Around 507 B.C. there descended on the sacred, deeply adorable soil of this holy land a personality extraordinary who by the sheer force of his matchless erudition, enlightened the whole world. He was none other than Acharya Adi Shankara, a very embodiment of Lord Shiva, tenth in the line of Guru traceable back to Sriman Narayana himself. He had dispelled one for all the thousand and one dark force that were hitting hard at the very foundation of Sanatana Dharma and flew aloft unshakably the banner of Sanatana Dharma, thus establishing its invulnerability once for all. As is anybody’s guess, all this he accomplished solely by his all-too-rare spiritual wisdom, luster and strength, in short, his spiritual process.
His holiness Adi Shankaracharya was born in Kaladi villege of Kerala.His father’s name was Shivaguru and mother’s name was Sati Aryamba. He was by cast Nambudaripad Brahmin. He was born on Yudhisthir Sambat 2631 in 507 B.C. on Vaishakha Sukla Panchami on Sunday. His thread ceremony took place at the age of 5 years. Taking his mother’s blessings, he left hearth and home as a body to take a life of Sanyasa initiated by Shree Govindapadacharya on the auspicious day in the Kartik month on Devothana Ekadashi. From the age of 5 to 8 years Acharya Shankara learnt deep studies on the Vedas, Vedanga, Dharma Shastra, Purana, History and Budhagama etc. According to Sanatana Dharma and Shiva Purana, Hindus call Adi Shankaracharya as reincarnation of Lord Shiva. According to Adi Shankaracharya philosophy all the four Peeth’s Acharya are known as Shankaracharya.
Acharya Shankara within a short span of sixteen years re-established Sanatana Dharma after overcoming not only Budhism and other directionless religions but also climes and languages and incarnation (Tantra Mantra). His holy body left in demise at the age of 32 years in the year 2663 says 475 B.C. on the holy day of Kartika Poornima.