Nataraja, the Panchabuta Lingas, Mookambika, and Meenakshi are some well-known deities in South India.

Do any Hindu scriptures mention them?

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    Yes. We have Halasya (Alavai Madurai) Mahatmya mentioning Meenakshi. Nataraja is also there in the purana, but I don’t know whether the term ‘Natarajar’ is mentioned. If you want the term then probably we’ll need to find the Pundarikapura (Puliyur Chidambaram) Mahatmya
    – Adiyarkku
    Jun 21, 2023 at 11:11
  • But I don't think they are actually Sanskrit scriptures.
    – Boovanaes
    Jul 30, 2023 at 6:33
  • They’re available in Sanskrit as part of the Skanda Purana. Otherwise, by logic, most of the texts that we have today are not entirely original.
    – Adiyarkku
    Jul 30, 2023 at 9:23

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Mookambika is not mentioned in any scripture.

The pancha bhuta lingas are not outlined in detail in any of the Sanskrit scriptures; the idea originates from the Tamil Tevaram.

Meenakshi is mentioned in the Devi Bhagavata Purana, in a chapter about the sacred places of Devi:

The great place of Śrī Guhya Kālī, well established in Nepal, and that of Śrī Mīnākṣī Devī established in Cīdamvaram.

Shiva-the-dancer is mentioned in scripture, but the epithet 'Nataraja' seems to have been used rarely. One example is in the Garga Samhita:

nataṃ kṛtvānana-śataṃ
sthito 'bhūt kṛṣṇa-sammukhe
āruhya tat-phaṇi-śataṃ
nanarta naṭavat kṛṣṇo
naṭa-veṣo manoharaḥ
gāyan sapta-svarai rāgaṃ
saṅgitaṃ ca sa-tālakam
puṣpair deveṣu varṣatsu
tāṇḍave naṭa-rāja-vat
vādayan sa mudā vīṇā-

When the snake's heads were down, handsome Kṛṣṇa climbed on its hundred jewel-decorated hoods. Singing melodies in the seven-note scale and playing the flute, drum, and vīṇā, as the demigods showered flowers, Kṛṣṇa furiously danced, as does Lord Śiva, the king of dancers.

  • Tevaram is a scripture of Tamil-Saivism, fully citable. There is an enormous amount of sectarian citations from other South Indian scripture at HSE. @cdr . Also Mookanbika seems a popular deity who might have a sthala purana, that is scripture too,
    – S K
    Aug 25, 2023 at 19:59
  • @CDR It look like accepted; but i forget to add "expect Arunachala" in the question. Because, i know that this linga have mentioned in Skanda Purana.
    – Boovanaes
    Aug 26, 2023 at 1:33
  • @Boovanaes - I don't understand, can you please clarify?
    – CDR
    Aug 27, 2023 at 15:25

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