Shaivite Hinduism Explained

Monistic Theism with Pluralistic Theism compared

There are two Śaiva Siddhāṅta schools: pluralistic theism, in the lines of Aghoraśiva and Meykandar, and Tirumular’s monistic theism. While differing slightly, they share a religious heritage of belief, culture and practice. In South India, their points of agreement are summarized as guru, preceptor; Linga, holy image of Śiva; saṅga, fellowship of devotees; and valipadu, ritual worship.

Kailāśa Paramparā - Himalayan Lineage

Nātha means “lord or adept,” and sampradāya refers to a living theological tradition. Today two main Nātha streams are well known: the Nandinātha Sampradāya, made famous by Maharishi Nandinātha (ca 250 bce), and the Ādinātha Sampradāya, carried forth by Siddha Yogi Gorakshanātha (ca 900).Kailāśa Paramparā honors the illustrious Rishi Tirumular and his generations of successors.