Role of Shaivism in Hinduism, what is the role of Shaivism in Hinduism and its growth?
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, the four major oldest sects of Hinduism are Smartism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Each and every sect has its own identity and significance in the religious circuit of Hinduism. It is to be highly noted that the followers of the Shaivism are called as Shiva as the Supreme Being, “Saivites” or “Saivas” or “Shaivas”.
According to local legends and religious experts, Shaivas strongly believe that Lord Shiva is “All and in all” that ius the creator, the preserver, the destroyer, the revealer and the concealer of all that is”. Shaivism is widespread mostly throughout India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Other regions of the world where the traditional and cultural practice of Shaivism are followed are parts of Southeast Asia countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
On this great events and occasion, all the devotees and pilgrims visit the ancient Lord Shiva temple that is near by them with members of the family, relatives and friends. They entirely stay awake the whole night in prayer on this particular day. The Hindus who follow this sect greatly follow all the rules and regulation that was set by the pundits and scholars who belong to the ancient times.
They perform daily rituals and pujas that is dedicated to the Lord with great devotion and dedication toward the almighty. The main festival of this sect is Shivarathri. They also strictly follow the rules and regulation of their sect with great devotion and dedication. They don’t deviate from their Vedic practices and considers doing so is equivalent to committing a sin.