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 […]

Maraimalai Adigal | Tamil Writer, Father of Pure Tamil Movement

Maraimalai Adigal (1876–1950) was a Tamil writer, and he was considered as the father of Tamil Language, who strongly followed the Shaivam sect, and worshipped Lord Muruga and Lord Shiva wholeheartedly. He wrote lot of spiritual books in Tamil. Most of his works are based on the Shaivite philosophy, and about the greatness of Lord […]

Vigyan Bhairav, a Scripture of Kashmiri Shaivism

Vigyan Bhairav is a unique scripture of Kashmiri Shaivism. Only a Yogi or an intellectual can provide the essence of it. The gist of this book is that all this is consciousness and has arisen from consciousness. Dive deep into consciousness through meditation so that every particle of your being is awakened in consciousness. This […]

Why is Lord Shiva worshiped by Shaivites?

Lord Siva is worshipped down the ages as the creator and destroyer of this world. Chanting of the mantra ‘Om Nahma Shivaya’ while offering prayers with Bael or Bilva leaves, Dipa, camphor, sandal-sticks, fresh water, lot of flowers and food to the Lord everyday gives peace of mind, to attain spiritual enlightenment and come out from […]

Shaivism in North India

Shaivism in North India – origin, history & importance of Shaivism in North India… Among the four major sects in Hinduism, Shaivism is the sect which says Lord Shiva is the Supreme of this Universe. The people following Shaivism are known as Shaivas or Shaivites. Mount Kailash, the holy river Ganga, Varanasi Temple and all […]

Role of Shaivism in Hinduism

Lord Shiva

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 […]

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 […]

Lalleshwari, Kashmiri Shaivite Sanyasin

Lalleshwari is a Kashmiri pandit girl who left her marriage to follow or take up the sanyas. She left her life behind to become the student of the Shaivite guru names ‘Siddha Srikantha’. She continued it as the spiritual tradition of Kashmir shaivism known as Tirka. Lalleshwari was regarded as the Kashmiri yogini. Lalla’s greatness […]