Saiva The spiritual tradition followed by those who worship Shiva as Supreme God. Oldest of the four sects of Hindu Dharma. The earliest historical evidence of Saiva is from the 8,000-year-old Indus Valley civilization in the form of the famous seal of Shiva as Lord Pashupati, seated in a yogic pose. In the Ramayana, Lord Rama worshiped Shiva, as did his rival Ravana. Buddha in 624 bce was born into a Saivite family, and records of his time speak of the Saiva ascetics who wandered the hills looking much as they do today. See: Schools of Saiva.



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