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What is the difference between Thenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Sri Vaishnavism?

First of all, these aren't the two main sub-sects of Vaishnavism, they are the two main sub-sects of Sri Vaishnavism. There are other Vaishnava Sampradayas, like the Gaudiya Vaishnava sect that ...
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Why does Chinna Jeeyar Swami carry a bunch of sticks and a flag attached to them?

Not just Chinna Jeeyar Swami, but all Sri Vaishnava Acharyas carry these three sticks. They are called the Tridanda, and they are carried by those who have taken up Tridandi Sanyasa, which is the ...
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What is the significance of Satagopuram?

It's because the Sadagopuram, AKA Sadagopam or Sadari, is unique to Vishnu temples. The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous ...
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Where does the Linga Purana declare Vishnu to be the supreme soul?

Uttara Bhaga of Linga Purana consists a section called Vishnu Mahatmya which talks about greatness Vishnu. 1st chapter to 8th chapter of UttaraBhaga describes the greatness of Lord Vishnu: The first ...
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Did Tamil Vaishnavites (Iyengars) descend from Shaivites (Iyers)?

Yes, Iyengars are an ofshoot of the Iyers. But Iyer didn't originally mean Smartha Brahmana. Iyer originally just denoted people of the highest jati (subcaste) of the Brahmana varna (caste). Then ...
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What is the difference between Bhakti Yoga & Sharanagati?

Sri Vaishnavas believe there are two paths to Moksha, Bhakti Yoga and Sharanagati (aka Prapatti). Bhakti Yoga is a long and difficult path to Moksha, and it has both Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga as ...
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Six aspects of surrender mentioned in Pancharatra texts?

Prapatti (or self-surrender) is an important aspect of SrI Vaishnava Teachings. According to pAncarAtra samhitas (Ahirbudhnya samhitA, LakshmI tantra), there are six aspects or angas to prapatti: ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna's lover Nappinnai?

It turns out that the Harivamsa Southern Recension contains a chapter 'Krsnasya Nilaya Saha Vivahah', or the marriage of Krsna with Nila Devi. This chapter exactly tallies with the account of the ...
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Why did Sri Ramanuja refuse to hail Shiva? What was the need to prove that Vishnu is the one true God?

Ramanujacharya was not being asked to worship Shiva. Now if he had been asked to do that, he might well have refused; as discussed in this answer Sri Vaishnavas who have performed Sharanagati often ...
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Where does Periyavachan Pillai discuss Mleccha devotees of Vishnu?

The verse quoted by Vedanta Desika in the Rahasyatrayasara is Garuda Purana 1.227.9 भक्तिरष्टविधा ह्येषा यस्मिन् म्लेच्छो ऽपि वर्तते स विप्रेन्द्रो मुनिः श्रीमान् स याति परमां गतिम् ...
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Where in the Mahabharata does Krishna discuss Archa forms of Vishnu?

The text of the Tattva Matrika says - Arccāvatāramāvatu - 'tamarukantu evvuruvam avvuruvantāṉē - tamarukantatu eppēr maṟṟappēr', 'neñciṉāl niṉaippāṉ yavaṉavaṉākum nīḷkaṭal vaṇṇaṉē' eṉṉumpaṭi ...
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Is Thenkalai Iyengar sect really Brahmin?

Yes, Thenkalai Iyengars are really brahmins. Thenkalai or Tenkalai is one of the traditions in Sri Vaishnava tradition which subscribes to teachings of Pillai Lokacharya and Manavala Mahamuni. The ...
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What is the significance of Satagopuram?

@KeshavSrinivasan has already given a fantastic answer on the origin of the practice, but I would like to address the purity aspect which you brought up. Everyone can in fact receive the Sadari, but ...
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Does Ramanujacharya believe that inhabitants of Brahmaloka attain Moksha when they die?

Ramanujacharya is not stating his own view. Rather, he is stating a Purvapaksha argument which Badari refutes in the next Sutra (Sutra 9). Here is how this PDF presents Ramanujacharya's commentary on ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna granting Moksha to Ghantakarna, a Pishacha who killed a rishi?

Ghantarkarna hasn't received moksha yet. However his moksha is granted due to boon by Lord Krishna. He will attain Sayujya with Vishnu after the period of present Indra is over. It is described in ...
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Why are there no more Alwars?

The āḻvārs, also spelt as alwars or azhwars are 12 devotional saints born in the region of south India. These saints wrote devotional poems in Tamil in the praise of Vishnu directly or his ...
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Why does Ramanuja refer to the PAshupata sect as the sect of "Black faces"?

Ramanujacharya does not call Pashupatas as Kalamukhas. In fact, he explicitly states that they are different Shaivite sects, in this section of his Sri Bhashya: So far it has been shown that the ...
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Did Rāmānuja abandon his wife? If yes, on what grounds?

Ramanujacharya abandoned his wife because she was obstructing his religious practices and spiritual progress. Ramanujacharya's wife contradicted him multiple times and she created obstacles in ...
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Does Sri Ramanuja or Sri Vedanta Desika say that Narayana is a proper noun?

Vedanta Desika is fairly clear that the term Narayana is unambiguous. In the Tattvamuktakalapa 3.5 Desika states: nissādhāraṇya-nārāyaṇa-pada-viṣaye niścayaṃ yānty-abādhe sad-brahm-ādyās-samāna-...
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Are there any surviving quotes from Baudhayana's commentary on the Brahma Sutras?

Yes, Ramanujacharya quotes from Baudhayana's Vritti several times.. First of all, in this section his commentary on Adhyaya 1 Pada 1 Sutra 1 of the Brahma Sutras, Ramanujacharya gives two quotes from ...
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Do Sri Vaishnavas believe the Nachiketa Yagna grants Moksha by itself?

The key point here is that it is not possible to (meaningfully) perform the Nachiketa agni ritual without the Bhakti Yoga aspect. The Nachiketa yajna is not like other common yajnas; it's very ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna granting Moksha to Ghantakarna, a Pishacha who killed a rishi?

As said by @surya, the story of Ghantakarna is mentioned in the Bhavishya Parva of Harivamsa. I didn't found any version of it in English but I have read the story in Hindi version by Geeta Press ...
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How do Sri Vaishnavas interpret the "Vedas are not Vedas" quote in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad?

As expected, Sri Vaishnavas do not think that this verse makes the epistemological point suggested by Adi Shankaracharya in his Brahma Sutra Bhashya. Instead they interpret it in a similar fashion to ...
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Who founded "Pushti mArga" and how is it different than "Vaishnavism"?

"Who founded it & when?" Pushti mArga is the sub-sect of Rudra Sampradaya. It was founded by Vallabhacharya around 1500 AD. "How is it different than conventional Vaishnavism?" I suppose by ...
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How Are Azhwaars Vishishtadvaitins?

As per the speaker of the video, only who undergone Panchasamskara under Ramanuja or his disciples are called Srivaishnavas. If this is true, can panchasamskara be equated to baptism in ...
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Did Ramanuja do a mass initiation of people at Srirangam?

Did he actually did this as given the above paragraphs? Now, this is a purely historical question and which i am not answering. I will be answering only two of your questions that can be addressed ...
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Is there a good book in English on Divya Prabhandam?

First of all, for those who don't know, the Naalayira Divya Prabandham is Nathamuni's collection of the 4000 verses of the Alwars. In any case, I know of two English translations of the entire ...
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What are the important texts/scriptures of VisistAdvaita Vedanta?

Actually Ramanujacharya has written three commentaries on Brahma Sutra: Sri Bhashhya (श्री भाष्य​) Veanta Sara (वेदान्त​ सार​) Vedanta Dipa (वेदान्त​ दीप​) Apart from Sri Bhashya, One of the ...
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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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