When Adi Shankara defeated Mandana Mishra, his wife Ubhaya Bharati said he also have to defeat her in debate. In order to turn the debate towards her, she started asking about Kama Shastra. But as a celibate Shankara knew nothing about Kama Shastra. So, he asked one month time to learn Kama Shastra which was accepted by Ubhaya Bharati. Then Shankara entered the body of a king who is about to die and learnt Kaama Shastra.

Now, many people say as a Sanyasi, Shankara never did this act. So this might be a story created by disciples of Shankara. My question is, in which book this story is mentioned first?

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    As far as I know, Madhaviya Sankara Vijaya, a reputed source on Sri Adishankaracharya's chatriam by Sri Madhava Vidyaranya mentions this. May 20, 2018 at 14:39
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    Scripture is definitely not the right tag for this Q.. so you can drop it..
    – Rickross
    May 20, 2018 at 14:58
  • @VishwanathN I know that, but it was written down after many years of Shankara's life. I want to know about any source which mention this incident before that book. May 20, 2018 at 15:47
  • No, there are no sources older than Vidyaranya's work that mention this incident. None of Adi Shankaracharya's disciples mention it, for instance. May 20, 2018 at 15:54
  • @KeshavSrinivasan so, are there any possibility that this story was made by his disciples? May 20, 2018 at 16:09


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