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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study (shaivism)

Shiva Temple may be like the shape of Kailasa, Meru, Mandara, Himalaya, Nishadhadri, Niladri and Mahendra. The person who builds a Shiva temple in stone gets eternal merits attains the four fold Purushartha—dharma, artha, kama and mukti and attains the abode of Shiva. If a person repairs the old temple or deserted temple or dilapidated temple and builds prakara, mandapa and gopura also attains great merits.

Service at Shiva-temples:—Various are the modes of service at the Shiva-temple; they include giving bath to linga, offering a flag, bell, arranging beautiful designs, sweeping and sprinkling the temple and the courtyard, plastering, taking away the used up flowers and wreaths, waving of lamps and lights and placing a dripping water-jar above the linga. [...]

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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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