By Swami Harshananda
Origins of Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita
A famous and versatile author who enriched Sanskrit literature, Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita was the grandson of Accān Dīkṣata who was a brother of another genius, Appayya Dīkṣita. 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 Mīmānsā, Vedānta, Vyākaraṇa and Śaivism.
Works by Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita
His most famous work was Nīlakantha-vijaya-campu. Some of his other works are:
The first of these works has expounded the Advaita Vedānta very well.
- He lived in A. D. 1520-1592.
- Vyākaraṇa means grammar.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore