2nd April, 2021 Culture
Context: PM bows to His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu on his Jayanti. He was a Lingayat religious figure.
- Lingayatism is a Shaivite Hindu religious tradition in India.
- Initially known as Veerashaivas, since the 12th century adherents of this faith are known as Lingayats.
- Lingayatism was founded, or revived by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava in Karnataka.
- Lingayatism is generally considered a Hindu sect as their beliefs include many Hindu elements.
- Worship is centered on Shiva as the universal god in the iconographic form of Ishtalinga.
- Lingayatism emphasises qualified monism, with philosophical foundations similar to those of the 11th–12th-century South Indian philosopher Ramanuja.
- Lingayatism rejects any form of social discrimination including the caste system.