Kathmandu: Nischalananda Saraswati, current Shankaracharya of Sri Govardhana Peeth of Puri, Odisha, India, inaugurated the temple of Addya Shankaracharya constructed in front of the main gate of the Pashupatinath Temple amid a function here today. The temple, devastated by the 2015 earthquake, was reconstructed.
On the occasion, Saraswati said safety of Nepal in Himawatkhand would also ensure security of India, and Vedic Sanatana philosophy would be a protective shield in the region. Peethadhish of the Shankaracharya Peeth, Dr Ramanananda Giri, and Saint Dr Keshabananda Giri, who also serviced as chairperson of the Gurukul Council, said the Peeth was named after Addya Shankaracharya, and the importance of the Pashupati area is known to the world due to his visit to the area.
According to the Vedic Sanatani tradition, Addya Shankaracharya is considered as an incarnation of god Shiva. He established four Peeths in four corners of the Indian sub-continent to protect Sanatana religion and culture. These Peeths are being run as per rules made by him. He visited Nepal at the age of 28 or 30. Lichhavi King Shivadev had ruled the country when he arrived here in 478 BC.
The entire Sanatana religion followers were excited and gathered to pay homage to him in Nepal, it has been said. He then delivered his sermon in the premises of the Pathupatinath Temple. As a result, there was awareness among Nepal people about Hindu religion, and his disciples spread religious awareness.