Shivavakkiyar, Śivavākkiyar: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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

Śivavākkiyar considered to be most rebellious among the Tamil Siddhas, who often ridiculed the established traditions, brahmanical authorities, temple rituals, caste divisions and other social inequalities. He was an eminent philosopher known for his montheistical treatise Śivavākkiyam, in which he has attacked and exposed the Hindu religion, and its concomitant superstitions.

Many scholars identified Śivavākkiyar with Tirumalisai Ālvār, one of the twelve Ālvārs of the Tamil Vaiṣṇava pantheon. The latter says that he was once a Jaina, then a Buddhist, then a Śaiva and lastly became a convert to Vaiṣṇavism. Many scholars concluded that Śivavākkiyar belonged to the 10th century, or still earlier.

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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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