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Melkote Ramapriyan

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (kvaradar_at_cs.uiowa.edu)
Date: Wed Dec 13 2000 - 10:28:20 PST

Friends,

  The account of Ramanuja at Thirunarayanapuram/Melkote given in
Guruparampara prabhavam (GPP) states that Ramanuja recovered the
utsavamurthy Ramapriya from a muslim (turushka) king at Delhi. 
This is also the "pop" version I have heard.

  The problem is that there seems to be no muslim king at delhi
before 1190, whereas Ramanuja is supposed to have lived from 
1017--1137. Secondly, assuming that Ramapriya was in delhi/north
because he was taken there by some muslim raid of Melkote, we
seem to have another problem: the earliest muslim raids of
Karnataka happen much later (Malik kafur?).

  How is this resolved? Are there independent accounts from
Melkote? 

  I am not in favour of a searching historical critique of works
like GPP but this appears to be a major anachronism. But perhaps
someone could shed some light?

-Kasturi


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