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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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What is the relation between Krishna's cowherd wife Nappinnai and his queen Satya?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to have been Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. Yet the Sri ...
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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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Do Sri Vaishnavas believe Vishnu is the direct or indirect sustainer of the body?

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 am a member). (One of ...
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Where are the statements by sages praising Vishnu quoted by Yamunacharya?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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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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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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How Are Azhwaars Vishishtadvaitas?

I have heard that Azhvaars are Sriman Narayana Bhakthas.They sung in praise of him.They are not Vishishtadvaitas. Later Srivaishnava Acharyas(Ramanuja and his disciples) wrote commentaries to Azhvaar ...
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What are the names of Yamunacharya's disciples?

How many disciples were there of Yamunacharya sage and what are their names?
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From which scripture is the concept of Shuddha Sattva from?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, liberated souls who reach Vaikunta, the eternal inhabitants of Vaikunta, and Para Vasudeva, all have bodies made of Shuddha Sattva matter, which is achit that doesn't ...
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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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How much does the divinely created statue of Ramanujacharya resemble him?

The Alwars are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as the Naalayira Divya ...
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Difference between sage Narayan and Brahman Narayana?

There is the sage Narayana along with Nara who did the pancharatra yajna described in the Pancharatra texts, then there is the Narayana as parabrahman. What is the difference? Most Sri Vaishnava ...
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How does Sri Ramanujacharya explain this part of the Vishnu-Purana?

As per the biographies of Sri Ramanujacharya, He used to have regular conversations with Sri Vishnu. He also accepts the four-armed Form of Sri Vishnu as the Form of the Supreme Godhead. He quoted ...
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What scriptures describe a Gopi dying upon hearing Krishna's flute?

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 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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Is it possible for someone to perform prapatti or sharanAgati for those who have died?

Inspired by a recent comment, I decided to ask this question: First, prapatti or sharanAgati with srImannArAyaNA attains to Moksha – It is considered the most highly effective methodology towards ...
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According to Sri Vaishnavism, whenever there is a conflict between prapanna duties and non-prapanna duties, which takes precedence?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, whenever there is a conflict between duties enjoined for prapannas and duties enjoined for ashramas or varnas, which takes precedence? For example, suppose there is a ...
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What Chandogya Upanishad verse is the sevenfold discipline of Bhakti Yoga related to?

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 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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Urdhva pundra on utsavar of Lord Vishnu

In Vishnu temples in South India, Urdhva pundra on utsavar of Lord Vishnu is like an inverted triangle whereas that on moolavar is the standard urdhva pundra i.e. two white vertical lines and red or ...
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What are the differences between Sri Vaishnavism and Kashmiri Shaivism?

I am aware that there are many differences in these two sampradayas. Kashmiri Shaivism being more monistic and Sri Vaishnavism qualified monism etc. In some ways I feel like Kashmiri Shaivism is more ...
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Want to know about Sri Pavhari Baba

Pavhari Baba was a famous Sri Vaishnava sect of Gajipur, contemporary of Sri Ramakrishna. He was very respected in the Eastern Part of India. I am interested in knowing about the life and especially ...
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Sthala Purana of the Thiruneermalai Temple

In the Divya Desam called Thiruneermalai, Lord Vishnu resides in four different forms: a) Sri Neervanna Perumal (literally meaning, Lord with the complexion of water) b) Sri Ranganatha c) Sri ...
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Where did Ravana keep his Mulabala forces?

Sriraman Bhattachar Swami is the chief priest of the Devadiraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Therazhundur, which is the birthplace of Kamban, the Sri Vaishnava poet who composed the famous Kamba Ramayana. ...
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What work on Sharanagati did Thirukannamangai Andan compose?

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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Which Mleccha race do Thenkalais think Thirumangai Alwar was descended from?

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. It is the beliefs and principles ...
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Why do Srivaishnavas consider sayujya to be highest of all liberations?

There are different types of liberation namely: Ekatva, or oneness with the Atma Salokya, or living in the same world as Vishnu Sarshti, or having the same opulences as Vishnu Samipya, or being a ...
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Which Dharma Sutras are valid according to Sri Vaishnavas?

Which Dharma Sutras are valid? Is every Dharma Sutra named after a historic Rishi with the affix "Sutra" or "Shastra" or "Smriti" valid? On wisdomlib.org for this Manusmriti verse, Ganganath Jha ...
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Where can I find the side by side compilation of the vedic verses and their tamil counterparts from Nalayira Divya Prabhandham?

We have the Naalaayira Divyaprabhandham in Tamil, a composition of 4000 verses from 12 Alwars. Among them, Nammalwar is considered as "One who gave the vedas in Tamil" through 1352 verses of the 4000. ...
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Did Vedanta Desikan perform Samashrayanam for Vidyaranya?

The famous 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan was childhood friends with the Advaita philosopher Vidyaranya, who served as the Shankaracharya of Sringeri and chief advisor of the ...
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What is meaning of churnabhishekam?

What is churnabhishekam performed during Brahmotsavam in Perumal temples? What are the ingredients used? I read that fragrant powders are used. I am unable to get more details.
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Thrivikrama Avatar

When God Narayana incarnated Thrivikrama avatar he kept his feet on Mahabali and showed his finger upwards. Thirumangai alwar composed a lyric on this and Thirugnanasambandar after hearing 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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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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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 do Sri Vaishnavas and Nimbarkites say regarding impersonal/formless/Nirakara Brahman?

ISKCON which advocates Achintya-Bheda-Abheda, believes that the impersonal Brahman is an expansion of the personal Brahman i.e. Krishna as you can see in the following web article: The Vedic texts ...
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Are there any surviving poems from Thirumazhisai Alwar's disciple Kanikannan?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw Yatotakari Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. The story of the temple is that Saraswati turned into the Vegavati river in order Brahma's Yagna in what is now ...
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On what grounds did RAmAnuja wished to accept KAnchipurNa as a guru?

It is known that Kanchipurna was one of the gurus of Ramanuja. Kanchipurna was a non brahmin and Ramnuja was from a brahmin family. At another instance, Kanchi Purna refused to accept Ramanuja ...
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Why is there a fight amongst Sri Vaishnavas regarding “namam” of Lord Venkateshwara?

There is a strong controversy going on since years about the forehead tilaka.style among both sects of sri vaishnava. The rivalry between the Tenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Iyengar Brahmins ...
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sharaNAgati and anugraham in Viśiṣṭādvaita

sharaNAgati is unconditional self-surrender to Sriman Nārāyaṇa and anugraha is the divine grace and compassion of Perumaal that qualifies and authenticates bhakti. According to Viśiṣṭādvaita, what ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is Thiruman Sacred?

What is purpose/reason of using Thiruman katti for making Urdhwapundra or Namam, What is relation of Thiruman to Shriman Narayana? How is it holy clay?
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What scriptures other than the Skanda Purana contain the Shuklambharadharam verse?

Before reciting the Vishnu Sahasranamam, it is traditional to recite the following Shloka: शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् | प्रसन्न वदनं धयायेत सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये || ...
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Did Krishna's devotee Uttanka ever attain Moksha?

I am currently visiting India, and I just went to the Adi Keshava Perumal Vishnu Temple in Sri Perumbudur, the birthplace of the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya. On the walls of this ...