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The Naalayira Divya Prabhandham are 4,000 verses in Tamil spoken by ancient Tamil Vaishnava saints (Alwars) that are revered by Sri Vaishnavas.

They are so important that they are epistemologically considered equivalent to the Vedas in terms of their validity. Sri Vaishnava acharyas routinely cite verses from the Prabhandham to support their philosophical and theological doctrines.

My question is, what is the Pramanya for this?

Shabaracharya's commentary on the Purva Mimamsa Sutras is traditionally considered to establish the Pramanya of the Vedas, and Yamunacharya's Agama Pramanya is traditionally considered by Sri Vaishnavas to establish the Pramanya of the Pancharatra Agamas.

So is there something similar that establishes the Pramanya of the Naalayira Divya Prabhandham?

  • As far as I know, only Sri Vaishnavas accept the Divya Prabandham as pramana. – Lazy Lubber Apr 1 at 15:28
  • @LazyLubber I know. I'm just asking how Sri Vaishnavas think they're a valid pramana. – Ikshvaku Apr 2 at 2:33
  • why do we accept Vedas as a valid pramana ? – ram Apr 3 at 3:46
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    @Ikshvaku - Srivaishnavas accept the Divya Prabandhams because of the perceived non-contradiction with Veda/Vedanta. Is there a specific belief of Srivaishnavas you know of that cannot be sourced from Veda/Vedanta yet is uniquely sourced from the Divya Prabandhams? – hashable Apr 3 at 23:49
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    > They are so important that they are epistemologically considered equivalent to the Vedas in terms of their validity. @Ikshvaku You have got this backward. It is precisely because of their close following of the Vedas that the Divya Prabandhams are considered important and revered; not the other way around. – hashable Apr 3 at 23:51

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