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Re: Melkote Ramapriyan

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Wed Dec 13 2000 - 12:06:30 PST

Kasturi Varadarajan writes:
>   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?).

Dear Kasturi,

This is indeed an intriguing question. The late scholar
Sri M.R. Sampatkumaran wrote a short paper on this subject,
which was published in the inaugural issue of "Sri Ramanuja
Vani" in 1978 or so.  He concluded that it was simply a 
historical anachronism, and that the Sri Vaishnavas of 
the 14th century must have read their conflict with the Muslims
into their recollection of Sri Ramanuja's life.

I'll find the paper and supply the relevant excerpt tomorrow.

Mani

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