Mahapurna was one of the teachers of the medieval Vaishnavite philosopher Ramanuja. He was responsible for initiating Ramanuja into Sri Vaishnavism.


Mahapurna was born in a Chozhiyar family and lived in the eleventh or twelfth century AD. He was a disciple of Yamunacharya whom he helped with the management of the Ranganathasamy temple at Srirangam.

He was instrumental in bringing Ramanuja into the Sri Vaishnavite fold and initiated the latter after performing the Pancha Samskara ceremony at Madurantakam, a place located 40 km from present day Chennai.

See also

  • Hindu reform movements