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One of the two main branches of Śaivism described in the Śaiva Āgamas or Tantras (the other being the mantramārga, or ‘path of mantras’). The atimārga, which is entered on solely in order to attain liberation, is open only to ascetics. It has two divisions, the Pāśupata, and the Lākula, itself a development from within the Pāśupata tradition; both are concerned with Śiva in his wild and terrible form of Rudra.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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