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Dispute about the God at Tirumala

From: D Bala Sundaram (dbsundaram_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Wed Aug 29 2001 - 23:30:31 PDT

We are aware of the dispute raised about the God at Tirumala and the role played by Swami Ramanuja in establishing it as the archa of Sriman Narayana. I am intrigued about this dispute.

The Tamil kappiyam Silappathikaram mentions  Tirumala as a temple of Thirumal. There are copius references to the temple in Nalayira Divya Prabhandam. Surely those who raised the dispute shoud be aware of these references during Swami Ramanuja's time. Are there any references in other literature to the contrary?

Is the claim of those who dispute rests only on the iconograhic details?

I am also intrigued by another remark attributed to famous Tamil scholar Mahavidwan Tirisirapuram Meenakshisundaram Pillai who also claimed that the god at Tirumala was Sri Subramanya. This remark is in the biography of Sri U Ve Swaminatha Iyer, "En Charitram". I am sure that Sri Pillai was aware of the references in Silappathikaram and Prabandham.

Can the scholars in the group comment?

adiyen Ramanuja dasan

D Bala sundaram


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