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A sect of Vaishnavas (Vishnu-worshippers) founded by Nathamuni and popularized by Ramanujacharya, based on the teachings of the Alwars and tracing its origins to the goddess Lakshmi (Sri).

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Do srivaishnavas(thenkalai/vadakalai) consider hanuman an avatar of shiva or any other deva?

I'm aware that ramanandis regard hanuman as an avatar of shiva and madhwas consider him an avatar of vayu What about srivaishnavas?
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Did Ramunaja allow lower-Caste Sri Vaishnavas inside temples

I now many temples had rules as to who can and cannot enter and a hygiene code as well which may not have been followed by some lower varnas. Apart from the inner chamber where the murti resides (for ...
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A form of Vishnu with all Navagrahas

I know there is a Nakshatrapurusa or form of Vishnu with all Nakshatras, but is there one with all Navagrahas or a Navagrahapursa of sorts?
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How do Vaishnava traditions (other than Madhva) explain this pancharatra verse which affirms the existence of an Eternal hell?

The Pancharatra Agama Prakasha Samhita has this verse - शिरमर्मग्रन्थिकूटजलनीरोधनादयः । सन्त्येवाष्टोत्तरशतनरकाः पातकालयाः ॥३९॥ अनित्यनरका एते तामिश्रन्धतामिश्रकौ । **नित्यौ द्वौ नरकौ** तत्र गतायान्ति...
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The role of Radha in various Vaishnava traditions

How do sampradayas other than Nimbarka or Gaudiya view the authenticity of the character of Radha?
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In the history of Hinduism and Vaishnavism, has the authenticity of the Puranas ever been questioned?

Most Hindus I have spoken to consider the stories and characters of the Puranas to be real. There are modern views that suggest that the stories and characters of the Puranas could be fictional and ...
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Where can I find copies of Bodhayana Vritti and Bodhayana Vritti by Kuresha?

Sri Ramanuja went to Kashmir with Kuresha, his disciple, to read and write commentary on Bramasurtras, based on Bodhayana Vritti which was a short commentary already written on it. He wanted the ...
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What Tattva is Ganesha

So, I come from an Iyer background, but during my scriptural study and even before I felt inclined towards Vishnu worship. While I do worship Bhagavan Maha Vishnu as the supreme being. I still wish to ...
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Tonsuring head of new born

Apart from the family customs, is it alright to do the shaving head ceremony of the newborn after the first year is completed? I have read in many places that the tonsuring is done before the first ...
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Inquiring about the authenticity of Hayagrīva Upanishad

I came across one Hayagrīva Upanishad and researched about it. Many websites seem to offer its translation. (Like this popular Sri Vaishnava site.) I have never come across any quotation, reference, ...
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Do there (or did there historically) exist Tamil Brahmin communities that are strictly Shaivite (i.e., neither Smarta nor (Sri) Vaishnavite)?

Do/did strictly Shaivite Tamil Brahmin subcastes exist, and if so what is their origin. In the case of such a a Shaivite community that no longer exists, to which groups were they later assimilated to ...
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Birth of Sri Vaishnavism

I want to know when Sri Vaishnavism came into existence, and whether it was before the bhakti movement or after.
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How did Mishra come to South India?

How did Mishra come to South India? In Sri-Vaishnavism, persons are mostly known by Tamil epithets. E.g., Ramanujacharya's disciple, Koorathazhvan's name was Srivatsanka Mishra & yAmunAcArya's ...
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How do Madhwists agree or disagree with Srivaishnavites regarding Sharanagati?

AFAIK Srivaishnavites believe Bhakti alone without Sharanagati will not lead to Moksha. Do Madhwists agree or disagree with this?
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Why don't Sri Vaishnava acharyas recommend veganism?

According to Sanatana Dharma, store bought milk is considered highly sinful. This is what the Dharma shastra says: The milk of the cow that has not passed its ten days... as also the milk of the cow ...
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What are the tattvas of different entities (Gods,Devas,humans et al) under Srivaishnavism?

Madhwists have a clearly laid out ranking of entities: https://madhwafestivals.com/2016/08/27/taratamya/ I think the Srivaishnavite hierarchy is Vishnu, Lakshmi,Nitya Suris and all others. Does ...
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Reference for Azhwars in english/ Hindi

The Azhwars are a group of 12 vaishnava saints from Tamizh Nadu, I want to know if there is any group of texts which covers the various aspects of their life. Has any traditional scholar before Shri ...
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Is there a PDF of Vedanta Desika's Divya Charitram?

Is there a PDF of Sri Vedanta Desika's Divya Charitram? (of Dhvitheeya Brahmathanthra Swamy)
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Jayanthi Determination of Gurus

Yesterday (25th April 2023),was Sri Ramanujar Jayanthi (Chithirai Thiruvadhirai) and Sri Sankara Jayanthi (Vaishaka Panchami). Why is the birth of one Guru based on Star and the other Guru based on ...
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What is the meaning of Vishwaroopa Sevai in Vishnu Temples?

What is the meaning of Vishwaroopa Sevai in Vishnu Temples? Can someone tell me what is the meaning of this sevai?
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Moolavar and Utsavar

It seems that in every temple (predominantly Vishnu Temples, I am not that very sure about all Shiva temples, please correct me if I am wrong) there are 2 presiding deities, namely, Moolavar and ...
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Vaali and Sugriva

I just want to know whether, when Vaali returned back to the Kingdom while Sugriva was made the King, did Sugriva apologize? Some lectures say Sugriva apologized while some say, he apologized but ...
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Difference between Gopi Chandan & Vibhudhi

Can someone tell me the Differences between Gopi Chandan & Vibhudhi? Who wears which one?
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Explain Guru Parampara of Ramanandacharya

Explain Guru Parampara of Sri Ramanandacharya ? Right from beginning.
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Difference between Sorgam (heaven) & Trishanku Sorgam (Heaven) - Anusham Star

I've heard from one experience that one Mahaperiyava - The Great Sage of Kanchi saying that his highness's birth Star (Anusham) is special because it is not found in Trishanku sorgam. I just want to ...
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Diksha Mantras in Ramanandi Sampradaya

In Sri Sampradaya three mantras are given during diksha(Ashtakshari, Dvaya and Charam). Are three mantras also given in Ramanandi Sampradaya?
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Why in Ramayana, Rama is referred as Raghuvamsha?

In Ramayana, there are many Kings before Lord Rama. But yet, while referring in certain places, why only it is said as Raghu-vamsha and Ishvaku clan? Why Raghu and Ishvaku are referred, leaving the ...
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Does the our karma influence the gender of the child that we might have? Does the gender indicate something about our karma?

Let me try to convey my question better. Keeping the gender-based Hindu stereotypes aside, usually, in normal Hindu tradition, after marriage, it is the girl who moves to the boy's side and lives with ...
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Etymology of Thaligai and Samayal

In Srivaishnava Sampradaya, the cooking of food is called "Thaligai" and in Smarta Sampradaya, it is called as "Samayal". Can someone please tell me the etymology of the two words, ...
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Correct way of performing lamp aarti

I've heard the following ways of performing Lamp aarti: offer four circles to the lotus feet, two circles to the navel, and three circles to the Lord’s face; then offer seven circles to the Lord’s ...
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While eating among devotees

While eating food among devotees, what is the permission word to ask the elder, when we finish and get up before they complete eating?
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Meaning of Varavave Munaye namah

I've seen in many places, "Srimathe Varavara Munayeh Nama:" along with "Srimate Ramanujayah Nama:" Can someone tell the meaning of "Srimathe Varavara Munaye Nama:" and ...
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Importance of Rama Nama

We all know that the Lord has 1000s of names. But only the name, "Rama" stands out. If we chant, "Rama" once, it is equal to chanting the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu. My question is, ...
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Who are the first relatives whom we have to inform for any function

I've heard that, if we are going to start any function we have to inform our 7 relatives (boys and girls side relatives included) to get their blessing first. Can someone tell me who are those first 7 ...
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25th Oct being Surya grahanam & amavashya...one needs to do both separately or together & correct timing

Namaskaram to All! Today (25th Oct'22) being a surya grahanam + Amavasya... Does one need to do both Tharpanam separately as per time indicated by seniors or together as one instance with specific ...
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Where is it written that Thirumalisai Alwar knows the Vedas?

This question says that Thirumalisai Alwar (who is a non-dvija) knows the Vedas and even assisted some Brahmins in picking up where they left off in the Vedic recitation. My question is, where is this ...
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Learn the meaning of some Terms in Srivaishnava Sampradaya 2

I've been conversing with a few people in the Sri Vaishnaava Sampradaya. Often they use the below terms. I'd like to understand the meaning of it and whether they are tamil or sanskrit words. "...
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Do you know any Vaishnava Kundalini Yoga Guru?

Namaste, I am searching for a Vaishnava Guru who teaches Kundalini Yoga. Most Gurus, (With Due respect) I know teach either Advaita or Shaivism/Shaktism or a combination of both. But I am searching ...
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What are the types of Bhakti-Yoga?

I wanted to know what types of Bhakti-Yoga are, and the appropriate one for me to follow and worship Sriman Narayana, as I love him very much. Jaya Bhagavan
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Regarding Pitru rituals

Recently one of my close relatives passed away. So, there are some rituals being done in the name of "Maasiyam and Oonam" I am not sure what are those rituals and why it is being done? Also, ...
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Meaning of Uchimuhurdhal

I've heard this word many time -"Uchimuhurdhal" I'm not sure whether I am spelling it right? But I have heard this word , which might probably mean, "Elders doing uchimuhurdhal on young ...
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Few questions regarding the meaning of functions

Can someone tell me what are the meaning of the two below functions? Rudra Ekadesi. Udaga Shanthi Naandhi Can someone tell me what are the purpose of these functions? Why and when should it be done. ...
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Learn the meaning of some Terms in Srivaishnava Sampradaya

I've been conversing with a few people in the Sri Vaishnaava Sampradaya. Often they use the below terms. I'd like to understand the meaning of it and whether they are tamil or sanskrit words. Perumal ...
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What is the meaning of U.Ve. in letters or invitations?

I've read (or actually seen) a lot of places where a person's name (or an acharyas name) starts with the initials U.Ve.? I have researched but unable to figure out the meaning of U.Ve.? Can someone ...
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Slokas to be recited at the end of SriVaishnava Thiruvarradanam

I have heard set of verses from each vedha, Ramayana slokas, Gita slokas being recited at the end of SriVaishnava thiruvaaraadhanam. These are only selected slokas or verses and not full text of the ...
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What is Saatarumarai and why is it done?

I've heard this term called Saatarumarai. But don't know anything on when, where and why it's done. Can someone please tell me
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After marriage, why does the ladies have to follow the man's customs?

This is a general query for which I just want to understand the fundamental reason why after the marriage of a man and a woman (as per Hindu traditions - More specifically Brahmin traditions), the ...
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What are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done?

This question asks what are the puranic verses that advise against Tapta Mudra Dharana. I want to ask, what are the Puranic verses which say Tapta Mudra Dharana should be done? Please answer with the ...
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Should Vaishnavas live off fruits only?

From the Ahara Niyamam of Sri Vaishnava acharya Vedanta Deshikan: Prohibited foods: Products (grains, pulses etc.) not offered to God after the harvest Prohibited dairy products: Milk of cow that ...
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Are "Smarta" (स्मार्त) and "Srivaishnavite" mutually exclusive now?

At least in Tamil Nadu, "smarta" is a synonym for "Iyer" - who subscribe to Advaita as a philosophy and do not explicitly reject ANY Hindu deity. Did Tamil Vaishnavites (Iyengars) ...
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