Adi Shankaracharya was born to Shivaguru and Aryamba , a Brahmin couple in Kerala ,788AD .He wrote copious commentaries on the vedic canon.He studied all the four vedas when he was still a child.At 7, he mastered all the holy shastra and upanishads. he was a philosopher and theologian from India who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.
His works in Sanskrit discuss the unity of the ātman and Nirguna Brahman "brahman without attributes".Shankara travelled across the Indian subcontinent to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra.He established Mathas or monasteries at Badrinath, Dwarka, Sringeri, Puri and Kanchi. The heads of the Mathas are named after him while the sanyasins who are his followers are called Dashnamis as they are known by the ten appellations namely, Teerth, Ashram, Vana, Aranya, Giri, Parvat, Sagai; Saraswati, Bharati and Puri.Shankracharya has also been called 'Shanmat Sthajianacharya' because he founded the following six religious cullts: (i) Ganapatyan, (ii) Kaumaram, (iii) Vaishnavam, (iv) Sauram, (v) Saktani and (vi) Shaivam. His literary works include commentaries called Shankar Bhasya