Vedānta Deśika (1268–1369) was an esteemed ācārya in the Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta & Śrī-Vaiṣṇava paramparā of Śri Rāmānuja. Raghuvīra-Gadyam, which celebrates Rāma’s valour, was composed when the author was residing at the temple town of Thiruvahindrapuram in Tamil Nadu. The temple has icons of Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa and Sītā, and here Rāma is seen as Kodaṇḍa-Rāma (with a bow in His hand). Inspired by this, Deśika wrote Raghuvīra-gadyam, in which he focuses on Rāma as a ‘mahā-vīra’ (great-hero). Hence Raghuvīra-gadyam is also known as Mahāvīra-vaibhavam. These lessons are delivered in Sanskrit.

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