[Advaita-l] Web-sites related to advaita

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 12 14:48:45 CST 2005

--- S Jayanarayanan <sjayana at yahoo.com> wrote:

> --- Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian <rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > 2. http://www.namboothiri.com/ - generally about nambbothiris
> > (brahmins indigeneous to Kerala). They have a page on sa.nkara (of
> > course!) -
> http://www.namboothiri.com/articles/sankaraachaaryar.htm.
> I had referred to the above website a while ago (10 Dec 2001), since
> I
> felt there was a discrepancy between the claims of the website and
> the
> advaita tradition. The advaita tradition says that Shankara was a
> yajur-vedi (e.g. Sureshvara's commentary on the taittirIya upanishhad
> of the kR^ishhNa yajur veda is said to be inspired due to the fact
> that
> Shankara was a KR^ishhNa yajurvedi), but the website says that he was
> a
> rig-vedi without giving any reason whatsoever for this claim. 

The old posting is at
and the reference is to the Namboothiri FAQ at

Q-16. Are Adi Sankaran's Vedam and Gothram known? You trace the mother
to Melpuzha Mana. You merely name the father as Kaipilli Sivaguru.
(Prof. Mahadevan, Howard University, USA)

Ans: Sri Sankarachaaryar was a Rigvedi - Aswalaayanan. He belonged to
Kaippilly Mana near Kaladi. His Gothram is not known but can be found
out. His Ammaath (mother's house) was Melpazhur Mana, also a Rigvedi -
Aswalaayanan. Melpazhur Mana's Gothram is Angirass, and Pravaram,
Bharadwajam. Owing to his father's death, his mother's brother
conducted his Upanayanam.


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