Showing posts with label Kamakotipith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kamakotipith. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Are The Kamakotipith?

In the southern Indian city of Kanchipuram, a significant location for the Dashanami sect of Sanyasi ascetics.

According to local legend, the philosopher Shankaracharya founded the Kamakotipith, the earliest and most significant of the maths or monastic centers.

He then created four other centers at Joshimath, Puri, Shringeri, and Dwaraka.

This claim to primacy has sparked heated debate.

Opponents who favor one of the other four mathematics reject Kamakotipith's status as the first of the maths and claim that Kamakotipith is really a branch of the Shringeri Mutt.

The symbolism associated with the number four—the four cardinal directions, the four holy scriptures known as Vedas, and the four organizational groupings of the Dashanami Sanyasis themselves—supports these arguments.

The number four represents wholeness and completion, making a fifth holy center problematic.

Regardless of their validity, these claims have had little effect on Kamakotipith's standing.

It has a long history as an ascetic center, and its head monk is often regarded as one of the most prominent contemporary Hindu religious leaders, the Shankaracharyas.

The significance of Kamakotipith parallels the significance of Kanchipuram itself, which was such a prominent holy and political center that any ascetic center established there might obtain great status. 

You may also want to read more about Hinduism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.