Vallabha Acharya

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1479 – 1531

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Who was Vallabha Acharya?

Vallabhacharya was a devotional philosopher, who founded the Pushti sect in India, following the philosophy of Shuddha advaita.

Vallabhacharya accepted the 'Acharya' designation of Vishnuswami Sampraday upon request of Bilvamangala Acharya, the last Vishnuswami Sampraday acharya before Vallabhacharya. This was after Vallabhacharya won the famous debate of Brahmavada over Shankaras in the courtyard of the Emperor Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagara Empire — the prosperous South Indian Empire. Apart from being the acharya of Vishnuswami Sampradaya, Vallabhacharya also propagated the Pushtimarga upon the god Krishna's order and thus became the acharya of not only Vishnuswami Sampradaya but also Pushti Sampradaya.

He is the Acharya and Guru within the Vaishnava traditions as promulgated and prescribed by the Vedanta philosophy. He is associated with Vishnuswami, a prominent Acharya of Rudra Sampradaya out of the four Vaishnava Sampradayas.

Within Indian Philosophy, he is known as the writer of Anubhashya, Shodash Granth or sixteen 'stotras' and several commentaries on the Bhagavata Purana, which describes the many lilas of the Avatar, Krishna. Vallabhaacharya occupies a unique place in Indian culture as a scholar, a philosopher and devotional preacher. He is widely considered as the last of the four great Vaishnava Acharyas who established the various Vaishnava schools of thought based on Vedantic philosophy, the other three being Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya and Nimbarkacharya. He is especially known as a lover and a propagator of Bhagavata Dharma. He was born in Champaranya in India.

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Born
1479
Champaran, Chhattisgarh
Religion
  • Hinduism
Profession
Lived in
  • Chhattisgarh
Died
1531

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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