Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nilakantha Diksita, NilakaNTha DIkSita, Nilakantha Dikshita


A famous and versatile author who enriched Sanskrit literature, Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita was the grandson of Accān Dīkṣiata who was a brother of another genius, Appayya Dīkṣita (A. D. 1520-1592). He lived in the 17th century.

Born as the son of Nārāyaṇa Dīkṣita and Bhumidevī at Adipala Agrahāra near the modern Kāñcīpuram in Tamil Nadu, he acquired stupendous scholarship in several branches of learning like Mīmāmsā, Vedānta, Vyākaraṇa (grammar) and Śaivism.

His most famous work was Nīlakantha-vijaya-campu. Some of his other works are:

  1. Śivatattvarahasya
  2. Sivalilārnava
  3. Gañgāvatarana
  4. Śāntivilāsa
  5. Anandasāgarastava
  6. Nalacarita
  7. Vairāgyaśataka

The first of these works has expounded the Advaita Vedānta very well.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore