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Time Required : 3-4 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
In God's own land, the birthplace of one of the greatest Indian philosopher lies. Kalady is a famous pilgrim centre which became famous as Adi Sankaracharya’s birthplace. Located near Cochin in Kerala, Kalady is dedicated to Sankaracharya and his memory. Kalady is a place that celebrates knowledge and culture. It gives utmost importance to its history and has established itself as one of the most important destinations for pilgrims. There are two major shrines located in Kalady, dedicated to the memory of Adi Sankaracharya.
The only son of Sivaguru and Aryamba, Sankaracharya is said to have completed the study of Vedas at the age of 16 itself. He also evolved the philosophy of Advaita, one of the two principals of the Vedantic school asserting the sole existence of Brahma. Out of the two shrines at Kalady, one is devoted to him as Dakshinamoorthi, while the other is dedicated to Goddess Sharada and is looked after by the Sringeri Mutt, which is believed to be situated exactly at the same place where Adi Sankaracharya's house once stood.
Kalady is also surrounded by a lot of important temples like Manickamangalam temple, Sri Krishna Temple, Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Mandapam to name a few. These are a bonus to pilgrims as they get the best religious experience out of Kalady. Kalady also has a lot of Ghats. With river bodies flowing through it and pilgrims around, it is a place to attain peace and forge it. The air of Kalady is filled with culture, history, religion, and spirituality making it a perfect pilgrimage.
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