Varadaguru or Nadadoor Ammal as he was later known, was Grandson of Nadadoor Azhwan. He was scion of the Nadadoor clan. He was the foremost scholar in Sri Vaishnava philosophy and was deeply devoted to Lord Varadaraja. His utmost devotion towards Lord Varadaraja earned him epithet “Ammal”, when the Lord Himself addressed him as “Mother !” , moved by his motherly affection.
Lord Kanchi Varadarajan bestows the title of “Ammal”
on Nadadoor Vardaguru
The Kalakshepa lectures on Sri Bhashya that he delivered were compiled together by his student Sri Sudarshanasuri and published as “Srutaprakashika”, which is the most detailed and authentic commentary on Sri Bhashya. Among his famous disciplines were Kidambi Appullar, Swami Vedanta Desikan’s Acharya. Sri Nadadoor Ammal blessing the five year old Swami Desikan, at the eastern prakaara of Sri Varadaraja Temple is a celebrated event in the history of Sri Vaishnavism. A depiction of this event can be seen even today in a roof painting at the very same location. Devout Sri Vaishanavas make it a point to pay obeisance at this place before having the darshan of Lord Sri Varadaraja.