Shri Adi Shankaracharya or the first Shankara,. had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism at a time when chaos, superstition and bigotry was rampant. He made remarkable reinterpretations of Hindu scriptures, especially on Upanishads or Vedanta . Shankara advocated the greatness of the Vedas and was the most famous Advaita philosopher who restored the Vedic Dharma and Advaita Vedanta to its pristine purity and glory.
Shri Adi Shankaracharya, known as Bhagavadpada Acharya (the guru at the feet of Lord), apart from refurbishing the scriptures, cleansed the Vedic religious practices of ritualistic excesses and ushered in the core teaching of Vedanta, which is Advaita or non-dualism for the mankind. Shankara restructured various forms of desultory religious practices into acceptable norms and stressed on the ways of worship as laid down in the Vedas.
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