Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthampa Mandapam

Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam is situated in the Kalady village of the Ernakulam District of Kerala. Located on the eastern side of River Periyar, the structure is an eight storeyed memorial, constructed by Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. On climbing up to the top of the building, tourists can witness the eight sided statue of Adi Sankara, also known as Sankara Stupa. Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam is an eight-story memorial built by Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. The entrance to the memorial, guarded by two elephant statues, leads to the Paduka Mandapam. Two silver knobs represent the padukas, or wooden sandals of the Teacher. The walls of the memorial feature framed relief paintings that tell the story of Adi Sankaracharya. Several large statues of Ganapati, Adi Sankara, and others are also housed in this memorial. Adi Sankara's shrines in Kalady are open to all pilgrims, irrespective of religion and caste. Visitors can review the life of Sankara Acharya as they climb to the top.The famous Sankara Stupa has 8 sides.