About Sri Ramanuja

Srimate Ramanujaya Namaha

Sri Ramanuja (traditionally, 10171137 CE)

SriRamanuja was a Hindu theologian, philosopher, and one of the most important exponents of the
Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism. He was born in a Tamil Brahmin family, to mother Kanthimathi and father Asuri Kesava Somayaji, in the village of Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. His philosophical foundations for devotionalism were influential to the Bhakti movement.

Sri Ramanuja as a priest at the Varadharaja Perumal temple (Vishnu) at Kanchipuram, taught that moksha (liberation and release from samsara) is to be achieved not with metaphysical, nirguna Brahman but with the help of personal god and saguna Vishnu.Ramanuja has long enjoyed foremost authority in the Sri Vaishnava tradition.

  • Ramanuja was born in India during the year 1017 A.D.
  • According to astrological calculations, the sun was in the zodiacal sign of Cancer.
  • Ramanuja passed his childhood days in Sriperumbudur, the village of his birth.
  • At the age of 16 he was married to Rakshakambal.
  • Ramanuja married, moved to Kanchipuram, studied in an Advaita Vedanta monastery with Yadava Prakasa as his guru.
  • He attempted to meet another famed Vedanta scholar of 11th-century Yamunacharya, but Sri Vaishnava tradition holds that the latter died before the meeting and they never met.
  • Ramanuja became the new leader of Sri Vaishnava sect previously led by Yamunacharya.
  • Ramanuja was initiated into Sri Vaishnavism by Periya Nambi, also called Mahapurna, another Vedanta scholar.
  • He lived for 120 years and attained Vaikuntapathi from SriRangam.

Sri Ramnuja promoted Sri Sampradaym. He established a system at SriRangam temple which is called as "Koilolugu" to perform the daily rituals and procedures to run the temple. This is followed even today. After this he went to Tirumala and established a system and created a mutt (religious institution) to organize the activities of the Tirumala temple. He had written various books on our Sri Sampradayam. He established the Vishistadvaita philosophy based on the Vedas and alwars' Divya Prabandam. He appointed 74 simharihipathis to spread Sri Vaishnava sampradayam. He established a temple for SrimaN Narayana in a place called Thirunarayanapuram (called as Melkote) in Karnataka state near Mysore. His works continued and he took all efforts to spread Sri Sampradayam till his last.

  • Sri Ramanuja Samadhi-Sri Rangam

  • Sri Ramanuja Shrine-Sri Rangam

Sri Ramnuja's Disciples

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