Aghora Śivācārya

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Aghora Sivacarya, Aghora ZivAcArya, Aghora shivaacaarya

Śaivism is a very ancient order that is rooted in the Vedas and Āgamas. It has had contributions from a galaxy of mystics and writers. An important teacher often quoted, especially by the Traśaiva writers, is Aghora Śivācārya, a pontiff of the Āmardaka monastery at Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) who probably lived in the 11th-12th cent. A. D.

Aghora Śivācārya is reputed to have written a detailed commentary on Tattva-prakāśa of King Dhārā of Bhoja, refuting the highly monastic interpretations of an earlier commentator Srikumāra. Another work attributed to him is Mrgendrāgama-vrtti-dipikā, a commentary on the famous Śaivāgama, Mrgendrāgama. He is credited with the authorship of several other works including

  • Aghora-śivapaddhati
  • Tattvasangraha
  • Mahotsavanidhi.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore