Shri Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi

Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India

Shri Adi Shankaracharya (8th cent. CE in Kaladi, Kerala) was a Spiritual Guru, philosopher and theologian. His works had a strong impact on the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.

He founded four ‘Math’ which are believed to have helped in the historical development, revival and propagation of Advaita Vedanta.

Site Area : 8 Acres Including Udhyaan
Builtup Area: 30,000 SF
Services : Feasibility Study, Programming, Masterplanning, Building Design - Architecture, MEPF Engineering, Civil & Structure Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering, Exhibit Design, PMC, Detailed Project Report (DPR)
Accolade :

  • IGBC Green Platinum Rating, Outstanding Concrete Structure Award – 2022 by Ultratech Cement Ltd & Indian Concrete Institute - Uttarakhand Chapter

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    The existing temple axis
    deviates from the NS
    Orientation towards NW.

    The proposed Samadhi Axis is deviated further towards west, and approximately aligns with NW-SE Axis.


    To re-establish Shri Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi, as a spiral of life everyone goes through to achieve enlightenment

    Design Drivers

    To re-establish Shri Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi, as a spiral of life everyone goes through to achieve enlightenment

    Hindu Symbolism

    Design inspired by drawing symbolism from Mandala, the circle of life The Design tries to be a contemplation journey for pilgrims, make them look inwards into ‘Atman’. Design helps pilgrims to immerse into an inward journey.

    Spiral of Life

    The Samadhi is submerged and does not over power main temple, while allowing backdrop of Majestic Himalayan Mountain. The design is also inspired by ‘spiral of life’ and allows for transformative experience to pilgrims.

    Drawing inspiration from Shri
    Yantra for creating steps
    around central sculpture

    It is believed that Shri Adi Guru Shankaracharya was seen last at Kedarnath Temple, when he was 32. He took a Samadhi behind the Temple.

    Circulation Diagrams

    Entering Samadhi

    Entry and Exit from Sanctum

    Exiting Samadhi

    Section through Temple Plaza and Samadhi Sanctum

    Night View of Shri Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi Sanctum with ambient lighting

    Samadhi is mesmorising in all seasons

    Inner Sanctum of Samadhi after first snow fall post completion of project

    Samadhi Exterior with Kedarnath Temple in frame, after first snow fall post competition of project

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