Consider the following differences between Alvars and Nayanars saints:

  1. While Alvars were devotees of Vishnu, Nayanars were devotees of Shiva
  2. Both Alvars and Nayanars criticized the caste system

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

Both are correct statements
Alvars were devotees of Vishnu while Nayanars were devotees of Shiva. They were against the traditional Brahminic domination and condemned the caste system. Many Alvar and Nayanar saints like Andal (Alvar) and Karaikal Ammaiyar (Nayanar) composed many songs in praise of Gods and contributed in establishing an egalitarian society.

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