Idaikkadar, Idaikkādar: 2 definitions


Idaikkadar means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (shaivism)

Itaikkādar is the name of Tamiḻ Siddha according to the Koṅgumaṇḍala Satakam.—One of the songs of Koṅgumaṇdala Satakam says that the Siddhar Itaikkādar is hailed from Koṛṛavanūr in the Koṅgu country

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (shaivism)

Iḍaikkādar literally means ‘the Siddha of the pasture forest’. Except his name, nothing is known about his personal biography. There are some speculations regarding his native place. The Abhidānacintāmaṇi (20th century) records two traditions: (i) that Iḍaikkāḍār hailed from Iḍayanttiṭṭu in Toṇḍaimaṇḍalam, and (ii) that he was born at Iḍaikkādu, near Madurai.

Iḍaikkādar authored 130 songs which are highly realistic in tone, set in the form of a dialogue between two shepherds, Tāṇtavakkoṇār and Nārāyaṇakkoṇār. Both of them stress the need for man to understand himself fully and ridicule those whose ignore the Light within and wander with an oil lamp in had only to fail into the deep sea of ignorance.

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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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