Oduvar, Oduvār: 1 definition


Oduvar 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)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Oduvār is a title given to those attending or assisting upacāras and are employed in Śiva temples. Oduvārs are also called “tiruppadiyam pāḍuvār”. There are records of land grants to those who sang the Devāram at the temple. Inscriptions in the Abirāmeśvara Temple, Tiruvāmāttur, Villuppuram Taluk (SII 8.749), records grant made to a certain Rājarājapiccan and his descendants who are then bound to sing the Devāra Tiruppadigams at the temple during the three sandhis.

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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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