Virasaiva
Lingayatism, also known as Veerashaivism, is a distinct Shaivite tradition in India, established in the 12th century by the philosopher, statesman and social reformer Basavanna. It makes several departures from mainstream Hinduism and propounds monotheism through worship centered on Lord Shiva in the form of linga or Ishtalinga. It also rejects the authority of the Vedas, the caste system, and some Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation and karma.
The adherents of this faith are known as Lingayats (Kannada: ಲಿಂಗಾಯತರು, Telugu: లింగాయత, Tamil: இலிங்காயதம், Marathi: लिंगायत). The term is derived from Lingavantha in Kannada, meaning 'one who wears Ishtalinga (kan: ಇಷ್ಟಲಿಂಗ) on their body'. Ishtalinga is an oval-shaped emblem symbolising Parasiva, the absolute reality, and is worn on the body by a cord hung around the neck. A linga, on the other hand, is found inside a temple.
Contemporary Lingayatism is a rich blend of progressive reform-based theology propounded by Basava and ancient Shaivite tradition and customs, with huge influence among the masses in South India, especially in the state of Karnataka. Today, Lingayats, along with Shaiva Siddhanta followers, Kashmiri Shaivites, Naths, Pashupaths of Nepal, Kapalikas and others, constitute the major portion of the Shaivite population.

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Panchacharyas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The tradition of Virasaiva sect was founded by five ascetics- Revana, Marula, Ekorama, Panditaradhya, Vishwaradhya- who are held to have sprung from the five ...
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Virasaiva, Saivism, Lingayat Saivism, about saivism, Lingayat
Virasaiva or Lingayat Saivism 1. The Virasaiva or Lingayata movement was developed by Basava a minister of the Chalukya king Bijjala Raya of Kalyana (1157-68 AD).
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The Virasaiva Religion - Shaivam.org
As Virasaiva Religion is a section of the main Saiva Religion, it is right that something should be said of Virasaiva Religion whenever anything is spoken of ...
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Vira Saivism - Hinduism Today Magazine
Of this practice, Thavathiru Shantalinga Ramasamy of Coimbatore recently said, " I can say that Vira Saiva worship is the best form of worship because Sivalinga ...
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Religion and Social System of the Virasaiva Community: (Contributions to the Study of Anthropology) [Dan A. Chekki] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on ...
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Vira saiva | Define Vira saiva at Dictionary.com
Sanskrit, equivalent to vīra man + śaiva votary of Shiva. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Work as Worship in Virasaiva Tradition - Journal of the American ...
The Virasaiva-s, a South Indian bhakti group, have often invited com- parison with ... suggests avenues for future research into Virasaiva vocational behavior, but.
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THE ORIGINS OF VIRASAIVA SECTS - Exotic India
About the Book: Origins of the Virasaiva Sects is probably the most thorough exploration of Virasaivism available in any language except Kannada. Already, the ...
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The Philosophy and Ethics of the Virasaiva Community
This important book presents the quintessence of the Virasaiva philosophy as revealed in the dialogues of the Virasaiva philosophers and revolutionary mystics  ...
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RELIGION AND SOCIAL SYSTEM OF THE VIRASAIVA ... - JStor
God and "Virasaiva" is so called because of the "heroic" (veera) attitude and behavior as well as the intense devotion of the followers of Virasaivism in defending ...
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The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions
Department of Global and International Studies University of California Mark Juergensmeyer Professor of Sociology and Director, Santa Barbara, 2006
the Naths, the beliefs and practices of the Virasaivas seem to derive in part from those of Saiva cults, especially the Pasupatas and Kalamukhas. The chief founder of the Virasaiva movement was a Brahman named Basava, who lived in the ...
Revolution of the Mystics: On the Social Aspects of Vīraśaivism
Jan Peter Schouten, 1995
One of the most fascinating episode in the religious history of Southern India is the rise of the Virasaiva movement.
Encyclopaedia of the Śaivism
Swami Parmeshwaranand, 2004
In addition to 'Kayaka' and 'Shistachara', there are eight 'aids' in the Virasaiva faith, known as 'Astavarnas' meaning 'eight coverings' for, or emblems of, a Virasaiva devotee. There are Guru, Lingo, Jangama, Vibhuti, Rudraksi, Padodaka, ...
The Bhakti Movement and the Status of Women: A Case Study of ...
Leela Mullatti, 1989
Virasaiva widows have as many socio-religious rights as a widower has. For instance, a widow can attend all religious functions and also re-marry just as a widower can. During the ritual bath of a marrying couple, a widowed mother is called ...
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THE Virasaiva RELIGION. *[* A paper read before the Saiva Siddhanta Conference at Ramnad, December 1910, byMr.
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education plus: Virasaiva or Lingayat Saivism
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Poetry Chaikhana Blog » Basava – The pot is God
The pot is a God by Basava English version by A. K.
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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra: Panchacharyas
According to popular view, and one backed by historical and literary evidence, the Lingayat or Veerashaiva sect was founded by thePanchacharyas or the Five great Prophets. This view however, is in the realm of mythology and is supported by historical and literary evidence those are available at Allahabad High Court and Jangamwadimath of Kashi.
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The Wondering Minstrels: Vacana #105 -- Basavanna
Guest poem submitted by Deepak Ramachandran: (Poem #1777) Vacana #105 A snake-charmer and his noseless wife, snake in hand, walk carefully trying to read omens for a son's wedding, but they meet head-on a noseless woman and her snake-charming husband, and cry 'The omens are bad!' His own wife has no nose; there's a snake in his hand. What shall I call such fools who do not know themselves and see only the others, O lord of the meeting rivers! -- Basavanna (Translated from Kannada by A.
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Vacana of BetweenEye of Horus, Tounge of Siva, Feet of Asir(Isis), Hands of Vishnumind of Thoth, heart of Hanuman(ode the the Virasaiva, Kannada and Sanskrit poets )You spirit of betweenyouthe unmediated vision,'the unconditioned act, the unpredictable experienceThe Virasaiva saints -- unlike exponents of other kinds of Hinduism, and like other bhakti movements in India -- do not believe that religion is something one is born into. An orthodox Hindu believes a Hindu is born, not made.
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F O R LIBRARYFrom JEERAGE K. BASAVAPPA, B. A, 2, Cottonpet, Bangalore City.South India.
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Om Veda Purana: Chapter VII VIRASAIVISM AND KASHMIR SAIVISM
Chapter VII VIRASAIVISM AND KASHMIR SAIVISM Virasaivism Virasaiva philosophy is only Sakti Visishtadvaita philosophy. It is a phase of Agamanta.
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A site for bibliophiles like me. "The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them." (by Kanti Burns)
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