Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on the 5th day during the waxing of the 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 celebrated annually on the same day – on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaisakha. One of India’s greatest philosophers and saints, 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.