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Akshobhya Tirtha

Akshobhya Tirtha
Govinda Shastri

Religious career

Akshobhya Tirtha (c. 1350- c. 1365) was a Dvaita scholar and theologian.[1] A forceful debater of his time, [2] he is considered to be the contemporary of Vidyaranya and Vedanta Desika, flourishing in the nascent Vijayanagara Empire.[3] Born as Govinda Shastri, he received sannyasa from Madhva and later succeeded Madhava Tirtha (c. 1333-c. 1350) as the pontiff. Traditionally, Akshobhya is known to have triumphed over Vidyaranya in a debate, the arbiter of which was Vedanta Desika.[1] A non-extant work titled Madhva Tantra Samgraha is attributed to him. [1] Sharma contends that Akshobhya retired to Pandharapur in his twilight years where he encountered a youth called Dhondu Pant on the banks of Bhima river, who would later go on to be his disciple and successor, Jayatirtha. [4] His mortal remains rest at Malkhed.


  1. ^ a b c Sharma 2000, p. 300.
  2. ^ Jackson 2007, p. 145.
  3. ^ Rao 1949, p. 36.
  4. ^ Sharma 2000, p. 301.


  • Sharma, B. N. Krishnamurti (2000). A History of the Dvaita School of Vedānta and Its Literature, Vol 1. 3rd Edition. Motilal Banarsidass (2008 Reprint). ISBN 978-8120815759.
  • Rao, S. Hanumantha (1949). Journal Of Indian History. 27. The University Of Travancore.
  • Jackson, William (2007). Vijaynagar Visions: Religious Experience and Cultural Creativity in a South Indian Empire. University of Michigan. ISBN 9780195683202.

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