The Vaiṣṇava Writings of a Śaiva Intellectual

  title={The Vaiṣṇava Writings of a Śaiva Intellectual},
  author={Ajay K. Rao},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • A. Rao
  • Published 1 March 2016
  • Art
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
Although today Appayya Dīkṣīta enjoys a reputation as the preeminent Śaiva polemicist of the sixteenth century, it must be remembered that he also wrote works from a distinctively Vaiṣṇava perspective, in which Viṣṇu is extolled as the paramount god rather than Śiva. This paper examines one of those works, the Varadarājastava and its autocommentary. It places special emphasis on how the poem is patterned on the Varadarājapañcāśat of the fourteenth-century Śrīvaiṣṇava poet and philosopher, Ved… 
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