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Cult means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Singhi Jain Series: Ratnaprabha-suri’s Kuvalayamala-katha (history)

Cult (practices and beliefs) prevailed amongst the various tribes of ancient India (commonly known as the Śabaras), as vividly depicted in the Kathās (narrative poems) such as Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—The special cult-practices and beliefs in Mantras amongst the tribes of Pulindas, Kāpālikas, Mātaṅgas, Rākṣasas, Vānaras on hill-tops and forests formed part of the Śabaravidyā. This was a cult involving occult practices like the muttering of śabaramantras and uttering the same through the ear (133.5). It appears that during the 8th century, in the time of Uddyotanasūri, Jaina occult religion and mysticism brought into close touch such practices as Śabaravidyā of which Vidyādhara godlings were considered medium of transmission (133.9-10). The shrine of Ṛṣabhanātha became a centre for performance of sādhanā and for the perfection of Vidyās.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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