Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi: Kedarnath Temple

Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi Kedarnath is a tranquil place that embodies the profound spiritual influence of this great Hindu saint. Let your soul be soothed through meditation, prayer, and religious rituals performed by the caretakers here. This peaceful place is perfect for those who want to rejuvenate their spirit and help attain moksha.

Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi Kedarnath

The Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya is situated at the back of the Kedarnath Temple, and it is believed to be the final resting place of the great philosopher. The Samadhi is made of black stone and is surrounded by a small garden. The area around the Samadhi is peaceful and serene, and it offers a quiet place for meditation and introspection.

The Samadhi is located at a distance of about 600 meters from the Kedarnath Temple, and it can be reached by foot. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water and snacks, as the walk to the Samadhi can be tiring.

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Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi Kedarnath
Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi Kedarnath

Who is Adi Shankaracharya

The Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi is located inside the Kedarnath Temple complex in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Adi Shankaracharya was a philosopher and theologian who lived in India during the 8th century AD. He is believed to have founded the Advaita Vedanta School of philosophy, which is one of the six main schools of Hindu philosophy.

Adi Shankaracharya was born in the south of the Indian subcontinent. He went on a pilgrimage to the Himalayan mountain range in Uttarakhand, India, where he discovered Char Dham or temples. Thereafter, these became known as Char Dham Temple,  Yamunotri Temple, Gangotri Temple Kedarnath Temple, and Badrinath Temple.

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Statue of Shankara at Kedarnath Temple
Statue of Shankara at Kedarnath Temple

How did Adi Shankara Die?

There is an old story. It goes that when Adi Shankara was going to visit his God, he saw a low-caste man in front of him. Without realizing who he was, he told the man to move out of the way. The man just stood there and asked a question: “should I move or should my body?” And that is when Shankara said, with some realization, “That’s me!”

 Adi Shankara felt so hard, and that was the final day he spoke. Then after he never gave any teaching. He just walked away straight to the Himalayas. No one ever saw him again. So, nobody knows how Adi Shankara died.


The shrine of Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi Kedarnath is located within the temple premises of Kedarnath Temple and is a great place to visit.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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