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Questions about Vadakalai (वडकलै), a sub sect of "Sri Vaishnava" which gives primary importance to Sanskrit Vedas in addition to Naalayira Divya Prabhandam. It is believed to be expounded by Vedanta Desikan. The Vadakalai doctrine also known as Markat Nyaya.

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If a Tenkalai Iyengar wishes to become Vadakalai or vice versa - do they have to go through an initiation ceremony?

the forehead mark or Namam is different for the two subsects. What is the difference between Thenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Sri Vaishnavism? states that they also have doctrinal differences. But ...
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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 scripture says “the Pranava is the highest letter”?

The Pradhana Satakam is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan describing 100 important things. In verse 7 of the Pradhana Satakam, Vedanta Desikan says that the Pranava is the most ...
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Do Vadakalai Sri Vaishnavas believe that liberated souls do not have the power of creating any universe?

According to this answer, Thenkalais believe the liberated souls have the power of creating their own universes, but not the universe that is common to souls trapped in samsara; only Brahman can can ...
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How do Sri Vaishnava Acharyas interpret this verse from the Kaushitaki Upanishad?

This verse: For he [Brahman](the self of prâna and pragñâ) makes him [the Jivatma], whom he wishes to lead up from these worlds, do a good deed; and the same makes him, whom he wishes to lead down ...
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Did Vedanta Desikan debate Tuvarapati Kavalar?

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. Now the Vedanta ...
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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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What is the connection between Munitrayam and Swayamacharyas in Sri Vaishnavism?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member) is divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Now each of these sub-sects has a bunch of Mathams belonging to ...
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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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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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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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Who created the difference between Thenkalai and Vadakalai sects?

Actually I am very curious to know who created the difference between Thenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya?
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Do Thenkalai Sri Vaishnavas believe that liberated souls have powers of creation of the material Universe?

The 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 sub-sects both agree on ...
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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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Was the Sarangapani temple ever converted from Thenkalai to Vadakalai?

The conversion of the great Kanchi temple from Thenkalai to Vadakalai is a well known fact (lot of documentation in the court cases). Can somebody provide historic records (court records etc) or ...
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What is the Thenkalai-Vadakalai disagreement about "Sriman Narayana Preethiyartham" vs "Bhagavat Kainkarya Roopam"?

The members of the Sri Vaishnava sect of Hinduism (of which I'm a member), especially the Iyengars (Sri Vaishnavas who are Brahmanas), are divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalais and Vadakalais. These ...
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