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Footprints In the Sands of Time A Biography of Ramanuja, the Vaishnavite Preceptor, by Pillailokan Jeeyar

Author Name: Prof G. Rangarajan | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

The book has 6 chapters dealing with Ramanuja's birth in 1017 AD in Sriperumputhoor near Kancheepuram in Tamilnadu, his early years, his arrival in Srirangam, his multifaceted and ceaseless activity to streamline the affairs and worship of the Srirangam temple, his authoring of Sreebhashyam, a commentary to the Brahma Sutra of Sage Vyasa, his enunciation of the Visishtadvaitha School of Philosophy, his pilgrimage all over India, his flight to Tirunarayanapuram near Melkote in Karnataka to escape from the murderous attempt by the ruling Chola king, his consecration of the Panchanarayana Kshetras in Karnataka during his stay in Tirunarayanapuram and his acceptance into the community of Vaishnavas a large number of people were not allowed to worship in Vaishnavite temples. The book also covers his return to Srirangam after the death of the Chola king and his establishment of 74 Simhasanadhipathis to continue his work after his passing away at the end of 120 tumultuous years. A translation of Vedanta Desikan's Yatiraja Sapthathi into English prose is an additional attractive feature of this book.

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Prof G. Rangarajan

The author was born in 1944 in Srirangam, the foremost among 108 sacred shrines of Vaishnavites and hailed as paradise on earth. After his first 20 years spent in this town and Tiruchirappalli, he went to the Indian Institute of Science to carry out research in Physics for a PhD. After getting this degree, he spent about a decade in Oxford and Berlin before joining IIT Madras as an assistant professor of Physics in 1977. He became a professor of Physics there in 1984 and served as the head of the Department of Physics during 1994–97. He was the chairman of the Joint Entrance Examination for the South Zone in 2000. He retired in 2009 from active academic service. He has already authored A Chronicle of Srirangam during the last millennium, which was also published by Notion Press.