Saivism is essentially a religion in itself although for various reasons, it has been included as a major sect of Hinduism. Historically, it is as ancient as the Vedic or the Brahminical tradition. It has a long history, many subsects and schools of philosophy. It also has some historical affinity with Buddhism, at least in the initial phases. The following articles provide basic but important information on the various aspects of Saivism and the worship of Siva. For more detailed information on the individual aspects of Shiva and each sect of Savism, we request you to check the links available in the next column.
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