Ayodhya: Why Shankaracharya will not go to Ram Mandir Pran Pratishta ceremony?

As the date of Prana Pratishtha at the Ram temple in Ayodhya on 22nd January approached, the discussion started about who would participate in this ceremony.

Congress answered the question which has been unanswered for the last several days on Wednesday.


The Congress rejected the invitation saying that the BJP is giving political shape to the Ram temple ceremony to gain political advantage in the elections.


The Congress released a statement saying, “Lord Ram is the idol worshiped by crores of Indians in our country. Religion is a personal decision of a person, but BJP and RSS have made Ram temple a political issue for the last several years. It is clear that a half-baked construction for political gain is being done.” Preparations are being made to inaugurate the temple.

The Congress said, “We accept the decision given by the Supreme Court in the case of Ram Mandir in 2019 and respect the sentiments of the people, Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi and Adhiraranjan Chaudhary respectfully decline this invitation of BJP and RSS.”


On the other hand, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has clarified that BJP’s senior leader LK Advani will participate in the Ram Mandir Pranpratistha ceremony. A few days ago, there were reports that Advani would not participate in the ceremony.


Peethas founded by Adi Shankaracharya have four Shankaracharyas. According to Hinduism, they have got a place of faith.


Among them, two Shankaracharyas have also decided not to go to Ram Mandir Pranpratistha.


The other two Shankaracharyas have taken out a press release and appealed to everyone to participate in this ceremony.

Importance of Shankaracharya

According to religious belief, Shankaracharya is the highest rank of priest in Hinduism.

In Hinduism, Shankaracharya is looked upon with respect and reverence.


Adi Shankaracharya is also known for his philosophical interpretation of Hinduism.

Adi Shankaracharya also established four mathas for the propagation of Hinduism. It was the responsibility of these monasteries to spread religion. These four monasteries are as follows.


  • Sringeri Math, Rameswaram Tamil Nadu- Shankaracharya Bharatithirtha Maharaj
  • Govardhan Math, Puri Odisha- Shankaracharya Nishchalananda Saraswati Maharaj
  • Sarada Math, Dwarka Gujarat – Shankaracharya Sadananda Maharaj
  • Jyotirmath, Badrika Uttarakhand – Shankaracharya Avimukteswarananda Maharaj
  • These monasteries have a very respectable place in Hinduism.


That is why, after the date of Ram Mandir Pranpratistha ceremony was fixed, an attempt was made to know the opinion of Shankaracharya.

What is the reason why Shankaracharya did not go?

Jyotirmath Shankaracharya Avimukteswaranand Saraswati said that all the four Shankaracharyas of the country will not participate in the Pranpratistha ceremony to be held on January 22.


According to Shankaracharya Avimukteswaranand Saraswati, this ceremony is not being organized according to Shastra.

Meanwhile, a press release has been issued on behalf of Sringeri Mutt and it has been said that ‘messages are being sent with a photograph of Shankaracharya Bhartitirtha, from which it is being pretended that Sringeri Shankaracharya is against the Pranpratistha program. But no such message was given on behalf of Shankaracharya. This propaganda is wrong.’


On behalf of Sringeri Shankaracharya, an appeal has been made to participate in the Pranapratistha program.


But nothing has been clearly said in the press release about whether Shankaracharya Jati will attend the event or not.

On the other hand, a video of Shankaracharya Avimukteswarananda is being shared on social media.


In this video, Shankaracharya Avimukteswar is seen saying, “If this temple belongs to the Ramanand sect, what is Champat Rai doing there? He should step aside from there and hand over all the sutras to the Ramananda Sampradaya. We are not anti-Modi, but we don’t want to be anti-religion either.”

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