Smartism
The Smarta Tradition (also known as Smarta Sampradaya, and also spelled Smartha) is an orthodox Hindu "family tradition" or sect composed of Brahmins, which follows Panchayatana. The term Smarta is u...
Nitya karma
Nitya karma refers to those karmas (or rituals) which have to be performed daily by Hindus. The Hindu Shastras say that not performing nitya karmas leads to sin. The nitya karmas include:Nitya Karma ...
Kaamya karma
Kaamya karmas refer to those karmas (or rituals) in Hinduism which are performed with a specific objective. Unlike nitya karmas, the shastras do not require daily or regular observance of these ritual...
Shrauta
Śrauta (Devanagari श्रौत) traditions are conservative ritualistic traditions of the historical Vedic religion in Hinduism, based on the body of Śruti literature. They are still practiced in India tod...
Shastras
"Śāstra" (शास्त्र) is Sanskrit for "rules" in a general sense. The word is generally used as a suffix in the context of technical or specialized knowledge in a defined area of practice; e.g. Bhautika ...
Ayyavazhi
Ayyavazhi (Tamil: அய்யாவழி, Malayalam: അയ്യാവഴി Ayyāvaḻi [əjːaːvəɻi], "Path of the father") is an Henotheistic belief that originated in South India. It is cited as an independent monistic ...
Yajna
In Hinduism, Yagna (Sanskrit: यज्ञ; IAST: yajña, also transliterated yagya, Yagna or yadnya) or yagam (Tamil: யாகம்), is a ritual of offerings accompanied by chanting of Vedic mantras (also...
Thuvayal Thavam
Thuvayal Thavam, an act of ritual washing of one's physique and clothes along with practice of self-abnegation and self-restraint, was a practice in the religion Ayyavazhi, following the rules and reg...
Vadama
Vadama (Tamil: வடமா) meaning "Northerners" are a sub-sect of the Iyer community of Tamil Brahmins. While some believe that their name is an indication of the fact that they were the most recent Br...
Swamithope
Swamithope (alternate spelling Swamithoppe) is the name of a town that lies southeast of the City of Nagercoil, the capital of the District of Kanyakumari in the State of Tamil Nadu, at the extreme so...
Vathima
Vathima are a subsect of Iyers from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Being Iyers, they are all Pancha Dravida Brahmins of the Smartha sect who follow the Advaita philosophy propounded by Adi Shankarach...
Thiru Edu-Vasippu
Thiru Edu-Vasippu is the Indian ayyavazhi festival of melodiously reading the contents of Akilattirattu Ammanai, celebrated in Pathis and Nizhal Thangals. It is read for periods of three days, five da...
Panchayatana puja
Panchayatana puja (IAST Pañcāyatana pūja) is the system of worship ('puja') in the Smarta sampradaya of Hinduism. It is said to have been introduced by Adi Shankara, the 8th century CE Hindu philosoph...
Shanmata
Shanmata (IAST Ṣaṇmata) is the system of worship, believed by the Smarta tradition to have been founded by Adi Shankara, the 8th century CE Hindu philosopher. It centers around the worship of the six ...
Vakaippathi
Vakaippathi, one among the Panchappathis is a holy site for the People of Ayyavazhi. Vakaippathi is the place situated 4 km northeast to Kanyakumari in the seashore near vattakkotai. This is the ...
The Final Judgement to Kroni
In Ayyavazhi mythology, the Nadutheerpu (Tamil: நடுத்தீர்ப்பு) is the Final Judgement from which Kroni, the primordial Manifestation of Evil was sentenced to hell. During this judgement, his unlaw...
Jnaneshwari Peeth
Jnaneshwari Peetha is the religious and spiritual headquarters (matha) of the Smartha sect of Daivajna community of India. It is located at Karki, Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. The present p...
Thuvayal Thavasu
Thuvayal Thavasu, literally washing penance, was a significant religious event that took place in the 19th century. It was also called as thuvayal panthi. (panthi means an arrangement of people in a r...
Vedic chant
The oral tradition of the Vedas (Śrauta) consists of several pathas, "recitations" or ways of chanting the Vedic mantras. Such traditions of Vedic chant are often considered the oldest unbroken oral t...
Vaikunda Malai
The Vaikunda Malai (Tamil:வைகுண்ட மலை) is a hill which is part of the Mahendragiri Hills situated near Athala vilai of Kanyakumari district in the Western Ghats of India. This hill has religious impor...
Shamanism in Ayyavazhi
Shamanism is in practice in Ayyavazhi right from the period of Vaikundar. At present certain people who are considered to be posed by the divine power use to perform shamanism in many Ayyavazhi worshi...
Rigvedic deities
There are 1028 hymns in the Rigveda, most of them dedicated to specific deities.Indra, a heroic god, slayer of Vrtra and destroyer of the Vala, liberator of the cows and the rivers; Agni the sacrific...
Thiru Eadu Vasippu
Thiru Eadu Vasippu is the festival celebrated in the worship centers of Ayyavazhi. It is celebrated for three, five, seven, ten or seventeen days annually. During these days the holy scripture of Ayya...
Sacchidananda Jnaneshwar Bharati
Sacchidananda Jnaneshwar Bharati is the spiritual leader of followers of Smartism of the Daivajna community of India. He is the guru of the community, which has its main spiritual centre or matha at K...
Ashtagrama Iyer
The Ashtagrama Iyers are a group of Vadama Iyers or South Indian Brahmins with their roots in the Ashtagrama villages situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka.
The history of this community is ...
Vaikunda Avatara Orvalam
The Vaikunda Avatara Orvalam is the name given to the procession which originates from Nagercoil to Swamithoppe. This is held annually on the day of Lord Narayana's incarnation as Ayya Vaikundar, acco...
Aaraama Dravidulu
Dravidulu is a sub-caste of the Telugu Brahmins of Andhra Pradesh in South India. There are several castes of Dravida Brahmins who originated from Dravida Brahmin of South India. They belong to Pancha...