Nilakantha Diksita e Q o A famous and versatile author who enriched Sanskrit literature, Nīlakaṇṭha 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 Aḍipala Agrahāra near the modern Kāñcīpuram (in Tamil Nadu), he acquired stupendous scholarship in several branches of learning like Mīmārhsā, Vedānta, Vyākaraṇa (grammar) and Saivism. His most famous work was Nīla- kantha-vijaya-campu. Some of his other works are: Sivatattvarahasya, Sivalilār- nava, Gañgāvatarana, Sāntivilāsa, Anandasāgarastava, Nalacarita and Vairāgyaśataka. The first of these works has expounded the Advaita Vedānta very well.