Pradhanacarya, Pradhānācārya, Pradhana-acarya: 1 definition

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Introduction:

Pradhanacarya 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Pradhanacharya.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Pradhānācārya (प्रधानाचार्य) refers to the “chief priest” of a Śiva temple, as defined in Śaivāgama literature.—The most important role in the temple is that of the Pradhāna-ācārya, who is termed sarvādhikāri and is an Ādiśaiva Śivācārya. He is assisted by Arcakas (one who performs ‘arc,’ to worship) who are Ādiśaiva initiates, with the appropriate dīkṣā. The Pradhāna-ācārya is the functional head for all the priests and assistants. He is also the spiritual head for everyone else within the temple. Everyone had to be initiated by him in order to render service at the temple. He is in charge of all worship and delegates as necessary to able assistants. He sets the standards for perfection. He is in effect the CEO of the temple.

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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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