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Arumuga Navalar
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Arumuga Navalar (Āṟumuka Nāvalar, 1822-1879) was the most important religious leader for sustaining the Śaiva Siddhānta traditions in the 19th century among Tamils in the Jaffna Peninsula in the north of Sri Lanka. Navalar’s efforts are often referred to as "Hindu revivalism” (Young & Jebanbesan, 1995) or “Hindu renaissance” (Hudson, 1992), while others have argued that i…

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Jacobsen, Knut A., “Arumuga Navalar”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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