Bhatt began gathering palm-leaf manuscripts and making transcripts of aiva
works from libraries and private collections of temple priests at a time when the aiva
Agamas were not well known outside of a small circle of religious practitioners and a few scholars.
Even though Karaikkal Ammaiyar's own practice was focused on a single shrine, that of Tiruvalatikatu, she "builds a detailed iconography that unites the aiva community and links it to the broader Indian traditions surrounding Siva" (p.
As Raman concludes, Ramalinga Atikars vision is a departure from the "emotional empathy" exhibited in the aiva Ithakti of the Periya-Puravatn, and is informed instead by the universalistic ethic engendered in a "mystical empathy for dying beings" (pp.