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Mulaveda In Vaishnavism

In Hinduism, particularly within the Vaishnavism tradition, the Pancharatra Agamas hold significant importance as foundational texts. These scriptures are considered to be the teachings imparted by the deity Narayana (a form of Vishnu) himself to various sages and rishis such as Nara, Shandilya, Prahlada, and others. The term "Mulaveda" (Moolaveda or Mula Veda or Moola Veda) refers to the Pancharatra Agamas being regarded as the root or fundamental scriptures of Vaishnavism.

The Pancharatra Agamas encompass a wide range of topics including philosophy, theology, rituals, temple construction, deity worship, and moral conduct. They provide detailed instructions on various aspects of religious practice, guiding followers on how to connect with the divine, lead a righteous life, and achieve spiritual progress.

Within the Bhagavata tradition, which emphasizes devotion to Bhagavan (God), these Agamas are particularly revered as they provide insights into the nature of the divine and the path of devotion. The term "Mulaveda" underscores the foundational role these texts play in shaping the beliefs and practices of Vaishnavites, serving as the primary source of spiritual knowledge and guidance.