The oldest of the four major sects of Hinduism is Shaivism and the other sects are Smartism, Shaktism and Vaishnavism. The followers of the Shaivism are known as Shiva as the Supreme Being, “Saivites” or “Saivas” or “Shaivas”.
According to Hindu religious pundits and scholars, 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.
Throughout India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, Shaivism is widespread mostly. Other areas of the world where the practice of Shaivism are practiced are parts of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
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 pujas and rituals that is dedicated to the Lord with great devotion and dedication toward the almighty.
The main festival of this sect is Shivarathri. On this great occasion, all the devotees visit the ancient temple that is close by them with members of the family, relatives and friends. They stay awake the whole night in prayer on this occasion.
The priest of the temple performs all types of pujas and rituals according to the Vedic practices plus rules and regulation of the ancient Hindu culture. People of this sect are strict followers of the tradition and culture of Shaivism. They understand the religious value of their sect and be within the limit of their rules and regulations.