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Vidyāraṇya, is variously known as a kingmaker, patron saint and high priest to Harihara I and Bukka Raya I,. ) the founders of the Vijayanagara Empire. He was the 12th Jagadguru of the Śringeri Śarada Pītham from 1380-6. He was born to Māyaṇācārya and Śrīmatīdevī in Pampakṣetra in 1268 CE. Another account has it that he was born in Ekasila Nagari .

Sri Vidyaranya Mahaswamiji
Personal
Nationality Vijayanagara empire
Senior posting
Title Jagadguru of Sringeri Sharada Peetham
Period in office 1380–1386
Predecessor Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha
Successor Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati I

Vidyāraṇya, (Kannada: ವಿದ್ಯಾರಣ್ಯ) is variously known as a kingmaker, patron saint and high priest to Harihara I (ಹಕ್ಕ ರಾಯ I) and Bukka Raya I,((Kannada: ಬುಕ್ಕರಾಯ). ) the founders of the Vijayanagara Empire. He was the 12th Jagadguru of the Śringeri Śarada Pītham from 1380-6. He was born to Māyaṇācārya and Śrīmatīdevī in Pampakṣetra (modern-day Hampi) in 1268 CE. Another account has it that he was born in Ekasila Nagari (modern Warangal).

Vidyāraṇya helped the brothers establish the empire sometime in 1336. He later served as a mentor and guide to three generations of kings who ruled over the Vijayanagara Empire. Vijayanagara (Hampi), the capital of the empire, had a temple dedicated to Mādhavācārya.

Vidyāraṇya is the author of the Sarvadarśanasaṅgraha, a compendium of different philosophical schools of Hindu philosophy and Pañcadaśī, an important text for Advaita Vedanta.

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