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1) The period between the Sangam Age and the Pallavas — the second to the sixth centuries CE — were trying times for Tamil literature and the Hindu religion. What happened during this time? How did the arrival of Bhakti movement help in revival of Tamil culture and literature? Examine.

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1) The period between the Sangam Age and the Pallavas — the second to the sixth centuries CE — were trying times for Tamil literature and the Hindu religion. What happened during this time? How did the arrival of Bhakti movement help in revival of Tamil culture and literature? Examine. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

Sangam, Bhakti and Sufi are important topics for Mains. Relation between Sangam and Bhakti traditions, and their impact on society and culture are even more important. This topic is in our static list. 

Key demand of the question:

You should first discuss the statement given in the question i.e. examining the first part of the question itself. Then answer how arrival of Bhakti helped Tamil literature and culture in their revival.  

Directive Word:

Examine– With good, relevant examples, write facts and concepts that are being demanded by the question. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write about the significance of Bhakti tradition for India’s art and culture, especially for Tamil in 1-2 lines. You may write a line about Sangam literature too (contrast it with Bhakti tradition)

In the body, in TWO Mains parts address question’s demand. In first part, write about arrival of Buddhism and Jain traditions in Tamil regions and their impact of Tamil literature and culture. Also write about demise of Sangam tradition and its impact.  In the Second part write about form and impact of Bhakti tradition on Tamil literature and culture. 

In the conclusion, write how Bhakti tradition has not lost its relevance even today in Tamil society.  

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