6000 YEAR OLD KEDARNATH TEMPLE, THE HIGHEST AMONG THE TWELVE JYOTIRLINGA SHIVA TEMPLES – Adi Sankaracharya renovated the Kedarnath shrine in 2000 BC. At the back, there is the Samadhi of Shankaracharya which is visited by all who visit the Kedarnath temple.
SRI ADI SHANKARACHARYA was one of the greatest Hindu philosophers who led a revival of Hinduism and this day is celebrated as his birth anniversary. Shankaracharya was born in 8th century CE and propounded the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta or non dualism where there is the unity of the soul (atman) with nirgun Brahman (supreme reality). Shankaracharya travelled across the Indian subcontinent to preach his philosophy and gained nirvana at Kedarnath, high in the Himalayas.