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Ramanuja Sampradaya in Gujarat: A Historical Perspective

Haripriya Rangarajan (Author)

Vaisnavism acquired a new philosophical base with the concept of Visistadvaita propounded by Ramanuja who lived in South India in the 11th century A.D. This book explains how Ramanuja Sampradaya which is also called Sri Vaisnavism made its way and developed in the state of Gujarat.

The book contains six chapter. The introductory chapter deals, briefly, with the rise and development of Vaisnavism in general and that of Sri Vaisnavism in particular. This is followed by a detailed chapter on the life of Ramanuja and his philosophical tenets. The third chapter which constitutes the essence of the study deals with the induction and spread of Ramanuja Sampradaya in Gujarat. While the Acaryas of the Mutts of Tamil Nadu and individual Preachers from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were responsible for taking Ramanuja Sampradaya to Gujarat, its spread in the later days was mostly due to the Acaryas of Rajasthan, Mathura and Brindavan. Chapter four is devoted to the temples of this Sampradaya preceded by an introduction to the local Tirthaksetras in Gujarat. This chapter also describes the icons of Visnu along with his Consort found in the temples of this sect. Chapter five presents a brief study of the impact of Ramanuja Sampradaya on the social system in Gujarat. The concluding chapter gives the present status of the Sampradaya in Gujarat. The book contains sixty six illustrations of the various Acaryas, temples and icons of Visnu and his Consort.

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About the author

Haripriya Rangarajan

Dr. (Mrs.) Haripriya Rangarajan obtained her Ph.D. degree in Indian Culture from the Gujarat University in 1987. She specialized in the iconography of Vishnu and has contributed articles to academic journals, national seminars and popular magazines. Her doctoral thesis was published in 1990 under the title Spread of Vaishnavism in Gujarat upto 1600 A.D. (A study with Special Reference to the Iconic forms of Vishnu). Her book on Ramanuja Sampradaya in Gujarat: A Historical Perspective was published in 1996. Her third work entitled Varaha Images in Madhya Pradesh – An Iconographic Study was published in 1997 and the Asiatic society of Bombay has awarded the Silver Medal for this work in 1998. she is a recipient of Indian council of Historical Studies fellowship for her research studies. She is keen in organizing and participating in the academic activities. She has organized several seminars and workshops in close association with well-known museums and research institutions.

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Title Ramanuja Sampradaya in Gujarat: A Historical Perspective
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1996
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170392101
length 184p., 66 Illustration; B/W; 8.7" X 5.7"