Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Arcāvatāra

  • Sudhakshina RangaswamiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_627-1

The confluence of the philosophy and practices of the two scriptural traditions of the Vedas (Nigama) and the Āgamas within Hinduism (Sanātana Dharma) has been a slow process of resistance and assimilation over the centuries, but without doubt their integration has in no small measure contributed to the resilience and continuing appeal of its religious traditions. The singular feature of this convergence that stands out because of its immense popularity is the shift of the worship of the Supreme Being (Para Brahman) from the amūrta (formless) to the mūrta (with form) (Venkatachari [1]. This is also a shift from sacrifices in which the offering is made to the deities through Agni to the Arca form described in the Āgamas (Henceforth K.K.A.V.).), i.e., in image form in temples and in homes, which is known as Arcāvatāra (Arca) – a manifestation of a deity in the form of an image to be worshipped after consecration with prescribed rituals, in which the Vedic mantrasare incorporated into...

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References

  1. 1.
    Venkatachari KKA (2006) Śrīvaiṣṇavism-An Insight. Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute, Mumbai, pp 99–100Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Varadachary V (2001) Pāñcarātrāgama. TTD, Tirupati, pp 69–123Google Scholar

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  1. 1.Independent ScholarFort WashingtonUSA