Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam ?

Ravisankar Mayavaram msr at ISC.TAMU.EDU
Tue Mar 16 14:15:06 CST 1999

This issue was discussed on the list some time back.
Please refer to the article from Vidyasankar

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This will explain the issue.

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On Tue, 16 Mar 1999, Dattatri Radhakrishna wrote:

> Namaste
>    A doubt has developed in me regarding the title "Sankaracharya" being
> conferred on the Mathadipathis. In the books & information that I have
> read about Adi Sankaracharya, I have seen only the names of Sringeri,
> Dwaraka, Puri & Badrinath as the 4 mathas established by Sri Sankara. If
> that is the case then, why do we refer to the Acharyas of the Kanchi
> Kamakoti Peetam as "Sankaracharya" ?? I mean no disrespect to the matha
> or the people associated with it, I am just curious to know who
> conferred the title of "Sankaracharya" on the mathadipathis of Kanchi
> matha. Is there a *criterion* for being conferred the title of
> "Sankaracharya" ?
> Thanks
> Dattatri

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