Time cause changes
- Jai JinendraDear Dharmabandhvon,
Old (wave) gives into new; that is the course of nature- Tolkappiyam
When the so called bhakti movement swept the land of south more particularly, Tamil Nadu, there was the need to accommodate popular names with equivalent so that people slowly get used to the change. Thus have born the following:
Old names or usage new equivalents
Sramana(n) or samana(n) saravana(n)
Arugata (food) saiva
When one travels the rural side in Tamil Nadu, one comes across villages with names like Arugavur (the village of Aruga = Arhat), Mummani (= Ratnatraya) though the inhabitants are no longer Jains (though their ancestors were perhaps). Similarly, I came across a village near Lucknow called chaubisi, clearly reminding the 24 Tirthankar parampara.
The five-storeyed structure Qutub Minar clearly reminds the similarity with that of Meru parvat.
No wonder, our ancestors were very enthusiastic in preserving the values of religion in every walk of life and kept the caste system away in matters of religion. Alas! At last, this did not last.
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