Sri Adishankara Namavali




Sri Adi Shankaracharya, was a great saint who advocated Advaita Vedanta in India.  He wrote commentaries on Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.  He explained the difference between Hinduism and Buddhism, stating that Hinduism tells “Atman (Soul, Self) exists”, while Buddhism tells that there is “no Soul, no Self”.

Shankara travelled across India to advocate his philosophy through discourses. He is reputed to have founded four Mutts.  He is also known as Adi Shankaracharya.

The birthplace of Adi Shankara is at Kalady, Kerala. It is believed that Shankara was born during the period 509–477 BC.

He was born to Nambudiri Brahmin parents, and they have named him as Shankara. He lost his father when he was very young.

He was the one who was attracted to the life of Sanyasa (saint hood) from his early childhood. He became the disciple to the great scholar Govinda Bhagavatpada.

Adi Shankara travelled widely within India, and participated in various debates held with various scholars of Hindu philosophy.  Adi Shankara had several disciples, which includes Padmapada, Sureshvara, Tothaka, Citsukha, Prthividhara, Cidvilasayati, Bodhendra, Brahmendra, Sadananda and others.

Adi Sankara is believed to have died at the age of 32, at Kedarnath  in the Himalayas.

Shankara’s masterpiece of commentary is the Brahmasutrabhasya, a fundamental text of the Vedanta school of Hinduism.

His commentaries on ten principal Upanishads are considered as good by the scholars.

Other famous works of Shankara include commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita which was well accepted by the scholars.

Shankara’s stotras considered as good by the scholars includes Stotras on Krishna and on Shiva and Adi Shankara’s commentary on the Brahma Sutras is well received.

Let us chant the following 108 beautiful names of Sri Adi Shankara and let us be blessed.

1) OM srisankaracaryavaryaya namah
2) OM brahmanandapradayakaya namah
3) OM ajnanatimiradityaya namah
4) OM sujnanambudhicandramase namah
5) OM varnasramapratisthatre namah
6) OM srimate namah
7) OM muktipradayakaya namah
8) OM sisyopadesanirataya namah
9) OM bhaktabhistapradayakaya namah
10) OM sukṣma-tattva-rahasya-jnaya namah
11) OM karyakaryaprabodhakaya namah
12) OM jnana-mudrancitakaraya namah
13) OM sisyahrttapaharakaya namah
14) OM parivrajasramoddhartre namah
15) OM sarvatantrasvantradhiye namah
16) OM advaita-sthapanacaryaya namah
17) OM saksacchankararupabhṛte namah
18) OM sanmatasthapanacaryaya namah

19) OM trayimargaprakasakaya namah

20) OM vedavedantatattvajnaya namah

21) OM durvadimatakhandanaya namah

22) OM vairagyanirataya namah

23) OM santaya namah

24) OM samsarnavatarakaya namah

25) OM prasannavadanambhojaya namah

26) OM paramarthaprakasakaya namah

27) OM puranasmrtisarajnaya namah

28) OM nityatrptaya namah

29) OM mahate namah

30) OM sucaye namah

31) OM nityanandaya namah

32) OM niratankaya namah

33) OM nissangaya namah

34) OM nirmalatmakaya namah

35) OM nirmamaya namah

36) OM nirahankaraya namah

37) OM visva-vandya-padambujaya namah

38) OM sattvapradhanaya namah

39) OM sadbhavaya namah

40) OM sankhyatitagunojjvalaya namah

41) OM anaghaya namah

42) OM sarahrdayasudhiye namah

43) OM sarasvatapradaya namah

44) OM satyatmane namah

45) OM punyasilaya namah

46) OM sankhyayogavilaksanaya namah

47) OM taporasaye namah

48) OM mahatejase namah

49) OM gunatrayavibhagavide namah

50) OM kalighnaya namah

51) OM kalakarmajnaya namaḥ

52) OM tamogunanivarakaya namah

53) OM bhagavate namah

54) OM bharatijetre namah

55) OM saradahvanapaṇditaya namah

56) OM dharmadharmavibhavajnaya namah

57) OM laksyabhedapradarsakaya namah

58) OM nadabindukalabhijnaya namah

59) OM yogihrtpadmabhaskaraya namah

60) OM atindriya jnananidhaye namah

61) OM nityanityavivekavate namah

62) OM cidanandaya namah

63) OM cinmayatmane namah

64) OM parakayapravesakrte namah

65) OM amanusacaritradhyaya namah

66) OM ksemadayine namah

67) OM ksamakaraya namah

68) OM bhavyaya namah

69) OM bhadrapradaya namah

70) OM bhurimahimne namah

71) OM visvaranjakaya namah

72) OM svaprakasaya namah

73) OM sadadharaya namah

74) OM visvabandhave namah

75) OM subhodayaya namah

76) OM visalakirtaye namah

77) OM vagisaya namah

78) OM sarvalokahitotsukaya namah

79) OM prapujakaya namah

80) OM kaṃcyaṃ namah

81) OM manorathaya namah

82) OM granthakalpakaya namah

83) OM caturdikcaturamnayapratisthatre namah

84) OM mahamataye namah

85) OM dvispatati matocchettre namah

86) OM sarvadigvijayaprabhave namaḥ

87) OM kasayavasanopetaya namah

88) OM bhasmoddhulitavigrahaya namah

89) OM jnanatmakaikadandadhyaya namah

90) OM kamandalulasatkaraya namah

91) OM gurave namah

92) OM bhumandalacaryaya namah

93) OM bhagavatpadasamjnakaya namah

94) OM vyasasaṃdarsanapritaya namah

95) OM rsyasrngapuresvaraya namah

96) OM vidhayakaya namah

97) OM catussastikalabhijnaya namah

98) OM brahmarakṣasaposakaya namah

99) OM svayambhujayasannutaya namah

100) OM toṭakacaryasampujyaya namah

101) OM padmapadarcitanghrikaya namah

102) OM hastamalayogindra namah

103) OM suresvarakhya namah

104) OM nrsimhabhaktaya namah

105) OM sadratnagarbhaherambapujakaya namah

106) OM vyakhyasimhasanadhisaya namah

107) OM jagatpujyaya namah

108) OM jagadgurave namah