The 2012 DigVijaya Yatra (or Vijaya Yatra) is the great journey of spiritual victory in all directions, both external and internal. It symbolizes the magnificent pilgrimage across India by Adi Shankara, the great philosopher-saint who founded the unbroken lineage of the Jagadgurus of Sringeri.
Twelve hundred years ago, Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada undertook the first DigVijaya Yatra throughout India. His purpose was to dispel doubts, restore faith, and propagate the Upanishadic principles of Advaita (non-dualism). His great victory was to restore Sanatana Dharma throughout the length and breadth of this ancient land and establish it deeply in the hearts and minds of the people.
In their role as Paramahamsa Parivraajaka-acharyas, the Sringeri Jagadgurus have followed in the footsteps of Adi Shankara to propagate Sanatana Dharma among the people. While Paramahamsa refers to the highest order among sannyasis, Parivraajaka implies that the sannyasi moves frequently from place to place. Acharya refers to one who knows the import of the Shastras, is established in rightful conduct (achara), and causes others to be established in it.
Over the centuries, the Sringeri Jagadgurus have established or revived many smaller Maths — such as the Shivaganga Sringeri Math, Avani Sringeri Math, and Kudali Sringeri Math in Karnataka, and the Karaveera Peeth in Maharashtra — and appointed heads (Mathadipatis) to preserve and renew the eternal Dharma in their communities.
The current Shankaracharya, Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, has undertaken many Vijaya Yatras since His Sannyasa in 1974. Some of the notable Yatras include the ones in 1975, 1977, and 1981 with His Guru (the 35th Jagadguru of Sringeri), and in 1987-88, 1992, 1994-95, 2007, and 2010 as the 36th Jagadguru.
On February 26, 2012, the Jagadguru began a Vijaya Yatra across South India. Over the next year, He will grace various places with His presence and strengthen the eternal Dharma in the hearts and minds of the people.
During the Yatra, new temples will be consecrated while dilapidated ones will be renovated. Through His presence, the Jagadguru will guide gatherings of devotees in the study of Vedas and the Shastras. He will also deliver several discourses to reinforce the teachings of Sanatana Dharma.
The Vijaya Yatra is a special occasion for all devotees and supporters to participate in a great tradition that stretches back over the centuries. It enables everyone to reconnect with Sanatana Dharma in order to obtain lasting happiness and peace.
The 2012 DigVijaya Yatra enables everyone to see a living saint who embodies Sanatana Dharma and be graced by His presence and blessings.