Rudra Sampradaya

Vishnuswami was a saint and the founder of the Rudra Sampradaya. He was born in a wealthy family, and he belongs to Brahmin community. The Rudra Sampradaya is based on the Vaishnava Sampradaya, who mainly worships Lord Vishnu and his avatars as the supreme deities. According to Rudra Sampradaya, Lord Shiva had got the divine […]

Nimbarka Sampradaya (Hamsa Sampradaya)

The Nimbarka Sampradaya also popularly known as the Hamsa Sampradaya, is a Vaishnava Sampradaya. It was founded by Sri Nimbarka, a 7th century saint, and this sampradaya is based on dvaita and advaita philosophies. The teachings of this sampradaya are based on becoming a part of the god, and not becoming a part of the […]

Nandinatha Sampradaya

Nandinatha Sampradaya is formed mainly for propagating the holiness of Lord Shiva amongst the masses, and for cultivating the habit of doing meditation and yoga by the people. It is also related with the Nath Sampradaya. The present pontiff of the Nandinatha Sampradaya is Bodhinatha Veylanswami. This sect is very popular among Tamil Hindus. The […]

Lingayatism (Veerashaivism): Lingayat sect in South India

Basaveshwara Founder of Lingayat sect

The lingayat sect is one of the most ancient and celebrated cults of South India based on the faith and worship of Shiva in the form of Lingam. The lingayat sect is also well known as “VeeraShaivism” with its distinct Shaivite tradition. The founder of the lingayat sect was “Basavanna” – a social reformer and […]

Significance of Shaivism

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 […]

Adinath Sampradaya: Significance

“Nath” is a Sanskrit word from Hindu Tradition which means “Protector, Lord or Refuge”. The origin of word “Adinath” is also a Sanskrit word however it refers to the Original Lord. In Hindu Religion, Lord Shiva is considered to be the original Lord. Lord Shiva is also known by other names such as Maheshvara or […]