Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nilakantha Diksita, NilakaNTha DIkSita, Nilakantha Dikshita

Origins of Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita

A famous and versatile author who enriched Sanskrit literature, Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita was the grandson of Accān Dīkṣata who was a brother of another genius, Appayya Dīkṣita.[1] He lived in the 17th century.

Born as the son of Nārāyaṇa Dīkṣita and Bhumidevī at Adipala Agrahāra near the modern Kāñcīpuram in Tamil Nadu, he acquired stupendous scholarship in several branches of learning like Mīmānsā, Vedānta, Vyākaraṇa[2] and Śaivism.

Works by Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita

His most famous work was Nīlakantha-vijaya-campu. Some of his other works are:

  1. Śivatattvarahasya
  2. Śivalilārnava
  3. Gañgāvatarana
  4. Śāntivilāsa
  5. Anandasāgarastava
  6. Nalacarita
  7. Vairāgyaśataka

The first of these works has expounded the Advaita Vedānta very well.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1520-1592.
  2. Vyākaraṇa means grammar.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore