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The Liṅgāyats, or Vīraśaivas, are a group of ardent worshippers of Lord Śiva who are found primarily in modern Karnataka state and some contiguous districts in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and, to a lesser extent, Tamil Nadu (see Lalitamba, 1976; Rathinasabapathi, 1982). Some ten million strong, they constitute one of Kar…

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Michael, R. Blake, “Liṅgāyats/Vīraśaivas”, 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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