About Ramanuja’s life, one opinion is,
That he lived, a long life of 120 years,
From 1017 to 1137 AD, as a role model
To all the Hindu religious people.
Another deep study of his life says
That he lived only for 80 years,
From 1077 to 1157, on the basis
Of the ancient historical records.
Born to Srimathi Kantimati, his mother,
And Sri Kesava Diksitar, his father,
In a Village Sriperambudur, he lived,
Near Madras City, from his childhood.
Earlier, his father had no children,
And sought the help of the divine,
By going with his wife to the shrine
Of Lord Parthasarathi at *Triplicane.
(*Thiru-alli-keni means Lily-lake
situated at Madras)
The Lord answered his prayers
By appearing in his dream once,
And granting him a precious boon,
That as his son He would arrive soon.
Thereafter a beautiful son was born
With marks of Vishnu as a sign,
Showing the appearance of Lord.
So, as Ramanuja, he was named.
From his very childhood days,
With his extraordinary intelligence,
He began to master all the lessons,
By one-time-hearing in his class.
This was a strange phenomenon,
That attracted each and everyone,
Who appreciated well his talent,
In grasping each subject by heart.
As he was a center of attraction,
To all the devotees of Lord then,
He began to show his concern,
More for them, on every occasion.