The Trika School - A Religio-Philosophical Emergence
Keywords:Trika, Pratyabhijna, Religion, Philosophy, Kashmir
The worship of Śiva as a deity was the dominant form of theistic and religious devotion which flowed through Kashmir to other parts of India from the first century BC. The Trika school is an idealistic monistic and theistic school of philosophy in Śaivism, that originated in the ninth century C.E. in Kashmir. The paper attempts to elucidate the historical development of Trika school along with the idiosyncratic and unique philosophy of the school. It further endeavours to explain the enthralling development of this particular school which can best be understood from a religio-philosophical context. The study employs textual analysis as the research method to analyze and present the development and distinct nature of the Trika school.
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