Born to a scholarly Brahmin family in South India in 1017, Acharya Ramanuja is one of the noted exponents of devotional
. He was a Vaishnavite and considered Lord Ram
as the greatest of Lord Vishnu's
Of his outstanding contributions is Sri-Bhashya, a commentary made on the Brahma-Sutras, which occupies a prominent position in the system of Vedanta. In addition, he wrote eight other works in Sanskrit on the philosophy of Vishishtadvaita.
Throughout his life, Ramanuja worked for the welfare of the community. He encouraged women education and strived for the equality of the sexes in social and religious matters.
During his last days, Ramanuja settled down at the Srirangam Temple, Srirangam, which is now a prime pilgrim spot. A plaster image of Ramanuja can be found here.