//Stone pillar image of Hindu saint identified

Stone pillar image of Hindu saint identified

Friday March 24 2006 10:18 IST

NAGERCOIL: Kanyakumri Historical and Cultural Research Centre has identified a stone pillar bas-relief image, which is said to be that of Aadi Shankara, the famous Hindu saint, at the Kanyakumari Bhagavthi Amman temple.

Dr Padmanaban, who undertook the research, said that the stone pillar bas-relief image, hitherto unidentified by archaeologists, had been identified as that of Adishankara, the proponent of Advaitha philosophy.

The image must have been carved to commemorate his visit to Kumariamman temple.

He said that the image of Adi Shankara could be found in all the Shivalaya temples like the temples in Thiruparappu and Darisamcoppu.

Contenting that the Adishankara, might have embarked on writing ‘Soundaryalahari’ at Kanyakuamri, he said, “Of all the works written about Goddess Sakthi, Soundaryalahari is the best’’.

He said that Aadishankara introduced Parikrama as a token of saivite and vaishnavite integration against the domination of Jainism in the area during 8th century.