Who are the four Shankaracharyas who are refusing to go to the Jan. 22 Ram Mandir event?

The top four “Shankaracharyas,” or spiritual leaders of Sanatan Hindu Dharma, have said that they will not be present for the Ayodhya Ram temple’s consecration event.

Adi Shankaracharya | Birla Sun temple
Adi Shankaracharya | Birla Sun temple


Though two of them have released statements endorsing the event, the top four Sanatan Hindu Dharma spiritual leaders, popularly referred to as “Shankaracharyas,” have decided not to attend the Ram temple in Ayodhya’s dedication ceremony on January 22. The Shankaracharya of Jyotish Peeth in Uttarakhand, Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati, stated that the building of the temple does not represent a victory of Sanatan Dharma.Who are the four Shankaracharyas?

The states of Uttarakhand, Odisha, Karnataka, and Gujarat are home to the top four Shankaracharyas, who lead four significant Hindu mutts.

The Shankaracharya Saraswati Swami Shri Nischalananda

The 145th Sankaracharya of the Govardhana Peetha in Jagannath Puri, Odisha, is Swami Nishchalanand Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Puri Gowardhanpeeth. On February 9, 1992, he assumed the Peetha’s leadership role.

Earlier this week, Swami Nishchalanand Saraswati Shankaracharya declared that the Ram Mandir event was against the scriptures and that it had become a political display. He added that he would not be attending.

Om Shanti Avimukteshwaranand Shankaracharya

One of the four cardinal pithams founded by saint Adi Shankara, Jyotir Math in Uttarakhand, is overseen by Shankaracharya Avimukteshwaranand, who also handles all rituals and events there. According to reports, he assumed the role in 2006.

Shankaracharya Avimukteshwaranand reportedly declined to attend the consecration ceremony since it did not adhere to Hindu religious customs. “We cannot go against our Dharma Shastra, but we are also not anti-Modi,” he stated.

The 36th Shankaracharya of the Peeth is Shankaracharya Bharati Teerth of Sringeri Sharda Peeth. Although there have been rumors in the media that he won’t be at the Ram temple ceremony on January 22, the Sringeri mutt has allegedly denied this. Whether the Shankaracharya would be present for the consecration event is still unknown.

Sadanand Saraswati Shankaracharya

One of the four cardinal peeth that the saint Adi Shankara founded is Paschimannaya Dwarka Shardapeeth, whose Shankaracharya is Sadanand Saraswati. Known by another name, the Kalika mutt, it is situated in Dwarka, Gujarat.

Reports state that Shankaracharya Sadanand Saraswati would not be there as well, although the spiritual master has not yet provided an official statement to support this claim.

The rites for the celebration will start on January 16 and the consecration ceremony for the Ram temple will take place on January 22. There are hundreds of people attending the event, including politicians, celebrities, and saints, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest.

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