Samayācāryas

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Samayacaryas, SamayAcAryas, Samayaacaaryas


Samayācāryas literally means ‘teachers of Śiva tradition’.

Śaivism is a very ancient religion or sect of India. The sixty-three Nāyanmārs[1] of Tamil Nadu and also the Śivaśaraṇas of Karnataka are its prominent teachers. The four most important ācāryas or teachers of Tamil Śaivism are generally known as Samayācāryas.[2] They are:

  1. Appar
  2. Jñānasambandhar
  3. Sundara-mūrti
  4. Māṇikkavācagar

Samayamata is another name for Samayācāra.

References

  1. Nāyanmārs means ‘servants of God'.
  2. They are the ‘teachers who knew the samaya or tradition, best’.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore