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Listen to an invocation to Lord Shiva as Rudra, the god of turbulent winds and storms, Composed by Jayaram V
Om Namah Sivayah

Shiva Lord Shiva is the most important, most popular, most ancient and most representative God of Hinduism, worshipped in India from the beginning of Hindu civilization. What we know about Shiva is much less than what we do not know. His worship dates back to prehistoric times. While many historians and educated Hindus erroneously credit the Vedic civilization as the main source of Hinduism, the truth is Shaivism is the heart of Hinduism, from which the main concepts of spiritual, ascetic, tantric and ritual traditions of Hinduism emerged.

In the tussle between the Brahmanical religion and Saivism, the latter won decisively. The epic battle was subtly represented in the conflict between Prajapati Daksha and Shiva. The consequence of this confrontation was the decline of the importance of the Vedic gods and the rise of the Saiva pantheon.

Until modern times, Saivism was the most popular sect of Hinduism, a position currently enjoyed by Vaishnavism mainly due to the patronage it receives from the teacher traditions of Brahmanical origin and the propaganda that goes with it. The Brahmanas who trained in Vedic rituals turned to Vaishnavism for their livelihood after the fall of the Vedic deities. In Vishnu they found the sattvic qualities they were looking for, and the purity which hitherto they attributed to Agni, the fire god. 

While in Vaishnavism, Brahmanas invariably officiate as the priests, in Shaivism there is no such restriction. No, I am not bringing this up because I was born in the South, or I have a prejudice against Lord Vishnu, whom I equally adore. I am stating a fundamental truth about Shaivism and the recognition it truly deserves. For the caste ridden Hindu society, Shaivism shows the way to get rid of the caste system and encourage people from all castes to read the Vedas and qualify as temple priests. We dedicate this section on Shaivism to Lord Shiva, our beloved God. Jayaram V




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