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Sripati Pandita – Life Story

Sripati Pandita was an exponent of Virasaivism in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Virasaivism was popularized in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana through two different sampradayas (schools). The first was the Basava or Jangama Sampradaya. The second one was the Pandita Sampradaya or Aradhya Sampradaya.

Three important leaders popularized the Pandita Sampradaya or Aradhya Sampradaya. And they were collectively known as Pandia-traya (the three pundits). Sripati Pandita (1060-1135 CE) was the first among them, the other two being Sivalenkamancana Pandita (1085 – 1150 CE) and Mallikarjuna Pandita (1100 – 1180 CE).

Sripati Pandita tried to counteract the influence of Mimamsakas and Advaitins by upholding bhakti. His line of though culminated in Srikanta, who, in Srikanta Bhashya (commentary), openly declared that his system was Saiva Visishtadvaita.

Palkuriki Somanatha in his Panditaradhya Caritra and Mallikarjuna Pandita in his Sivatattvasara refer to a miracle performed by Sripati Pandita in the court of Anantapala at Vijayawada. Anantapala was the general of Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI of the Western Chalukya dynasty. The former ruled over some part of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana between 1118-1127 CE. He is said to have tried burning charcoal pieces in Sripati pandita’s uttariya (upper cloth), yet no harm came to him. This incident was intended to silence his religious adversaries, who were experts in magic.

There is a system of calculation in astrology known as Sripati Sampradaya. The name of Sripati is a cherished on in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.