Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on the 5th day during waxing of moon in the month of Vaisakha (April – May). In 2017, the date of Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is April 30. Scholars differ regarding the period in which Adi Shankara lived but his birthday is celeberated annually on the same day – on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaisakha. One of India’s greatest philosopher and saint, Shankaracharya arrived on the scene when there was complete destruction of truth, culture and morality. There was utter chaos and confusion and Shankaracharya set the house in order with his peaceful message of Vedanta.