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Melmaruvathur Movement
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Ātiparācakti (Skt. Ādiparāśakti; “The Primordial, Supreme Energy/Power”) of Melmaruvathur is a local deity whose popularity has increased dramatically in the last two decades, but who is still mainly known in South India. Like many other deities, she, too, has become a transnational goddess when devotees moved to other parts of the wor…

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Narayanan, Vasudha, “Melmaruvathur Movement”, 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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