Jiddu Krishnamurti is a philosopher of great repute who gave importance to universal religious values and personal insight. His philosophy is a synthesis of both Indian and western philosophical and psychological principles. He was born on 11 May, 1895 at Madanapalli, Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Krishnamurti was the eighth child of a lower middle class Brahmin couple, Sanjeevama and Narayanaiah. His mother died when Krishnamurti was a child. She felt that her child was destined for a remarkable career and insisted on delivering him in her prayer room. Since he was the eighth child, he was named after Srikrishna the eighth avatar.