Marion Rastelli studied Indology and Sociology at the University of Vienna, completing her PhD in 1998. She qualified as professor (habilitation) in 2006.
Rastelli does research on the religious history of Hindu traditions. Her special field is the Vaiṣṇava tradition of Pāñcarātra in all its aspects, including historical development, social structure, religious rituals, yoga practice, as well as cosmological and theological teachings. She is also interested in the relationship of Pāñcarātra to the philosophical school of Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta, with a focus on the works of Veṅkaṭanātha (13th/14th century) (see Veṅkaṭanātha and the tradition of Pāñcarātra).
Rastelli has been involved since 1995 in the international project "Tāntrikābhidhānakośa: Dictionnaire des termes techniques de la littérature hindoue tantrique" (Dictionary of Technical Terms from Hindu Tantric Literature), for which she writes articles. Since 2006 she has served as one of the dictionary's editors, together with Dominic Goodall (École française d'Extrême-Orient).
Marion Rastelli, 2006
Die Tradition des Pañcaratra im Spiegel der Paramesvarasamhita. (BKGA 51.) Wien: VÖAW, 2006 (order online).