath Shastry felicitated at Srimatam -12 Sep. 2010

* His Holiness' visits Jammu - A report - Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3

2011

* 16 January 2011 - Kashmiri Pandits Sammelan held at Bangalore

* 13 March 2011 - Similarities of Kashmiri and South Indian Culture - Meet held in Chennai

* 24 April 2011 - Seminar on Kashmiri Culture, Tradition, Values & Pandits held at Sanskrit College, Chennai

* 1-10 September 2011 - Vishva Shanti Maha Yajna at Shrinagar, Kashmir

* 1-10 October 2011 -Vishwa Shanti Yagnya at Khir Bhavani Temple, Kashmir
- Poornahuti held in the presence of His Holiness

* 7 October 2011 - Kashmri Pandits meet held at Delhi

* 10 October 2011 - Lougakshi Gruhyasutram - Book released at Jammu

2012

* 21 April 2012 - Samskruti Saptah held at Srinagar

* 25 - 26 April 2012 - Adi Shankara Jayanthi celebrated at Shrinagar, J&K -25 & 26 April 2012

* April 2012 - His Holiness visits Ancient Temples in Srinagar

* 16-20 July 2012 - Viswa Shanti Yagna - Veda Sammelan performed at Leh, Ladakh

* 8 Jan 2013 - RAJATARANGINI - AUDIO CD Release

ARTICLES
Temples of Jammu & Kashmir - Photo -feature
Kashmir and Kanchi Kamakoti Pitham through the ages - English Version, Hindi Version and Sanskrit Version

Essence of Kalhana’s Rajatarangini

Kalhana’s Rajatarangini is a work relating the Parampara of kings that ruled Kashmir. It is written by Kalhana in the form of poems in eight chapters termed Tarangas (Waves) describing the lives and exploits of these kings and the conditions that prevailed in Kashmir during their times. This way it contributes to the study of history of that region during those times. This study is based upon the book written by M.A.Stein, who has translated this work in English from the Sanskrit original. On kamakoti.org, the essence of each of the eight chapters is presented.

Their Holinesses at Shankaracharya Temple, Kashmir - a page from the past
Avantipur By eminent Archaeologist – Dr. R. Nagaswamy – Notes on the magnificent temple built by Raja Avantivarman of Utpala Dynasty
Tamil Translation of Article on Kashmir - In search of roots
Martand - by Dr. R. Nagaswamy