Ramanuja was born in Tamil Nadu in 1017 CE. He was also known as Ilaya Perumal, which means “the shining one.”
- He fought relentlessly against casteism and societal hierarchies
- His philosophical underpinnings for devotionalism influenced the Bhakti movement.
- He is known for his Sri Vaishnavism ideology and is the main proponent of the Vishishtadvaita subschool of Vedanta.
- Vishishtadvaita is one of the main branches of Vedanta
- According to Vishishtadvaita philosophy, Brahman is eternal, but also includes elements of plurality.
- In Sanskrit, he composed famous books such as bhashya on the Brahma Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. He also published nine works known as the Navratnas, which included three important commentaries on the Vedartha-Sangraha, the Sribhasya, and the Bhagavadgita-bhasya, all of which attempted to provide a philosophical framework for devotional worship.
In current times
- Statue of saint Ramanujacharyulu will be unveiled soon
- The ‘Statue of Equality’, as it is called, is being installed to mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of Ramanujacharyulu. It is built of Panchaloha, a combination of gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc.
- It is the second largest in the world in sitting position of the saint.
How to structure
- Give an intro about Ramanujacharya
- Explain the various contributions he made for literature, culture etc.
- Mention any recent current affairs related to him