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Yes, Iyengars are an ofshoot of the Iyers. But Iyer didn't originally mean Smartha Brahmana. Iyer originally just denoted people of the highest jati (subcaste) of the Brahmana varna (caste). Then after the time of Adi Shankaracharya the Smartha philosophy became popular among Iyers. (Smarthas technically worship five gods whom they believe are manifestations ...


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Here is how B. Natarajan explains the numbers 1 through 8 in this excerpt from his translation of Tirumular's Tirumantiram: The One - The Uncreated Eternal Being-Sivam. The Two - Siva/Sakti. Sakti is the dynamic aspect of static Sivam. She confers grace on the Jivas. The Three - Triads are many: Primal Sakti evolves into three subsidiary Saktis: ...


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are there any secular accounts of how Nathamuni compiled the poems of the Alwars? Western Indologists, for instance, presumably don't believe that Nathamuni acquired them by magic, so what do they think he did? The academic / western scholarly opinion is that Nathamuni was an immigrant to South India from North India and spent a lot of time mingling with ...


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I was right about Vitruvakodu being one of the 108 Divya Desams. The reason I couldn't find it initially is that it's more commonly spelled as Vitthuvakodu or Thiruvitthuvakodu. (Thiru means holy and it is commonly added to the names of Divya Desams). Vitthuvakodu is a village in Kerala, and according to this page it is the location of the fampus story ...


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I can't say about poems but you can read about it in Taittiriya Upanishad (I-XI-2) (Tamil Version) '.... मातृदेवो भव । पितृदेवो भव । ......' (तैत्तिरीय उपनिषद्, शिक्षावल्ली, अनुवाक ११, मंत्र २) Matru devo bhava (revere your mother as God) Pitru devo bhava (revere your father as God) In a Hindu family, it is an obligatory religious duty of the children to ...


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The name Iyer or Iyengar did not exist before 300 years. Only Nambi , Mudali etc. Anirudha Birma Rayan in Emperor Raja Raja'a court of Chola empire - 10th century AD - was a vaishnaivite Brahman. Nambi aandar nambi in chola period was a saivite Brahmin. None of the Nayanmars including Appar,sundarar, Sambandhar etc who were Brahmins did not have Iyer ...


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The questions of the OP have been reproduced here. Are only male vanaras monkey like? In all shows and serials wife of vanaras are shown as humans Is there no enounter with humans in South India is Ramayana? Arent vanaras mlechhas since they are not humans? Since only Kshatriyas are allowed to fight are all vanaras kshatriyas? The amount of ...


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Nammalwar's Thiruvaymozhi is equal to Veda in that it too is sruthi. It is considered superior to Veda since it points out the Supreme Being directly and lucidly. This is stated in Acharya Hrudayam, a Manipravalam work written by Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Nayanar. The Vedas, however, are intended for people of all varieties of temperaments and traits, so ...


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Sakkarai Palam Binomial Name : Grewia hirsute Family : [Tiliaceae] May Be something like this, I Found Here


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