The Kanchi Sankaracharya Mutt and kammakshiamman temple are closely associated with the life of Sankaracharya. The Kanchi Sankaracharya Mutt is enshrined in the Sri Chakra just in front of Sri Devi and all pujas and sacrifices are offered to the Sri Chakra.
Adi Sankara, founded Mutts at Badrinath in the north, Dwarka in the west, Puri in the east and Sringeri in the south syhmbolizing the cultural unity of India even 2000 years back. He came to Kanchipuram towards the end of his life and installed the Sri Chakra in the Kamakshi temple. He founded the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam as the central and last Mutt before he departed at Kamakshi temple itself in 476 BC. There is a shrine devoted to the Adi Sankara at the very entrance to the temple at Kanchipuram.