Adi Sankara Jayanti Celebrations

Sankari Vakyartha Sabha

28th April 2020 | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (IST)

The Sankari Vakyartha Sabha is a unique scholarly Sanskrit discussion-debate on the Śāstra in the traditional style.

Organised by Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, it will be presented by 12 participants from Universities across India, coming together on the online platform for the first time.

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Bhashya Parayana

Bhagavad Gita Ch 16 Bhashya Parayana by CVV students | 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Introduction on Bhagavad Gita Ch 16 followed by reading out of each verse and Adi Sankaracharyaji’s bhashya on the verse.

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Philosophy of Adi Sankaracharya

OLA session with Prof. Gauri Mahulikar | 4:00 – 4:45 PM

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Adi Sankara Stotravali

LIVE on FB daily starting 28th April | 6:00 – 6:30 PM

Learn to chant the beautiful devotional compositions of Sri Adi Sankaracharya with Smt. Pramodini Rao, Academic and Campus Director, Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (CNBG)

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Soul to Soul

Celebrate Sankara! Express your gratitude through Dance | Poem recitation | Monoact

Adi Sankaracharya was an exemplary human being. He is known to most of us as an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologist, or as the consolidator of the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.

But that’s not all there is to him. There is so much more to him, so much we can learn not just from his works, but from the way he lived his life as well.

What is the most intriguing fact you know about him? Is there any of his works that you think is food for thought? Any incident from his life that taught you something or touched your heart?

If you do, and you are grateful for it, then here is a medium for you to express your gratitude. Soul to SOUL – an online competition where you can celebrate the life and works of Adi Sankaracharya and   express your gratitude to him from the depth of your Soul and thereby spread his message to another Soul as well.

What to Do? 

Make a three-minute video in Sanskrit or English, in which you can either –

  • Dance
  • Recite a poem or
  • Perform a mono act

The content of the video should reflect your insight or be about the lesson you learned or experience you gained from Adi Sankaracharya’s life or his works. The best video will receive a special prize and these videos will be showcased in the CVV YouTube channel as well.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Creativity & Uniqueness
  • Flow of the Content
  • Time Duration – 3 minutes maximum
  • Overall Impression
  • Age group – 17-28 years

Submit your video entries latest by: 28th April 2020, 11:59pm IST, to

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Read Sankara

Sri Adi Sankaracharya’s words on the tenets of Advaita Vedanta undoubtedly constitute a treasure trove of knowledge. Many a seeker prostrates at the lotus feet of the renowned Guru and learns from his words. Words come alive when read aloud.

On the occasion of Adi Sankara Jayanti here’s your chance to recite the immortal words of Acharya Sankara and share it with the world on your FB page with the hashtags #SankaraJayanti #ConnectwithAdiSankara.

What can you share and how?

Turn the FB Live on and recite/read one of the compositions of Adi Sankaracharya: stotras/bhashyas/prakarana granthas.
You could read your favourite portion from one of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanananda’s many commentaries on the great Acharya’s works.

Remember to share your offering of the reading with the hashtags: #SankaraJayanti #ConnectwithAdiSankara

Go Live with your post latest by: 28th April 2020, 11:59pm, IST


Inviting admirers of Acharya Sankara and his works!

Post your choice of Sankara’s keywords from a selection of six texts, on CVV’s social media.

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth in association with CIF is pleased to announce Sankara’s Keyword, an online event in view of Sankara Jayanti celebrations. The objective of the event is to popularise some of Adi Sankaracharya’s works and also to share with the world what you think are the most significant concepts in his teachings. Participants are required to select five keywords from any one of the following popular works of Adi Sankaracharya:

  • Sadhana Panchakam
  • Bhaja Govindam
  • Manisha Panchakam
  • Nirvana/Atma shatakam
  • Meenakshi Pancharatnam
  • Dakshinamurti Stotram

These keywords need not be the most frequently occuring words in the work. They are the words (or phrases) which you think are most significant for a student of Vedanta.

The rules:

  • Post all five keywords as a single comment. (for example, “śruti, vidyā, brahman, ekānta, jagat” Sādhana-pañcakam)
  • In one comment, post all keywords from a single work. (see example above)
  • Mention the name of the work from which you have selected the set of keywords. (see example above)
  • You can post as many comments as you want but make sure that each set of keywords, in one comment, is from a single work.
  • You may post a maximum of three sets of keywords (in three different comments) from a single work.
  • You may not post keywords from the same work referred to in the three comments immediately preceding your comment. (That is, if in the three comments preceding your comment, people have given keywords from Sadhana Panchakam, Bhaja Govindam and Manisha Panchakam, you should not refer to these works in your comment. Select another work from the list of six works given above.)
  • Do not give the entire verse; only the keywords.
  • You may write your comment in Devanagari or Roman or any other script.
  • Include the hashtags #SankaraJayanti #SankaraKeywords
  • You can share the link and tag your friends.

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