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Sri Ramanuja-acharya, over 1000 years ago, established 74 peetas / simhasana-adhipathis i.e. acharyas qualified to do pancha-samskara and propound path of bhakthi, sarangathi & mukti (devotion, surrender & salvation) to Sri Vishnu (Bhagavan/Para-Brahman/Param-Atma/God).

Who were the 74 originally? Who are present today?

  • To add to this, my Acharyan, a Jeeyar recently organized a summit of all of the Acharya Purushas in Srirangam. It was found that 37 of the 74 families are still continuing with the Acharya Purusha paramparai. The rest have either joined as sishyas of another thirumaligai or have taken initiation under a Jeeyar. – M_Raghavan Mar 3 at 17:35
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This site has compiled the complete list of the 74 simhasana-adhipathis appointed by Sripad Ramanujacharya:

  1. Chottai Nambi, son of Aalavandaar
  2. Pundarika, son of Maha purna
  3. Yaamuna, son of Goshti purna
  4. Sundara bahu, son of Maalaa dhaara
  5. Raamaanuja, son of Saila purna
  6. Paraasara Bhattar (and his brother, sons of Aalvaan)
  7. Raamaanuja, son of Aandaan
  8. Madhyamaarya (Naduvil Aazhwaan)
  9. Gomathaarya
  10. Tiruk Kovalur Aazhwaan
  11. Tiru Mohur Aazhwaan
  12. Pillai Aazhwaan
  13. Varada Vishnu Acharya
  14. Vishnu Chittha
  15. Marichyaarya (Milagaazhwaan)
  16. Neyyundaazhwaan
  17. Baalaarya – I (Setlur Siriyaazhwaan)
  18. Ananthaarya (Ananthaazhwan)
  19. Vedaanthi Aazhwaan
  20. Kovil Aazhwaan
  21. Utkalaarya (Ukkalaazhwaan)
  22. Haranaapuraarya (Arana Purathu Aazhwaan)
  23. Govinda bhattar (Embaar)
  24. Pranatha Arthi hara (Kidaambi Aachaan)
  25. Baalaarya II (Kaniyanur Siriya Aazhwaan)
  26. Ichchambaadi Aachaan
  27. Kongil Aachaan
  28. Ichchambaadi Jeeyar
  29. Nallaan of Tirupathi (Tirumalai Nallaan)
  30. Sattaam Pillai Jeeyar
  31. Tiru Vellarai Jeeyar
  32. Aatkondavalli Jeeyar
  33. Tirunagarip Pillai
  34. Kaaraanji Somayaaji
  35. Alamkaara Venkatavar
  36. Nambi Karum Devar
  37. Devaraaja Bhattar
  38. Pillai Urandai Udaiyaar
  39. Pillan (Tiruk Kurugai Piraan Pillanan)
  40. Vallalaar (Periya Koil Vallalaar)
  41. Aasoorip Perumaal
  42. Aachchaan of Kannapura (Kannapurathu Aachchaan)
  43. Munip Perumaal
  44. Ammanghip Perumaal
  45. Maruthi, The Elder (Maruthi Andaan)
  46. Martuhi, The Younger (Maruthi Siriya Andaan)
  47. Sri Rama Krathu nathaarya (Somayaji Aandaan)
  48. Jeeyar Aandaan
  49. Isvaraandaan
  50. Iyunnip Pillai Aandaan
  51. Periyaandaan
  52. Andaan, The younger (Siriyaandaan)
  53. Aandaan, the younger of Kurinji Puram
  54. Ammangi Aandaan
  55. Aalavandaar Aandaan
  56. Devaraaja Muni (Arulaalap Perumal Emperumaanaar)
  57. Thondanoor Nambi
  58. Marudoor Nambi
  59. Mazhuvoor Nambi
  60. Tiruk Kurum Kudi Nambi
  61. Kuruva Nambi
  62. Mudumbai Nambi
  63. Andhra Purna (Vaduga Nambi)
  64. Vanki purathu Nambi
  65. Paraankusa Nambi
  66. Ammangi Ammaal
  67. Varadaarya (Paruthik Kollai Ammaal)
  68. Utkala Ammaal
  69. Chottai Ammaal
  70. Mudumbai Ammaal
  71. Komaandoor Pillai
  72. Komaandoor Ilayavalli
  73. Kidaambi Perumal
  74. Pillaan of Arcot (Aarkaattup Pillaan)

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