Is Devadiga community identifies itself with the religious thoughts of Lingayats?

The Hangal Math established Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha and as far back as 1940 passed a resolution saying Lingayats were not Hindus.

The Karnataka governments decision to accord Lingayats a separate religion status is therefore a response to a long pending demand.

Lingayatism is a distinct Shaivite religious tradition in India. It rejects the authority of the Vedas, the caste system and some Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation and karma. Worship is centered on Lord Shiva as the universal God in the iconographic of Ishtalinga.The Hangal Math established Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha and as far back as 1940 passed a resolution saying Lingayats were not Hindus. The Karnataka governments decision to accord Lingayats a separate religion status is therefore a response to a long pending demand.

Lingayatism is a distinct Shaivite religious tradition in India. It rejects the authority of the Vedas, the caste system and some Hindu beliefs such as reincarnation and karma. Worship is centered on Lord Shiva as the universal God in the iconographic of Ishtalinga.I think the Devadiga community identifies itself with the religious thought of Lingayats as enumerated above.

I am therefore wanting to stir the conscience of our members and debate on the issue of embracing Lingayat religion in the wake of the new development in Karnataka which has granted them minority status. Lingayats are already 16% of Karnataka population and our embracing the religion will only add strength to the Lingayat population.

Shaiva Siddhantha followers, Tirunelveli Saiva Pillai, Nadar, Naths, Pashupatinath and Kapadia’s constitute the Shaiva population in other parts of India.

Yours truly,

Navin Ullal, Mumbai;

 

 


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