Vallabhacharya , also known as Vallabha, was a devotional philosopher, who founded the Krishna-centered Pushti sect of Vaishnavism in the Braj region of India, and the philosophy of Shuddha advaita .
Champaran, Chhattisgarh (in present-day Raipur district, Chhattisgarh, India)
|Children||Gopinath and Vitthalnath|
|Titles/honours||Venerated as shriman Narayana Narada Ved Vyas Vishnuswami Sampraday Samudhhar sambhrut Shri Purushottam Vadananlavatar Srvamnay Sanchar Vaishnavmnay Prachryaprakar Shri bilwamangalacharya Sampradayi Karpit Samrajya Sanakhand Bhoomandalacharya varya Jagadguru Mahaprabhu Shrimad Vallabhacharya|
|Philosophy||Hindu philosophy, Shuddhadvaita, Pushtimarg, Vedanta|
|Literary works||Madhurashtakam, Shri Subodhini, Tatwarthdip nibandh, Anubhashya, Shree Krushna Janmapatrika, PurushottamSahastranaam,Shree Yamunashtakam, Balbodh, Siddhant Muktavali, Pushti Pravaha Maryada, Siddhant Rahasyam, Navratnam, Antahkaranprabhodh, Vivekdhairyashraya, Krushnashraya, Chatuhshloki, Bhakti Vardhini, Shree Bhagwat Ekadash Skandharth Nirupan Karika, Vachnamrut, Shikshapatra, Vallabhakhyan, Purshottam Sahasranama, Janamangal Namavali etc;|
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Vallabhacharya (1479–1531 CE), also known as Vallabha, was a devotional philosopher, who founded the Krishna-centered Pushti sect of Vaishnavism in the Braj region of India, and the philosophy of Shuddha advaita (Pure Nondualism).
Vallabha was born in a Telugu Brahmin family that had been living in Varanasi, who escaped to the Chattisgarh state while expecting Vallabha, during the turbulent times of Hindu-Muslim conflicts in late 15th century. Vallabha studied the Vedas and the Upanishads as a child, then travelled throughout the Indian subcontinent over 20 years. He became one of the important leaders of the devotional Bhakti movement. The hagiographies written by his followers, just like those for other Bhakti leaders, claim that he won many philosophical debates against the followers of Ramanuja, Madhvacharya and others, had visions and miracles.
He is the Acharya and Guru within the Pushti sub-tradition, which he founded after his own interpretation of the Vedanta philosophy. Vallabha rejected asceticism and monastic life, suggested that through loving devotion to God Krishna, any householder could achieve salvation – an idea that became influential in western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with Vishnuswami, and is the prominent Acharya of Rudra Sampradaya out of the four Vaishnava Sampradayas.
He authored many texts including the Anubhashya (a commentary on Brahm Sutra), Shodash Granth or sixteen 'stotras' (tracts) and several commentaries on the Bhagavata Purana. Vallabha's writings and kirtan compositions focus on baby Krishna and his childhood pranks with Yashoda (unconditional motherly love), as well as a youthful Krishna in relationship (erotic mysticism) with cowherding women as the many lilas (pastimes) of Krishna, Krishna's protection of the good (divine grace) and his victory over demons and evils, all with allegory and symbolism. His legacy is best preserved in the Braj region, and particularly at Nathdwara in Mewar region of India – an important Krishna pilgrimage center.