[Advaita-l] Acharya and Achari
srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 22 01:04:32 CDT 2011
It is common to see some south-Indian names among madhva-s and srIvaiShNavas
such as 'GaruDAchAr', 'HayavadanAchAr/ya', 'KrishNamAchAri', 'Varadaachari',
'LakshmInarasimhAchAriyAr'. Such names are hardly seen among smarta-s
either of the Tamil region or the Kannada/Telugu regions. The suffix
'AchAri' is found in some people of the carpenter profession. There is a
'shivAchAriyar' sect known as 'G/kurukkaL' in Tamil Nadu.
Even though the name 'ShankarachArya' is as popular as 'MadhvaachArya' and
'RamanujAchArya' is there anything exclusively 'vaiShNavite' about the word
Although not strictly 'Advaitic' this question came to my mind and I have
with reference to the above mail,Acharya means a teacher with Achara and who is a preceptor.But, the word Achari is a caste suffix.They are normally lingayats or who owe allegiance to Basaveshwar.Even there are some acharis among Goldsmiths.Acharis need not be Vaishnavites.Shivacharyas in TamilNadu are also called Shivachari in Karnataka.
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