What Is Lingayatism : Religious Identity
Culture , History , Travel and Destinations / March 20, 2018

The terms Lingayatism and Veerashaivism have been used synonymously, but Veerashaivism may refer to the broader Veerashaiva viewpoint, to the historical community now called Lingayats, and to a distinct contemporary Saiva subtradition with Vedic influences. Lingayatism was founded, or revived, by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava and spread by his followers among the Sharanas. Lingayatism is often considered a Hindu sect, sharing beliefs with Indian religions, but it rejects the authority of the Vedas, the caste system, and Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation and karma. Worship is centered on Shiva as the universal god in the iconographic form of Ishtalinga. What are the cultural differences between Lingayats and Brahmins Here are some differences We don’t need to go to Temple to worship, God is within you, in the form of ista linga and consider God is with you always and behave yourself in talking to others where God feel good about your talking. There is no hell or heaven, if you follow lingayath practices (good behavior) then you are a lingayath so, you will meet the god (Eshwara) directly. There is no concept of hell or cycle of birth or death. No need to see horoscope and other things…

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