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Glossary Many proper names are listed under this glossary with the link reference. These include names of places, people, festivals, organisations, and sacred texts. A Adi Shankara – well-known theologian and founder of the advaita school. Also called Adi Shankaracharya. Advaita – non-dualism, the name of the theology equating the soul with God. Advaitin – […]


ART-0514 Madurai: The Magnificent Meenakshi Temple

Word document download: ART-0514 Madurai is intimately connected to the Shivaite and Shakta traditions (See Teachers’ Pack pages 72, 135, 136). Madurai is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu, and is situated on the banks of the Vaigai River. The Seventeenth Century Meenakshi Temple is in the centre of the town. […]


ART-0503 Chidambaram

Word document download: ART-0503 Chidambaram is most closely related to Shiva in his form as Nataraja (See the Teachers’ Book, pages 48 and 52). Chidambaram Temple is in South India. ‘Cid’ means ‘consciousness’ and ‘ambaram’ means “expanding skies”. ‘Chidambaram’ can be translated as ‘expanding consciousness’. Chidambaram is a home of famous Nataraja, Shiva as the […]