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The title is incorrect. No one writes "Shankara Charya". The correct two words are Shankara and Acharya. Besides, these words are usually combined, per Sankrit convention. The title should be changed to Shankaracharya. I will not be so bold as to make the change myself. Let's see if there is consensus first. David Spector (talk) 15:55, 10 July 2010 (UTC)
Correct, I also noticed this immediately. As nobody has made this change so far, I will make the change... Shankara Charya means something totally different in Sanskrit. —Preceding unsigned comment added by BookWormmm (talk • contribs) 04:55, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
YES;-) article to be renamed to Shankara Acharya or Acharya Shankara or back to Shankaracharya —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 17:53, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
In the section on the original Shankaracharya, I added this sentence: "He was given the name Shankara, which is one of the popular titles for the great God, Shiva." It struck me that a confusion of names was otherwise present since prior to this addition, the text went straight from Shankaracharya to Shankara. I do not intend to introduce doctrinal issues, BTW. Please alter my text if you can figure out how to achieve the same segue, from the honorific title Shankaracharya to the historical Adi Shankara, in a better way. Savitr108 (talk) 00:22, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
Also, when I have more time, I would like to change all the 'Sh' name beginnings to the palatal Ś as it is in all the initial text in this article. Savitr108 (talk) 00:26, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
If the article is about the title Shankaracharya, the biographical details given below (which are supposed to be about the person in the article titled Adi Shankara) should be deleted to avoid confusion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 12:20, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
I agree and so I have moved that content here (see below), as it does not belong in this article.
The Shankaracharya was born in the year 788 A.D in Kaladi, Ernakulam, Kerala, of a poor Brahmin couple, Shivagur and Aryamba. He was given the name Shankara, which is one of the popular titles for the great God, Shiva. Tradition holds that Shankara was born due the blessing of Lord Shiva. His father Shivagur was a priest in a Shiva temple. His father died when Sankara was only 3 years old. At the age of 8, Shankara left his house to seek a Guru after taking his mother's blessings. He promised his mother that he would return for her cremation ceremony when she died. Shankara exhibited extraordinary intelligence in his boyhood, mastering all the then-current theologies and philosophies by the age of 17. Travelling to Bhrugu Kutch, a part of Gujarat state on the bank of river Narmada, he found the great saint Patanjali ( "Govindpad") as his Guru.
Once, he chanted "Jalakarshan" mantra to save villages from over flooded Narmada by putting a pot at the entrance of his Guru's cave. After this incidence his Guru sent him to Kashi Vishvanath temple explaining the gist of all Veda and its principles. Following his mentor's words he went there and taught students like Vishnusharma and Totakacharya. He created saga of "Chandal" and "Manisha Panchak". At a very young age of 11 he started towards Badrinath as a savior for Badrinath temple which was frequently attacked by Chinese emperors.