Kashmir Shaivism

Robert J. Zydenbos zydenbos at BLR.VSNL.NET.IN
Sun Dec 6 16:34:54 UTC 1998

N. Ganesan wrote:

> In Tantraloka, Abhinavagupta talks of ideas getting into
> Kashmir from kumarikaadviipa (Tamil South).
> Are there any references on the relations, commonalities,
> contrasts between Kashmir and Southern 'Saivisms?

Of course there were contacts between ;Saivas all over South Asia. I
have read of a Virasaiva ;siva;sara.na of the 12th century who is said
to have migrated southward from Kashmir and to have composed vacanas in
Kannada. At the same time, the Virasaivas held the 63 ;Saiva saints of
the Tamil region in high esteem. Some people have written in Kannada on
similarities between Kashmir Saivism and Virasaivism.


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