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His followers in the Vaishnava tradition wrote hagiographies, some of which were composed in centuries after his death, and which the tradition believes to be true.
Ramanuja renounced his married life, and became a Hindu monk. Other late biographies include the Yatirajavaibhavam by Andhrapurna. Yamunacharya , the Vaishnavite acharya and the religious head of the Ranganathasamy temple at Srirangam had been closely following Ramanuja from a very young age. When it was time to pass on the legacy, the acharya decided that he would call upon Ramanuja. Accordingly he summoned Sri Mahapurna, a discple who was helping him out with the temple affairs and asked him to go to Kanchi and bring Ramanuja.
But bad news awaited them at Srirangam and they both come to know that Yamunacharya had passed away. Heart-broken, Ramanuja then left for Kanchi and refused to worship Sri Ranganatha for he held him responsible for taking away Yamunacharya from this world. So it was finally decided that Sri Mahapurna should once again go and invite Ramanuja to Srirangam. When he approached Kanchipurna about this, Kanchipurna politely refused as he did not belong to the same caste as Ramanuja and told him that he would get a more appropriate guru.
When he finally came back, it was through him that Lord Varadaraja conveyed his wish to Ramanuja. While on his way to Kanchi, Mahapurna and his wife decided to take some rest at Madurantakam , a place that is located 40km from present day Chennai. As fate would have it Ramanuja, who was on his way to Srirangam, arrived at the same place and to his joy found Mahapurna.
They soon embraced each other and Ramanuja requested that he waste no time in initiating him into the Vaishnavite order. Mahapurna immediately obliged and Ramanuja received the Panchasamskaras the five sacraments. The persecutor was called Krimikanta Chola or worm-necked Chola, so called as the king is said to have suffered from the cancer of the neck or throat. Bitti Deva changed his name to Vishnuvardhana.
The former, unlike his father, is said to have been a repentant son who supported Vaishnavism. The king then granted the management of the Ranganathaswamy temple to Dasarathi and his descendants as per the wish of Ramanuja. He called these downtrodden classes as Tirukulattar, meaning "of noble descent" in Tamil , and was instrumental in admitting them into the temple in Melukote.
This policy change contributed to the enhancement of social status for artisanal and other non-brahmin caste groups, especially the weavers SenguntharKaikola Mudaliyar who were one of the chief beneficiaries. After the period of Ramanuja, the Sri Vaishnava community split on this issue and formed the Vadakalai northern and Sanskritic and Thenkalai southern and Tamil sects. It is performed by Brahmins and non-Brahmins in order to become Vaishnavas. Later Yadava Prakasa realised his folly and became a disciple under Ramanuja.
The head priest of the Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam did not like Ramanuja and decided to do away with him. Accordingly he invited Ramanuja to his house for having food and planned to kill him by poisoning his food. This did not deter the priest who then made another attempt when Ramanuja visited the temple. He poisoned the temple Theertham holy water and served it to Ramanuja. However instead of dying Ramanuja began to dance with joy. The priest taken aback at once realised his mistake and fell at the feet of Ramanuja.
It is believed to be his preserved mortal remains. Rather, the scripture must be considered one integrated corpus, expressing a consistent doctrine.