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Umāpati Śivācārya


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(early 14th century ce)

A Śaiva Siddhāntin, who was a priest at the Cidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu. A number of works are attributed to him, including a wide-ranging poem on Śiva Naṭarāja performing his ānandatāṇḍava (‘dance of bliss’) at Cidambaram, the Kuñcitāṅghristava (‘Hymn of Praise to the Curved Foot’), and Kōyil Purāṇam, a Tamil version of the 12th-century sthalapurāṇa text, the Cidambara Māhātmya, a bhāṣya on a Śaiva Siddhānta Āgama, the Pauṣkara, and an anthology from the Āgamas, the Śataratnasaṃgraha (‘Collection of a Hundred Jewels’). See also Koṭikkavi.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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