Shivavipra, Śivavipra, Shiva-vipra: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Śivavipra can be transliterated into English as Sivavipra or Shivavipra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Śivavipra (शिवविप्र) 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.—Śiva-vipra learned in the Siddhāntaśāstras should establish and worship the Liṅga for the sake of the welfare and prosperity of the king, the village and the yajamāna. The Śiva-vipra has the right to perform pūjā for both self-benefit as well as for the benefit of others.

The Āgamas also confer on the ādiśāiva, the responsibility of being an inextricable part of the lifecycle of the village. The Śiva-vipra has an important role to play when wild land is settled for purposes of construction of a temple, for village expansion or a new settlement. He performs vāstupūjā, bhūparīkṣā, praveśabali and bhūriparigraha. He also starts the bhūkarṣaṇa by plowing the soil himself and by energizing the farmer with mantras.

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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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