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Devotee of Sharada, Goddess of Learning

Revered Vidyaranya became the architect who shaped an empire. Though he was the Prime Minister of the State, he remained a saint primarily. He wrote with the help of his brother Sayana a treatise called 'Sarvadarshana Sangraha' which is of great help to scholars.

Once he held a discussion with Akshobhya Teertha, a great scholar, and expressed his respect for his scholarship. He met Akshobhya Teertha's disciple Jayateertha in the cave of Yaragola and came under the influence of his work 'Pramana Lakshana'. He invited Jayateertha to Vijayanagara and took him out in procession on an elephant. Such was the respect he showed to scholars.

Vidyaranya became the twelfth head of Shankaracharya's Sharada Peetha in 1331 A. D. at Sringeri after the passing away of Bharati Krishnateertha. He was the head of the Adwaita Peetha for fifty-five years and attained eternal bliss in 1386 A.D.

Vidyaranya wrote commentaries on the four Vedas and the Upanishads. He enriched the world of learning by writing works like 'Panchadashi, Jeevanmukti Viveka', 'Anubhuti Prakashika, Parashara Madhaveeya', 'Devi Aparadha Stotrd and others. These are celebrated works on Adwaita philosophy. He dealt with the essentials of fifteen Ragas in his 'Sangeeta Sara' and thus became the founder of the Karnataka style of music. It is a classical music.

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Vidyaranya - A Great and Famous Saint who is known as the founder of Karnataka
About Vidyaranya
Service of the People
Parentage and Childhood
At Kanchi
The Desire Of His Heart
Calamity at Srirangam
People Who Lost Hope
Battle-cry of Fearlessness
The Aim Of Life Made Clear
Will The Divine Architect Arrive
Loyalty to Religion ; Welfare State
The Ascetic
Holiest of the Holy Places

Let Your Auspicious Presence be Ever Present In Me

I Cannot Wait till My Next Birth
The Vow of a Saint
The Dawn
We Are Hakka and Bukka
Anegondi Captured
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