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Saiva Religion (A belief system that places Lord Shiva as the Supreme God) and Tamil language completely inter-related. Tamil grew with the Saiva Bakthi movement from the 6th century onwards, and many magnificent Shiva temples were being built in South India and other parts of India.
There was no caste system in Saiva Tamil literature and hence no untouchability.
Thiru Moolar, one of the great Tamil saints had said:
The Nayanars lived about 1500 years ago in the Tamil-majority area of south India. Their Saiva religious writings come under Tamil Tirumurai. They immensely contributed to Bhakthi literature and Saiva Religion. They conducted debates with Buddhists and Jains and defeated them. In this manner, they brought back Buddhists and Jains back to the Saiva Religion.