Dharmakarta, Dharma-karta, Dharmakartā: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Dharmakartā (धर्मकर्ता) refers to the “supervisor” working at Śiva temples, according to [medieval] temple inscriptions and Śaivāgamas.—The “Devakaṉmi” or “Dharmakartā” carried out all legal transactions for the temple and supervised the affairs of the temple. [...] The temple had an accountant (kaṇakku) and a supervisor or manager (dharmakarta, devakaṉmi) to look after the affairs of the temple. In large temples, there was also the treasury (bhaṇḍāra) keeper who received daily, all the endowed material measured out to the temple by various parties, like ghee, milk, oil, etc.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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