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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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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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What were the nmes of Kidambi Aachan( Pranathirthaharam)'s parents? Was Kidambi Aachans father part of the brahmin group carrying water to temple

I am told that a group of orthodox brahmins settled down near Kanchipuram to do kainkaryam at the Yatoktakari temple. They did this by collecting water (ambi) from the Vegavathi river in earthen pots (...
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how do Srivaishnavites elaborate on the Shariri-Sharira relationship between God and humans?

Brahman = Vishnu in what follows. From what I understand, Srivaishnavites do not agree that we are all Brahman - but Brahman is our in-dweller and we are Brahman's body. (1) Are Srivaishnavites aware ...
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meaning of Srivaishnavite term "Pasuram"

Srivaishnavites refer to devotional or mystic poems in their tradition as "pasurams". Is "pasuram" only applied to verses from Divyaprabandham ? Is it a Tamil or Sanskrit word and ...
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Sects that offer proofs of which deities are NOT Brahman

Most sects cite scripture that says that their deity is Brahman. As far as I know, they do not offer elaborate refutations of scriptural claims regarding other deities. But Srivaishnavites not only ...
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Which all sects have the concept of Śaraṇāgati and/or Prapatti or any equivalent?

Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति) and Prapatti (प्रपत्ति) - nyāsa vidyā, are two/three such practises to attain Moksha with least possible effort, which I have encountered in reference to Śrī-Vaiṣṇavism or the ...
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What is the essential difference between Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति) and Prapatti (प्रपत्ति)?

Sanskrit Kosha dictionary gives:- Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति): surrender Prapatti (प्रपत्ति): Pious resignation or devotion. Shri Shailacarya (18th century) uses the words interchangeably in Chapter 18 ...
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References to the 5 kinds of moksha in the Vedas and commentaries explaining the verses as such

From this, the Subala Upanishad quoted here and the Virodhaparihara, mentioned here, ALL three, the technical meaning of Kaivalya I understand is one of the 4 purusharthas which involves meditating on ...
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Which Varna and sects are allowed to wear tripundra?

the agnivesya grihsutra suggests that only Kshatriyas,vaishayas, and shudras are allowed to wear a tripundra(1.18). Some Vaishnavas use it to say that a brahmin shouldn't be allowed to wear a ...
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Is catur vyuha mentioned in puranas?

Is catur vyuha of Vishnu mentioned in puranas and Mahabharata?
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Are there any Vaishnava commentaries on Vedas available?

I am looking for english translation of Vaishnava commentaries on Vedas (Samhita) if any are available. Any sampradaya be it Sri Vaishnava or Madhavaite or Gaudiya or any other is ok. In general,I ...
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What is the position of the supreme deity's spouse in different Vaishnavite sects?

Lakshmi,Sita and spouses of Krishna. What is their position according to Srivaishnavites,Gaudiyas et al? Are they also supreme or are they subservient to the supreme deity?
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Is there any Vaishnava commentary on Manu-Smriti?

I have seen few commentaries (and even fewer translations in English) of the Manu Samhita. But I can't find any done by a Vaishnava (no regards to the sampradaya). Thus I'm wondering is it because ...
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How has the killing of Shambuka been described by the Sri Vaishnava tradition and what reason/justification, if any, has been given for the same

As per this site, Kulasekara Azhwar indicates the incident of Shri Rama killing Shambuka in verse 749 in the 10th dashakam of Perumal Tirumozhi of the Muthalayiram of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham. ...
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Is there a reference for the pasurams sung during the jeeyar sevai at Tirupati?

Every morning, there is a special darshan at Tirupati for the jeeyar (head) of a traditional mutt at Tirumala. Other Srivaishnavite brahmins too may be permitted to accompany the jeeyar to serve as ...
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What is the beginning of anadi karma?

It is said that we are in samsara due to anadi karma. If anadi karma has an end, i.e. moksha, that means that is has to have a beginning too. What was the first incident that put jiva in samsara? What ...
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From where can I get Mrtyunjaya Tantra / Mrtyu-Sanjaya Tantra book?

Pranam! I am looking for above mentioned book named as Mrtyunjaya Tantra which is mentioned by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Krishna Sandarba and also mentioned by many scholars somewhere. It is one of ...
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How does God decide who becomes a nityasuri?

If God is fair and square, why are we baddhatmas(Those jivas that are temporarily bound by karma), while some atmas get to become nityasuris(These are the members of the Divine Ministering Assembly )....
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What's the Sri Vaishnava stand on non vegetarianism?

What is the stand of Sri Vaishnava parampara/sampradaya on non vegetarianism? Would like to know from a traditional and scriptural perspective, from a traditional Sri Vaishnava.
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How the followers of different Vaishnava sampradayas consider the stories of Vishnu tricking Tulasi and Vrinda?

How do Vaishnavas explain these stories of Vishnu tricking Vrinda and Tulasi. I am not asking how the act is justified, rather the beliefs of Vaishnavas regarding these stories(ie whether they ...
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Interpretation of a verse from Bhagavatha purana

In the first skanda, third chapter of Bhagavatha has the sloka एते चांशकला: पुंस: कृष्णस्तु भगवान् स्वयम् । इन्द्रारिव्याकुलं लोकं मृडयन्ति युगे युगे ॥ ISKCON followers interpret this as below. All ...
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The philosophical school to which Yadava Prakasha belonged

Is there any authentic history of Yadava Prakasha? Was he really an Advaitin? There is the popular belief that he was a Svabhavika Bhedabheda Vaadin. His views are said to be examined by the Sri ...
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Who is the woman who saw 98 Indras?

Madal is an ancient Indian practice where a lovesick person rejected by their beloved would go around riding on a fake horse made of palmyra stems badmouthing their beloved, in an effort to embarass ...
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The tenth skanda of Bhagavatha Purana mentions the places Balarama visited during His pilgrimage. Specifically, in the South, it is mentioned that He visited, Shri Shaila, Tirumala, Shrirangam, ...
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what does Jivatma mean

Is Shiva jivatma? Shiva does neither born or die. In the Vaishnav parampara, it is said that Siva is jivatma. Could you please illustrate this providing some relevant scripture from reliable ...
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Which Divya Prabandham commentators discussed this Kishkindha Kanda verse?

In the beginning of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana reach the banks of the lake Pampa, and Rama laments as all the beautiful things he sees around him reminds of Sita, ...
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Early references to Sri Andal as Bhudevi

I know Sri Andal is one of the 12 Azwars, and also Sri Vaishnavism takes HER as an incarnation of Bhudevi. I have some questions about this - 1) Even though Sri Andal is one of the 12 Azwars, as per ...
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Can I chant mantras without initiation? [duplicate]

I want to meditate on Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. But I have read at many places on the internet that before chanting a mantra one must receive it from a guru. What another option do I have? I ...
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Is Anushasan Parva from Mahabharat an interpolation? It is claimed by many scholars and also it is not mentioned in the spitzer manuscript [closed]

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/index.htm I have read at many places that Shanti parva and Anushasan parva were later added in the original mahabharata. Does that also make vishnu sahasranamam ...
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When was Vasavadatta praised in Sita’s assembly?

Madal is an ancient Indian practice where a man rejected by the woman he loved would go around riding on a fake horse made of palmyra stems badmouthing the woman, in an effort to embarass her into ...
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Sri Vaishnava English commentary to Upanishads other than Dr N.S. Anantha Rangacharya

Is anyone aware of alternative English translations to the principal Upanishads other than the one by Dr. N.S. Anantha Rangacharya for the bhashya by Ranga Ramanuja Muni? I know there is one for ...
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Yadugiri in Puranas

Yadugiri, the present day Melukote, in Karnataka is a famous piligrimage centre for Vaishnavas. Ramanujacharya installed the deity Cheluva Narayana in 12th century. It is said that Lord Dattatreya ...
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Taking initiation from a guru [closed]

Namaskaram I am not from a Brahmin varna and a married female from a Hindu family. I’m currently involved in Krishna consciousness and bhakti and service to Bhagavan. I hear a lot of upanasam from ...
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Are Sri Vaishnavas supposed to worship devatas during nitya karmas?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, one who has performed the Samashrayanam/Bharanyasam ritual (initiation into Pancharatra Agamas/Surrendering to Vishnu) is prohibited from worshiping Devatas like Shiva, ...
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Do Sri Vaishnavas really believe that all names of Devatas in the Vedas are to be interpreted as directly referring to Narayana?

Do Sri Vaishnavas really believe that all names of Devatas in the Vedas are to be interpreted as directly referring to Narayana? This belief is popularized by the well known Sri Vaishnava blog ...
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Should urdhva pundra be removed before going to bed?

Are there any rules that say that urdhva pundra should be removed before going to bed?
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How do we know what is an auspicious quality of the Lord?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, Brahman is full of "auspicious" qualities. For example, in Ramanujacharya's commentary on the Brahma Sutras, he says: The conclusion therefore is that texts such as '...
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What gods or forms are worshipped/revered in Sri Vaishnavam?

I would like a comprehensive list of who is worshipped in Sri Vaishnavam. It would be really nice if it included many of Sri Vishnu's form.
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Where is the Sharavali river that Sugriva gave directions from?

In the Kishkindha Kanda of the Ramayana, Sugriva sends Vanaras in all four directions to look for Sita. He describes the locations they’ll come across when they go in these directions in this chapter ...
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no desire but desiring to create?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no desire but desiring to create? For example, the Vishnu Purana says: He is all, he knows all, he sees all, he possess all strength, all ...
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having infinite bliss but also experiencing sorrow and suffering?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having infinite bliss but also experiencing sorrow and suffering? Many Upanishads like Taittiriya say Brahman has infinite bliss: One hundred times ...
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How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no anger but experiencing anger?

How does Vaishnava theology reconcile Brahman having no anger but experiencing anger? For example, the Vishnu Purana says: He is all, he knows all, he sees all, he possess all strength, all ...
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What does the author of the Yatindra Mata Dipika mean by Dharmabhutajnana?

In Yatindra Mata Dipika I came across the section where pramana and prameya where being explained. Dharmabhutajnana is said to be common to both cit and Isvara. I don't understand what that is ...
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Where is Ramanujacharya's Jeeva Samadhi located?

Where is Ramanujacharya's Jeeva Samadhi located? Is it located in Tamilnadu or anywhere else in India?
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Who composed the stotra on Ramanujacharya starting "Punyambhoja Vikasaya"?

I heard a stotra in the opening credits of Tamil movie Ramanujacharya which hails Sri Ramanujacharya starting with "Punyambhoja vikasaya" The stanzas which I could understand are as follows. ...
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What scriptures describe replacing the Pranayama Mantra with Shlokas?

When Dvija males do Pranayama, they chant an expanded version of the Gayatri Mantra, known as the Mahasavitri Mantra. Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. Mukkur Lakshminarasimhachariar Swami had said this: ...
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How come Shankaracharya and some Sri Vaishnava Acharyas prohibit women and shudras from reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama?

The Vadakalai sect of Sri Vaishnavism says that women and shudras are not allowed to recite the Vishnusahasranama, but can only hear it. In fact, Iyers before the past 50 years also prohibited women ...
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What scriptures describe Lakshmi’s serpent Kalyana?

The Sharanagati Gadyam is a prose hymn by the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to the lotus feet of Sriman Narayana as a means to attain ...
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Do Rama's sacrifical posts still exist in Ayodhya?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is an play by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. At one point in the play, a king goes around the world in a Vimana looking for a good place to meditate. He ...
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What do Sri Vaishnava commentaries say about Dasharatha's use of "śrīmān"?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Dasharatha decides to make Rama the Yuvaraja or crown prince, he makes the following announcement to the people of Ayodhya: caitraḥ śrīmān ayaṃ māsaḥ ...
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