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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sridharasvamin, ZridharasvAmin, shridharasvaamin

Śrīdharasvāmin or Śrīdhara is one of the few commentators belonging to the Advaita school of Vedānta who has tried to harmonize jñāna[1] and bhakti[2] in his writings. He probably lived in the 15th century A. D. A brāhmaṇa from Maharashtra, he lived in Gujarat. He was a householder and an apparently insignificant incident in his life made him renounce the world and become a sanyāsin. His works are:

  1. Subodhinī - It is a commentary on the Bhagavadgitā.
  2. Bhāvārthadīpikā - It is a commentary on the Bhāgavata.
  3. Ātmaprakāśa - It is a commentary on the Viṣṇupurāṇa

His writings are quite popular among the students of Vedānta.


  1. Jñāna means knowledge.
  2. Bhakti means devotion.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore