24 Facts About Vallabha Acharya


Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhu, known as Vallabha, Mahaprabhuji and Vishnuswami, or Vallabha Acharya, is a Hindu Indian saint and philosopher who founded the Krishna-centered PushtiMarg sect of Vaishnavism in the Braj region of India, and the Vedanta philosophy of Shuddha advaita .

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Vallabha Acharya is the Jagadguru Acharya and Guru of the Pushti Marg bhakti tradition and Suddhadwait Brahmavad, which he founded after his own interpretation of the Vedanta philosophy.

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The name Vallabha Acharya means the beloved or lover, and is a name of Vishnu and Krishna.

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Vallabha Acharya became one of the important leaders of the devotional Bhakti movement.

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Vallabha Acharya rejected asceticism and monastic life, suggested that through loving devotion to God Krishna, any householder could achieve salvation – an idea that became influential all over India, proven by Vallabh Digvijay, Sampraday Pradep, Sampraday Kalpadrum and his 84 Baithakjis in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Goa and various other parts of India.

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Vallabha Acharya is associated with Vishnuswami Sampraday, and is the prominent Jagadguru Acharya of Rudra Sampradaya out of the four traditional Vaishnava Sampradayas.

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Vallabha Acharya authored many texts including but not limited to, the Anubhashya colloquially called BrahmaSutrAnubhashya, Shodash Granth or sixteen 'stotras' and several commentaries on the Bhagavata Purana.

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Vallabha Acharya's legacy is best preserved with the acharyas of his Pushtimarg Vallabh Sampraday, in the Braj region, and particularly at Nathdwara and Dwarkadhish Temple in Mewar region of India – are important Krishna pilgrimage center.

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Vallabha Acharya's education commenced at the age of seven with the study of four Vedas, Upnishads, Puranas, Shat Darshan.

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Vallabha Acharya acquired mastery over the books expounding the six systems of Indian philosophy.

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Vallabha Acharya learnt and studied philosophical systems of Adi Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, Nimbarka along with the Buddhist, Jain, Carvaka, etc schools.

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Vallabha Acharya was able to recite a hundred mantras, not only from beginning to end but in reverse order.

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Vallabha Acharya was honoured with the kanakabhishekam ceremony by the Emperor Krishnadevaraya and other acharyas and learned pandits on his grand victory.

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Vallabha Acharya was offered vessels of gold weighing a hundred maunds.

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Vallabha Acharya wore a simple white dhoti and a Upparna a white upper garment cloth and make no use of his .

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Vallabha Acharya gave discourses on Bhagavata at 84 places and explained the meanings of the Puranic text.

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Vallabha Acharya performed the initiation ceremony of religious rite by conferring on them the 'Nama Nivedana' mantra or the 'Brahma Sambandha' mantra.

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Vallabha Acharya met Vyas in his Himalayan cave and discussed Krishna and his flute.

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Vallabha Acharya created the Siddhant Rahashya granth telling word-to-word instructions he received regarding Brahma Sambandh that day.

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Vallabha Acharya intended to remain a lifelong celibate brahmachary but the deity-guru Vithoba of Pandharpur commanded him to marry and live the life of a householder, and Shrinathji himself said that Vallabha Acharya would be born as the second child of Vallabha, Gusaiji .

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Vallabha Acharya reached Kasi and according to Vedic traditions, formally renounced the world by taking Tridand Vaishnav Sanyasa and a vow of silence.

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Vallabha Acharya lived in a hut made of leaves on the Hanuman ghat for about a week.

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Vallabha Acharya spent his last days in contemplation of Krishna and suffered agonies of separation from him.

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Vallabha Acharya wrote elaborate commentaries on Sanskrit scriptures, the Brahma-Sutras, GayatriBhashya, and Shreemad Bhagwatam .

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