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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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Why do Vadakalai Sri Vaishnavas believe that Advaita liberation is not eternal?

Members of the Sri Vaishnava sect of Hinduism, especially the Iyengars (Sri Vaishnavas who are Brahmanas), are divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalais and Vadakalais. These two sub-sects both agree on ...
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Where in the Mahanarayana Upanishad is the Nyasa Vidya, the path of surrender to Vishnu?

As I discuss in the this answer, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage ...
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What is the difference between Thirunadu and Paramapadam in Sri Vaishnavism?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya was once asked by his shishya Vangipuram Nambi what the obstacles to Moksha are. In response, he gave a list of 83 obstacles to Moksha, known as the ...
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What is the story of the woman who lifted a mountain?

Parashara Bhattar was a famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya who became the head of the Sri Vaishnava sect after Ramanujacharya departed the Earth. He was the son of Ramanujacharya’s shishya Kurathalwan, and ...
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Where does Periyavachan Pillai discuss Mleccha devotees of Vishnu?

Mlecchas refer to people who are foreign to India and the Vedic tradition, in contrast to Nastikas who are from India but reject the Vedic tradition. In this excerpt from his Rahasyatraya Sara, the ...
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vaiShNava-s and food

Is there a specific injunction in vaiShNava Agama-s or purANa-s to the effect that food should be consumed only after it is offered to viShNu? As far as brAhmaNa-s are concerned, it is clear from the ...
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Sri Ramanujacharya’s advice on why example of Kaliyan(the snake) should be emulated in preference to Kshatrabandhu’s

There is a story in which some devotees of the Lord approached Sri Ramanujacharya at Srirangam, to verify if Kshatrabandhu’s words addressed to the Lord were right. Kshatrabandhu’s words were that:- ...
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What happened to the sinner Kshatrabandhu after he chanted Govinda?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The Alwars are crucially important figures in ...
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Were Periyalwar and Andal reborn as cowherds?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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What scriptures describe Shiva discussing selling salt in the Banasura story?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Why prabhupada refers Bramhan as non-dual(advaita) in his commentry on SB?

A.C. BhaktiVedanta Prabhupada the Founder of ISKCON movement in his commentry on Shrimad Bhagwad Mahapurana says: Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance ...
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What is the story of the first Acharya of Ramanujacharya's Matham in Melkote?

When the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya fled Sri Rangam due to the persecution of the Shaivite Chola king (which I discuss here), he went to Melkote in Karnataka. It's only after the ...
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Where does Krishna criticize Arjuna's indifference to Draupadi's disrobing?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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How do Sri Vaishnavas interpret Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.14?

Sri Vaishnavas believe Krishna to be an incarnation of Vishnu. On the other hand, Gaudiya Vaishnavas say Vishnu is an expansion of Krishna and quote certain verses from the Srimad Bhagavatam to ...
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Cause of Evil, as per Theistic Vedanta?

If Parameshvara is svatantra karta as per Vedanta, and if everything pre decided as per lords will, whatever we're doing is God doing actually, so is he the Cause of Evil
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What is the Swayamacharya lineage of Srimushnam Andavan?

Last week the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Srimushnam Andavan departed the Earth. He was the head of a large Vadakalai Matham called Srirangam Andavan Ashramam. As I discuss in this question, both ...
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Are the ancient commentator Dramidacharya's descendants Sri Vaishnavas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Why was Vedanta Desikan's other uncle initiated by Pillai Lokacharya's father?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. I just found an ...
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Will non-vegetarians won't get liberation?

It is said that non-selfishness(nishkaama karma) lead to liberation by Sri Krishna in bhagavad gita. Then there are so many people (some crores of people) arround us, killing animals and then eating ...
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Can the list of Divyadesams be added to or subtracted from?

Can new Divaydesams be created and/or existing ones derecognised as such?
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Did Sri Ramanuja convert atheists?

Sri Ramanuja, the great Vaishnava acharya and the propounder of Vishishtadvaita philosophy, is known to have converted many Buddhists and Jains back to Hinduism. What about atheists? Did he convert ...
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Whose avatara is Sri Ramanujacharya?

Popularly belief is that SriRamnanujacharya is the avatara (incarnation) of Sankarshana/Balarama/Lakshmana/Adisesha. The question is whose avatara is Sri Ramanujacharya and is there any specific ...
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Do any sects other than Sri-Vaishnavas worship Viswaksena?

Being generally familiar with major Hindu sects, I never heard of Vishwaksena till recently. SriVaishnavas like to say that when they worship an elephant-headed God, they are worshiping Vishwaksena ...
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Bharanyasam versus samashrayanam - dos and donts

My namaskaram to all the knowledgeable folks here. Pardon adiyen's (my) ignorance here and please shed light on what are the differences between the two - all i know is that samashrayanam is what ...
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Third eye of Lord Narasimha

The Narasimhar sannidhi in Srirangam temple has Narasimha moorthy with a third eye like Shiva. Is the third eye of Lord Narasimha mentioned in any scriptures like Puranas or Upanishads?
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What scriptures describe Vishnu's general Vishvaksena defeating three Asura brothers?

It is well-known that Shiva's son Ganesha is the general of Shiva's army of Ganas. What is not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu also has an army, led by the god Vishvaksena. The Skanda Purana ...
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Where does Vaduga Nambi call two other shishyas of Ramanujacharya double-minded?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya had 74 disciples, known as the Simhasanadhipatis, but three of his closest disciples were Kurathalwan, Mudhaliandan, and Vaduga Nambi. Kurathalwan is ...
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Where did Ramanujacharya's statue of Varadaraja come from?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the temples I visited was the famous Ranganatha temple in Sri Rangam. The temple has a shrine called the Udaiyavar Sannidhi, which contains the ...
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What scriptures talk against tapta mudrAnkana practice?

Tapta mudrankana is a process of heating metallic religious symbols and touching on the skin so that a mark is produced on the skin. It is usually followed by vaishnava tradition using shankha and ...
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What is the story of Brahma forgetting his knowledge after teaching Indra?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (One of ...
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Was Pillai Lokacharya a descendant of Ramanujacharya's sister?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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What is the story of Manavala Mamunigal's ancestor Gomadathalwan?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya and Manavala ...
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Why are Alvars associated with Vishishtadvaita? [duplicate]

Why are Alvars associated with Vishishtadvaita philosophy? Did they themselves say so? Were they initiated from Vishishtadvaita mutts?
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What are the four Quarters of Purusha as per Purusha Sukta?

Can Somebody explain me, what are the four Quarters of Purusha? As mentioned in the Sukta, I've been searching for a valid concrete answer for a long time, However I've personally come to certain ...
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Is Iyengar Yoga really based on Nathamuni's Yoga Rahasya?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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On what grounds do Srivaishnava jeeyars retain sacred thread?

In many traditions like sankara dashanami they give up sacred thread while taking up sanyasa But Sri vaishnavas sanyasins retain it Some so called sanyasa upanishads talk of giving up the thread ...
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Why does Ramanuja refer to the PAshupata sect as the sect of “Black faces”?

Ramanuja attributed this philosophy to the tradition of the Kalamukha(s), the sect of "Black Faces" to which Lakulisha belonged. What was the reason for referring to it as KAlamukha? What were ...
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Do Sri Vaishnavas believe you should not eat food in the presence of others?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya was once asked by his shishya Vangipuram Nambi what the obstacles to Moksha are. In response, he gave a list of 83 obstacles to Moksha, known as the ...
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Have Sri Vaishnava acharyas endorsed the concept of “tamasa purana”s?

apparently Koorattazhwan uses the concept of "tamasa purana" for polemics against Saivas. how about Ramanuja, vedanta desika et al.?
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What is the difference between Thenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Sri Vaishnavism?

For those who do not know, there are two main sects of Sri Vaishnavism: Thenkalai and Vadakalai. The Vadakalai sect wear their namam, or thiruman, in a "U" shaped pattern with manjal or yellow like ...
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What scriptures describe Sadashiva carrying Vishnu in Vishnu's abode of Paramapadam?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I am a member) places great importance on the Divya Desams, the 108 sacred places of Vishnu which are mentioned in the poems of the ...
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What is the percentage of vaishnavite temples that have anya-devata worship?

for example the anantapadmanabhaswamy temple in kerala http://www.sreepadmanabhaswamytemple.org/pooja.aspx you can see that worship services for Sree Sastha Agrashala Ganapathy are offered. ...
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Why was rAmAnuja refused initiation for 17 times?

In my previous question, I have talked about him doing the mass initiation against the orders of his guru but this question is related to his own initiation. He approached Thiurukottiyur Nambi for ...
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Did Ramanuja do a mass initiation of people at Srirangam?

It is believed that Ramanuja (Vaishnava philosopher) openly gave out the nArayana ashtAkshari mahAmantra to the common public after climbing the temple gopuram. News of this latest attempt on Sri ...
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Is Jagadguru Ramanandacharya considered an incarnation?

Ramanandacharya was a fourteenth century saint, one of the greatest devotees of Sri Rama, Vishishtadvaitin and the founder of the Ramanandi Sampradaya (a sub-sect in Sri Vaishnavism). Kabir, the ...
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What are the key differences between Achintya Bheda Abheda and Vishishtadvaita?

I am trying to find the key philosophical differences between the Gaudiya Vaishnava Philosophy of Achintya Bheda Abheda & the Sri Vaishnava philosophy of Vishishtadvaita. Can anyone tell me the ...
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Was Ramanujacharya aware of His divinity?

Ramanujacharya, the famous Sri Vaishnava acharya, the propounder of the Vishishtadvaita Vedanta philosophy and one of the greatest devotees of Shriman Narayana; is considered to an incarnation of Adi-...
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Which Vishnu temples do Thailakappu at irregular times?

I'm currently visiting India, and I'm trying to visit as many Vishnu temples as possible. Unfortunately I'm being stymied in some places, for the following reason. Some time in the December-January ...
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Why does the Pancharatra Agamas contradict the Vedanta Sutras?

As per the Pancharatra Agamas which are followed by the Sri Vaishnava community, there is no restriction for followers and learners based on varna. Shudras even serve as priests in the Vaishnava ...
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What is the difference between Bhakti Yoga & Sharanagati?

We know typically there are three paths towards Moksha: Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga & Karma Yoga. Sri Vaishnava sampradaya, the famous Vaishnava sampradaya, the basic tenets of which are said to be ...