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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 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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Who wrote the Shiva Stuti Sukta Malika, and does it still exist?

The Narayana Shabda Sadhararanyam is a work by the 16th century Advaita philosopher Govinda Nayaka which argues that the word Narayana refers to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. This work was refuted by an ...
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What is the story of Dattatreya defending the Vedas?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is an allegorical play composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. In this excerpt from the Sankalpa Suryodaya, a character representing Vedanta Desikan tells a ...
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Srivaishnava scriptures/acharyas mentioning Pandharpur

Pandharpur is one of the sacred place for Vaishnavas. Is there any Srivaishnava work or some Srivaishnava acharya's injunctions revering Pandharpur as sacred place.
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Why are there no more Alwars?

There have been 12 Alvars who are inseparable from Sri Vaishnavism. I was just wondering whether there can be more Alwars or not? If Not why can't there be? If yes, what is the procedure to become an ...
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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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Did the Samkhya school believe that animal sacrifice is an easily remedied sin?

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 did Ramanuja try to impose PAncharAtra mode of worship in all Vaishnava temples?

Ramanuja, a famous Vaishnava acharya of South India is considered as an avatara (incarnation) by most of the followers. During his life, it is said that he traveled to many places for establishing ...
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Which Pancharatra text has controversial statements on Vedas?

It is known that Adi Shankara had presented the view that Pancharatra is not in accordance with the Vedas in his commentaries. I want to know how many such verses are there in the agama which is ...
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Which purana(s) mention story of GarudaAlwar carrying Tiruman mountain from Vaikuntha

Tiruman literally means 'Sacred/holy' (Tiru)+ (man)'Sand/Rock/Clay', is used by Sri Vaishnavas for applying Urdhwapundra on body. I've heard a story about Garudalwar aka Garuda Swamy bringing Tiruman ...
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Sthala Purana of Varadaraja Perumal Kanchipuram

Varadaraja Perumal Temple is an important site for Sri Vaishnavas, because it is one of the 108 Divya Deshas and Bhagwad Ramanujacharya under guidance of Bhagwan Varadaraja Swamy. What is the story ...
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Lost Sri Vaishanva Literature/Works

How many or I can say which Sri Vaishnava works(literature) are lost or exist as citations in other literature?
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Which Vishisthadvaita acharyas belonged to shakha of Shukla Yajurveda?

In some answers, I read that Pancharatra agama originated from some of the shakha of Shukla Yajurveda which is extinct today. So my question is which are the acharyas of their sri vaishnava ...
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What references are there to Vamana's ancient Tika on the Brahma Sutras?

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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Eligibility and Procedure for Saranagati

As I've discussed in this question, Sri Vaishnavas believe that Saranagati the most appropriate way towards Moksha. I want to know the eligibility & procedure for Sharanagati. Who is considered ...
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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 ...
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Why do Iyengar brides sit in father's lap during the wedding ceremony?

In South Indian Sri-Vaishnava community of Iyengars, there is a peculiar custom that the bride sits on her father's lap while tying the mangalya sutra. Such custom is not found in any other South ...
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Who started the practice of Sadagopam?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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Thirumangai alwar

What are the special characteristics of this alwar and how many names was given to him by almighty? What is his significant contribution towards Vaishnavism ?
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SriVaishnava - propitiation rituals for the Pitrs - redemption for breaks

What happens if there is a break in the propitiation of Pitrs(ancestors) in patrilineal lineage? Are subsequent generations affected adversely? How so? Supposing there is a minimum of one generation ...
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Liberation according to dual (Dvait) or semi dual (Vishishta Advait) schools is temporary?

Short Question (or say subset of below longer question - Just to make long question easier to understand) - Will Vaikuntha be ever over populated by liberated souls? If not, Lord Vishnu is not ...
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How many types of Vaishnava Charama Shloka(s) exist?

Charama means peak or climax, the Shloka which is given by Bhagwan as a climax to a great Dialogue and contains essence of Sharanagati(to he Lotus feet of Shriman Narayana) like BG 18.66. Now there ...
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What is the Kanya region of Bharatavarsha, identified as the only residence of the four castes?

Lalla's Shishyavriddhida Tantra is a Hindu astronomical work dating to the 8th century. In this excerpt from the Shishyavriddhida Tantra, Lalla describes the geography of Bharatavarsha, i.e. the ...
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Why there is a difference in rules and regulations of sanyasins?

Among sanyasins we see difference in rules and regulation in sampradayas. But in brahmacharya or grihastha we dont see much of difference. What is the reason that different traditions have ...
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Connection of Nammalwar's work with Sanskrit Vedas

Nammalwar was one of the Alwars (Tamil:ஆழ்வார், Hindi: आलवार), a group of 12 ancient Tamil saints known for their poetry of 4000 verses in praise of Vishnu and preaching Sharanagati. These 4000 verses ...
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How does the Ramanandi sect originate from the Sri Vaishnava Parampara?

As I discuss in this question, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four gods: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And they in turn started the four main Sampradayas or ...
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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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Why is Ramayana known as Sharanagati Grantham?

In SriVaishnavism Ramayana finds a special place in hearts of Bhagwatas(Sri Vaishanvas) and it is known as Sharanagati Grantham. What is the specific reason to call it Sharanagati Grantham. Note: I ...
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Sri Vaishnava Acharyas and BharaSamarpanam

Bharasamarpanam is a process of explicit surrender which is done by Vadakalai sub-sect of Sri Vaishnavism. Bharasamarpanam or Bharanasyam is done after Samashrayanam Is there any evidence of ...
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Who are Naman and Murkalan as referred to in Thirumaalai Pasuram?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. One of the alwars is Sri ...
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What is the reason behind Sri Ahobila Mutt having two acharya parampara branches?

Ahobila mutt is a prominent muth in the Vadakalai sect of Sri Vaishnava tradition. The exponder of this sect is Sriman Vedanta desika. Acharya Lineage(parampara) is one of the important ...
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What are the Yantras associated with Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya?

I am aware of Sri Yantra which is the yantra representation of Sri or Thirumagal, are there any other?
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According to Viśiṣṭādvaita, how does Ātman relate to Brahman?

Apart from understanding the relationship between Ātman and Brahman, I'm also interested in the prescribed techniques & modes of realising and sustaining this understanding. please assume no ...
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How to offer Naivedyam to Shriman Narayana

Offering Food or Naivedyam/Prasadam is integral part of Vaishnava lifestyle. Majority of Vaishnavas follow Pancharatra Agama shastras, therefore I assume Naivedyam procedure is described in those ...
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Is Dramidacharya the same as Thirumazhisai Alwar?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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Worship of Shree Ramanuja while he was in his body?

Shree Ramanuja authorised worships of his forms in three murthies. When he leaves Melakotai in Karnataka,a vighra is made and Ramanujar embraces it and gives it back. This is called "Thamar Ukantha ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu's Mukta-damodara-bandana?

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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Does Purva Mimamsa believe that the law of Karma is intended to increase faith?

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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Who is the Bhashyakara who pretended to criticize Pancharatra?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Why does Chinna Jeeyar Swami carry a bunch of sticks and a flag attached to them?

Why does Chinna Jeeyar Swami carry a bunch of sticks and a white cloth or flag attached to them? What is the significance of these sticks? Why isn't it just a single stick; why should it be a cluster ...
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How Are Azhwaars Vishishtadvaitins?

I have heard that Azhvaars are Sriman Narayana Bhakthas.They sung in praise of him.They are not Vishishtadvaitins. Later Srivaishnava Acharyas(Ramanuja and his disciples) wrote commentaries to Azhvaar ...
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Who is Parangusa dasar and what are his salient features?

Who is Parangusa dasar and whose avatar he took? Any salient features about him in old puranas or scriptures?
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Ramanujacharya's Brother

'Who is Ramanujacharya's brother? He adopted Saivism when he was around 20 years old. How did Ramanuja brought back him to vaishnavism?Any mythological references for this.
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Who founded “Pushti mArga” and how is it different than “Vaishnavism”?

Typically in Gujarat region of India, the devotees of Shrinathji follow "Pushti mArga". I would like to know: Who founded it & when? How is it different than conventional Vaishnavism?
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What is Sri Vaishnavism? What is the Vishishtadvaita?

I'm a liberal Vaishnava ... I was formerly practising Gaudiya Vaishnavism but recently got dissatisfied with it as their doctrines about Goloka and Krishna's supremacy based on Rasa concept wasn't ...
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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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How do Sri Vaishnavas interpret the “Vedas are not Vedas” quote in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad?

In Hindu philosophy there are three main Pramanas or valid means of knowledge: Pratyaksha or sensory evidence, Anumana or reasoning, and Shabda or revelation/scripture. But as I discuss in this ...
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Aalavandar's Contribution

Aalavandar (also known as Yamunacharya) is a great scholar and has written on Lord Ranganatha. What are the significant contributions made by him during his period? Any specific shlokas he wrote on ...
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Upadesa Rathnamalai

108 slokas composed by Thiruvarangat amudhanar is a description about Ramanujacharya. A small temple for him inside sudarsana temple in srirangam prevails. Apart from this any temple for him? I need ...
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Is Kundalini Concept alien to Vaishnavism?

The references mentioned in this answer to the Kundalini Concept are based on Smartha concept and inclined to Shaivism. Is there any comment or reference to such concept in the Pancharatra Agamas/ ...

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