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Adi Shankaracharya: The Architect of Pilgrimage Tourism in India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Tourism, K.M. Govt. P.G. College, Narwana, Haryana, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Education, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (7), Pages 24-28, July,14 (2015)


Travel in the past was not an easy task. There are numerous historical records which show that danger from dacoits, illness and wild animals were major resistance to travel form one court to another. Yet, there was a man of action during the time of 8th and 9th century who not only traveled from north to south and east to west to all major places of then India, but also propounded such a system of travel and tourism in which people have to travel throughout the country in all four directions to complete their sacred journey. He was none other than the great Indian philosopher, popularly known as Adi Shankaracharya. He was also a great thinker of scientific outlook. The focus of present paper is to access his personality as an architect who wove such a web of Indian pilgrimage tourism system which attracts the people from every nook and corner still today.


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