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Re: A clarification needed

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Fri Sep 01 2000 - 11:28:44 PDT

> Recently I was reading a book "Visishtadvaita-The unique philosophy of
> Srivaishnavism-Concepts at a Glance" wriitten by Sri.A.Lakshminarasimhan
> published by RASIBHAM Trust, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004. 

> " Ananthazhvan-one of the simhasanathipathis. Ramanuja asked him to look
> after the temple garden at Tirumala. ( Ananthazhvan's son was Pundarika
> Somayaji. His son was Ananta Suri, who married Thotharamba and to them was
> born Venkatanatha, i.e. Sri Desika.)"
> 
> When I read this I was confused if the author got the names Ananta Suri
> mixed up. Is the above lineage true?

I am surprised that the author has made such an obvious mistake.  We
can easily determine whether this lineage is correct or not.  
Sri Anantalvan belonged to bhAradvAja gotram.  Sri Desika, as attested
to himself, belonged to kauSika gotram.  Hence there is no patrilineal
relationship between the two, and the author has clearly simply assumed
that since Desika's father's name was Ananta Suri that he must be
a descendant of Anantalvan.

It is sad that even in this day of easy availability of information,
such elementary mistakes are being made and propagated.

rAmAnuja dAsan,
Mani



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