Themes In Indian History - Important Questions

Book: Themes In Indian History - Important Questions

Chapter: 6. Bhakti-Sufi Traditions

Subject: History - Class 12th

Q. No. 4 of Short Answer (3 Marks)

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How did Karaikkal Ammaiyar become the greatest figure of Nayanar tradition?

Karaikkal Ammaiyar was a devotee of Shiva who followed the path of extreme ascetism. She did not join any religious order or become nun. This challenged the patriarchal norms because she was a free woman who had renounced her social obligations. Her compositions were preserved within the Nayanar tradition and made her one of its greatest figures.


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