Sri Adi Shankaracharya was the greatest exponent of the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta and a savior of Vedic Dharma. Salutations to Adi Shankaracharya, who is an ever shining star on the sky of Indian philosophy.
The existence of Vedic Dharma in India today is due to Adi Shankara. The forces opposed to Vedic religion were more numerous and powerful at the time of Sankara than they are today. Still, single-handed, within a very short time, Adi Shankara overpowered them
all and restored the Vedic Dharma and Advaita Vedanta to its pristine purity in the land pure knowledge and spirituality.
Adi Shankaracharya occupies a very important position in the history of Indian philosophy. It can be affirmed, without any fear of contradiction, that Bharata Varsha would have ceased to be Bharata Varsha several centuries ago and would never have survived
the murderous sword, the devastating fire and the religious intolerance of the successive invaders, if Adi Shankara had not lived the life he lived and taught the lessons he taught. And those lessons are still pulsating in every cell and in every protoplasm
of the true aspirant and the true Hindu.~~Author unknown