Other Websites

Shaivam org

The word Shaivam refers to “associated with shiva”. Also known as Shaivism. www.shaivam.org is dedicated to the worship of lord Shiva – the God.
It is meant to be a tool for understanding and practicing the way of Bliss. The spirit of this site is in the Vedas, Shivagamas and Thirumurais.

Himalayan Academy – Kauai’s Hindu Monastery

Once in a while on this Earth there arises a soul who, by living his tradition rightly and wholly, perfects his path and becomes a light to the world. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001) was such a being, a living example of awakening and wisdom, a leader recognized worldwide as one of Hinduism’s foremost ministers. He hailed from the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s Kailasa Parampara, a line of gurus dating back 2,200 years, and passed the continuity on to his successor, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, who now heads the monastery and all of its activities worldwide, including Saiva Siddhanta Church, Himalayan Academy Publications, Hinduism Today magazine and Hindu Heritage Endowment.

Tirumandiram

Tirumandiram (or Thirumandiram) written by the Yoga Siddhar Tirumular (or Thirumoolar) in Tamil, in more than three thousand verses, probably between the 4th and 6th centuries A.D., is the oldest and most important text of Yoga from south India, It is a work of Yoga, tantra, mysticism, mantra, kundalini and monistic theism. The 12th century philosophical school of Saiva Siddhantha traces its origins to it.

Tamil Virtual University

The Tamils living in different parts of the world, in order to preserve their cultural identity and observe their traditions and values, need to maintain familiarity with Tamil and be knowledgeable about their heritage.Recognising this fact and for meeting the felt and emerging needs of the Tamil Communities and others interested in Tamil studies, the Chief Minister of the Government of Tamil Nadu, announced at an International Seminar and Conference on Information Technology in February 1999 that a Tamil Virtual University (TVU) would be setup.This University has been established in pursuance of that announcement. The functions of TVA are guided by a Board of Directors and is administered by a full time Director. Now, its name has been changed as Tamil Virtual Academy.

Thirumanthiram by Thirumoolar

A good source for Tirumandiram but in tamizh.

Basics of Saivam

An excellent blog with very good content in english. Especially in explaining the basics of saiva siddantam and its history.

Dharisanam

Tamil Nadu, the land of temples, is home to thousands of Shiva temples. Each and every temple has its own legend and historical significance associated with it. Among them, the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Temples, where the Devaram Hymns were rendered, are greatly revered.
Devaram hymns were rendered by three great Saiva Poet-Saints and scholars – Thirugnanasambanthar, Thirunavukkarasar (Appar) and Sundaramurthy Nayanar (Sundarar). These “Devara Moovars” graced these temples with their presence and rendered Pathigams (hymns) praising the lord at these temples.
This website tries to provide accurate information about the Devara Sthalams I have visited so far – the exact location, legend, uniqueness and contact details of temple authorities.

Religion of the Agamas

One of the best explanations of the Saiva Agamas in a clear, concise and logical manner. This is an explanation by Meykandar on Saiva Siddantam. Chapter 11 and 13 form the basis and it’s beautiful reading how he deconstructs the entire concepts of organised religions and reveals The Truth behind the saiva agama principles. Meykandar is famous for the Potter, pot and the mud analogy to explain Saivam.

Million gods

For those who believe, a million gods look down upon them from the heaven, protecting, listening and answering their prayers. For others on the earthly abodes, the gods can be historic, artistic and cultural treasure troves which have travelled through time as mute spectators to the evolution of the modern world. ‘The travellers guide to the temples of tamil nadu’ is divided district wise and will gradually cover all the 32 districts of tamil nadu. this is an ongoing process and one can expect to see a lot of additions on a day to day basis.

India Facts

We are a media platform for empirical, fact-based, and data driven analyses of the increasingly negative gaze on Hindus and Hinduism.
We publish both incisive commentaries and scholarly analyses of what and how the media and academia portray the life, work, attitudes, and behaviors of Hindus, and what they say about the nature and thrust of Hindu thought and contributions to the world. We also organize conferences, webinars and talks by scholars, activists, and writers.

Maria Wirth

Maria Wirth is a German and came to India on a stop over (that’s at least what she thought) on her way to Australia after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She visited the Ardha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in April 1980 where she met Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba, two renowned saints. With their blessing she continued to live in India and never went to Australia…
She dived into India’s spiritual tradition, sharing her insights with German readers through articles and books.
For long, she was convinced that every Indian knows and treasures his great heritage. However, when in recent years, she noticed that there seemed to be a concerted effort to prevent even Indians (and the world) from knowing how valuable this ancient Indian heritage is, she started to point out the unique value of Indian tradition also in English language and shares them on this blog.

WisdomLib

Welcome to Wisdom Library.This is a place of knowledge and wisdom, but not of silence. Here you can find a large and ever expanding collection of Books, Articles, Essay’s, Hymns and much more. I will do my best to suit everyone with the best tools needed for extensive research on subjects such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Ancient History, Philosophy, Christianity etc…

Thevaaram.org

A wonderful resource for the hymns of the 12 tirumurais. The content is available in Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, English and Tamizh. Also, effort has been made to include the video of the temples about/in which the tirumurai has been sung. They also contain the transliteration of the hymns in multiple indic and international languages for the benefit of all. The website seems to be maintained by The Dharmapuram Aadheenam.