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Re: Kura-narayanar

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Wed Jun 06 2001 - 15:14:25 PDT

Sadagopan writes:
> Dear Sri Cadambi:
> 
> Sri KuranArAyanar is a Vadakalai AchAryan
> who lived around 1459 CE.

Dear Sri Sadagopan and Members of our group:

In reading over some of the emails that I missed
I came across this message. From what I recall 
(I do not have my reference materials with me right
now) the kUra-nArAyaNa-jIyar who is the author of the
famed 'sudarSana-Satakam' lived in the period between
Sri Parasara Bhattar and Sri Vedanta Desika. This
places him in approximately the early part of the 
13th century.  kUra-nArAyaNa-jIyar played a major
role in Srirangam and was instrumental (if I recall
correctly) in the construction of the sudarSana shrine 
there.  Given his time period, he predates the schism
between the sub-schools of Sri Ramanuja sampradAya.

I am not sure whether this kUra-nArAyaNa is
the same as the author of the upanishad-bhAshyas.
I will check on this when I get the chance.

According to Sri Puttur Krishnaswami Iyengar, Sri Desika's
references to a 'periya jIyar' in SrImad rahasya-traya-sAram
are ostensibly to this kUra-nArAyaNa-jIyar. This is a
matter of dispute as most scholars of the Vadagalai tradition
think Desika's mention of a 'periya jIyar' refer to nanjIyar.

Mani




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