"Shaivism is rooted in hoary antiquity. It has both vedic and agamic roots.
Kashmir was a centre of Shaiva worship and Pashupata cult. A philosophical renaissance was
brought forth by concrete monism of Kashmir Shaivism or Praiyabhijna Shaivism. This in
turn was the result of the churning of the Agamic traditions prevalent in Kashmir.
Gradually many cults cropped up including the Karma Tantrism. The greatest of the Shaiva
philosophers Abhinavgupta attempted to reconcile the metaphysical diversity by relating it
to the diversity of spiritual experience.
Shaivism in Kashmir had deep impact on art, architecture, and society while
pratyabhijna Shaivism developed a unique theory of aesthetics which is still held in the
highest esteem by national and international scholars."
List of Plates
2. Historiography in Kashmir Shaivism
5. History and Philosophy of Shaivism and Shaiva Sects in Kashmir before 9th Century
6. History and Philosophy of Pratyabhijna System
7. Krama Tantricism of Kashmir and its Social Impact
8. Impact of Kashmir and its Social Impact
9. Impact of Shaivism on Art and Architecture of Kashmir
Chronological Table of Rulers and Scholars