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A comprehensive history of Śaivasiddhānta in TamilnaduFunding Agency(ies):French Institute of PondicherryPrincipal Investigator(s):Dr. T. GanesanStart Date : 2007Contact Email :ganesan@ifpindia.org Axis 2. of the Indology Department /   Objectives:  

The Saivasiddhanta is one of the ancient religio-philosophical systems. It was wide spread in many parts of India as well as in many countries of the South-East Asia since the first millennium. It is still very much in practice--both in private and in public—in Tamilnadu. In the course of its spread and development since the second millennium in the Tamil country, many texts have been composed in the form of commentaries, elucidations and manuals dealing with rituals and philosophical doctrines. The French Institute of Pondicherry possesses a rich collections of such texts, composed in Sanskrit and Tamil, in the form of manuscripts.

A detailed analytical study of all the available works of different important Saiva authors that lived in Tamilnadu is undertaken highlighting their contributions for the historical development of Saivasiddhanta in the domain of rituals and doctrines.

Materials and methods:  

The available manuscripts of the Sukshmagama housed in the prestigious UNESCO Memory of the World collection of the French Institute of Pondicherry is the basic resource for the project.

The fundamental aim of this programme is to analytically study all the available works of different important Saiva authors that lived in Tamilnadu with a view to highlight their contributions for the development and spread of Saivasiddhanta principles.

Main outputs:

Staff ( IFP & External )

GANESAN T., Head of the Department

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