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Vedanta Desika was a Sri Vaishnava guru and one of the most brilliant stalwarts of Sri Vaishnavism in the post-Ramanuja period. He was a poet, devotee, philosopher and master-teacher. He was the disciple of Kidambi Appullar, also known as Aathreya Ramanujachariar, who himself was of a master-disciple lineage that began with Ramanuja. Swami Vedanta Desika is considered to be avatar of the divine bell of Venkateswara of Tirumalai by the Vadakalai sect of Sri Vaishavites.

Sri Vedanta Desikan
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Swamy Sri Vedanta Desikan as in Kanchipuram with lions on two sides
Religion Hinduism
Philosophy Ramanuja's Vishistadvaita
Personal
Born Venkatanathan
1268 AD
Thoopul (Thiruthanka) (present-day Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India)
Died 1370 AD
Guru Sri Kidambi Appullar alias Sri Aathreya Ramanujachariar
Literary works Sri Sthothra Nidhi, Sri Paduka Sahasram, Rahasya Granthams, Sri Desika Prabandham, Kavyams
Honors Sarvathanthra Swathanthrar, Kavitharkiga Simham, Vedanthachariar
Quotation

Srimathe Nigamantha Maha Desikaya Namah: (श्रीमते निगमान्त महादेशिकाय नमः)

Vedanta Desika (Swami Desikan, Swami Vedanta Desikan, Thoopul Nigamaantha Desikan) (1268–1370) was a Sri Vaishnava guru and one of the most brilliant stalwarts of Sri Vaishnavism in the post-Ramanuja period. He was a poet, devotee, philosopher and master-teacher. He was the disciple of Kidambi Appullar, also known as Aathreya Ramanujachariar, who himself was of a master-disciple lineage that began with Ramanuja. Swami Vedanta Desika is considered to be avatar (incarnation) of the divine bell of Venkateswara of Tirumalai by the Vadakalai sect of Sri Vaishavites.

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