Hindu-reformist Dayananda Saraswati claimed that the medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Yamunacharya was a Greek or Muslim who was originally called "Yavanacharya".

From Life of Dayanand Saraswati:

Its founder was Shatakopa, bom in a Kanjar(low caste) family. Later, Munibanan, a bom sweeper, and then Yavanacharya, a Greek or a Muslim, taught it.


It was known as the Bhagwat faith. It also became known as Pancaratra.* It was monotheism and it taught that salvation is the result of Bhakti or devotion. Later, this Bhagwat religion became transformed into Vaishnavism. Its first teacher of note was Yavanacharya later called Yamunacharya. Another teacher Kathu Muni preceded Yavanacharya. The later was a disciple of the Alvars of the Deccan. He arranged their hymns. Yavanacharya defended the Vaishnava faith against attacks upon it and wrote several books.

Is there any evidence to support his claim?

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    So mud slinging had reached that level at that point of time. :-( – Srimannarayana K V Dec 3 '19 at 15:22
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    Claim is too absurd. – user16581 Dec 3 '19 at 18:25
  • @Ikshvaku: I don't think Swami Dayanand's views are heretical. As far as I understood, he tried his best to revive what he thought to be pure Vedic approach. He did not approve the Puranic way of viewing the God. Anyways, he is a part of history now and it does not augur well in digging his writings/sayings made a century back. Many people might be looking towards the Veda now a days for guidance but not his way of approach to the Veda. – Srimannarayana K V Dec 4 '19 at 1:50

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