- The Sthala Purana mentions the year Durmukhi as the year when Vishnuvardhana (Bittideva / Bittavardhana) was converted by Ramanuja. This year corresponds to 1116-1117. In the same Durmukhi year Āndan, one of the prime disciples of Ramanuja had attended the inauguration festival of Vijaya Narayana (Chenna Kesava) temple at Belur. This is found inscribed in the stone panel above the eastern main entrance of the temple and recorded in volume II of Indian Antiquary. [xi]
Even his father Ereyanga who is branded by all historians as a Jain claims Hindu Puranic descent in his inscription.[xiv] But they all have patronised all sects and honoured intellectuals of all sects in their courts. [xivi] They only differed in the personal choice they made in having their preceptor.
- The next two points in Sthala Purana about the Thondanur Lake are proof of the formation of this lake during the period of the stay of Ramanuja in Thondanur and his role in forming the lake. Further burden of proof lies with the archaeologists. Though this lake came to be called as Moti talab, a name purportedly coined by Tipu Sultan, none had forgotten the olden and original name as Tirumala Sagara and the influence of Ramanuja. This oral tradition recorded by Buchanan cannot be whisked away baseless.
[xiii] A.Srivathsan, (1992) “The persecution of Ramanuja: A view from the Srirangam temple complex”, Madras.