Shaivacarya, Śaivācārya, Shaiva-acarya: 1 definition


Shaivacarya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Śaivācārya can be transliterated into English as Saivacarya or Shaivacarya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shaivacharya.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Śaivācārya (शैवाचार्य) is synonymous with Ādiśaiva: the title of an important priest in the Śaiva temple.—The Ādiśaiva is a central part of temple worship as prescribed by the Āgama canon. He is held up as priest, preceptor and philosopher.—Historically, the Śivācāryas were heads of four large śaiva mutts—Āmardaka, Raṇabhadra, Kolagiri and Puṣpagiri. Over time, the disciples of the four mutts spread all over the subcontinent, establishing eighteen other Śaiva mutts.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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