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Sri Sampradaya is a sub-denomination of Vaishnavism
. It is a philosophical system of thought that culminates in the philosophy of Visistadvaita propagated by Ramanujacharya. The prefix Sri is used for Sampradaya sect as they give special importance to the worship of the Goddess Lakshmi
Its origin may date back to around 10th century. Its formation is associated with a collection of the devotional hymns and songs by Alvars being organized by Nathamuni, who is considered asthe first guru of the sect. Nathamuni was followed by Yamunacharya. Name of the tradition is originating from Sri being the name of Lakshmi. Two different tilaka makings are worn by the representative of two different sects within the Sri Sampradaya following Ramanujacharya: Ten-galais and Vada-galais.
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