Photos from top: Sri. Sringeri shankara math - kalady, the birth place of Jagad guru Adi Shankarar. 2.Shirine of Sri. saradamba. 3.Kumbhabhisheka held at kalady in 1910. Photos from Sringeri math web site with thanks Sankara met Sri. Govinda pada Acharya at Badrikashram in Badrinath & prostrated at the teacher's feet. When Govinda Pada asked who he was , Sankara replied " O revered Guru" I am not of the pancha bootha element but the immortal Atman (self) that is hidden in all names & forms . He told him that he was son of Sivaguru, brahmin of kerala. I was brought by my mother when my father died at my child hood.i have studied Vedas & Shastras under a teacher. I took Apath Sanyas when a crocodile caught my foot in a river.Kindly initiate me into Holy order of Sanyasa. Govinda pada was very much pleased to hear the truthful narration from Sankara.He accepted him as his disciple & initiated him into proper Sanyasa.Govinda pada taught him Advaitha philosophy which he learnt from his Guru Gauda pada acharya. Govinda pada asked Sankara to go to Kashi.Sankara proceeded to Kashi as per his Guru's instruction. There he wrote all his famous commentaries on Bhrama Sutra,the Upanishads & Gita . He then toured all over India.At that time other religions were found all over India. Sankara met the leaders of different school of thoughts & convinced them by arguments.He established the supremacy of Advaitha philosophy.He defeated Bhatta Bhaskara regarding his commentary on the vedhanta sutra.Dandi & Maurya became his students. He also defeated many pundits like Harsha, Abhinava Gupta,Murari misra,Udayanacharya,Dharma gupta,Kumarila & Prabakara.He also defeated Mandana Misra, an expert in Mimamsa & his wife Bharati who is said to be an avatar of Saraswati.Accepting the defeat,Mandana Misra became a disciple of sankara.Sankra took him to Sringeri & made him as the first sanyasin of Sringeri.His wife also accompanied him to Sringeri. She is there & worshiped even today.Owing to Sankara's actions all other religious faiths disappeared & he established the supremacy of Hindu Religion .