Shankaracharya Jayanti, a day to remember Lord Shiv’s reincarnation
Jagadguru Shankaracharya is the leading saint in the Hinduism who shown ways to the society which had lost its path from the Bhakti and drove it in a right direction. Shankaracharya Jayanti is celebrated every year on 18th May. He was born in a Brahmin Family. He is considered to be an incarnation of Shiva and world’s greatest guru. There are many ancient stories behind his origin. Once all the rishi and God went to Lord Shiva and requested him to revive the world. Lord Shiva agreed their request and told that he would take birth in this world. Shankaracharya was known as the disciple of Govinda. Govinda was his guru who taught him Vedas and advait. He was the person who advised him to go to the world and spread truth throughout the world. People say that once in Badrinath, Shankaracharya saw Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu told him that his sculpture is in Alaknanda River, go and take it out and built a temple for it. This temple is known as Badrinarayan Temple which is a symbol of faith of people even today.
16 step pooja is conducted
His Jayanti is celebrated at huge scale. The celebration begins with Shodashopachara pooja. It’s a 16 step pooja sewa that is done by people at home. At Svayambhu Temple Ganpati hawan is done. At many places Bhiksha is offered to the people who takes part in the ceremony. In evening 1008 Chuttuvillaku (lighting lamps around temple) are lit around Ayyappa temple. Devotees chant various strotas which are composed by Shankayacharya. People remember this saint for his knowledge and noble deeds to the mankind. The devotees also keep fast on this day and worship their Guru on his birthday and seek his blessings to guide them.