m. "a worshipper or follower of śiva-", Name of one of the three great divisions of modern Hinduism (the other two being the vaiṣṇava-s and śākta-s, qq. vv. ;the śaiva-s identify śiva--rather than brahmā- and viṣṇu--with the Supreme Being and are exclusively devoted to his worship, regarding him as the source and essence of the universe as well as its disintegrator and destroyer;the temples dedicated to him in his reproducing and vivifying character [as denoted by the liṅga-q.v ]are scattered all over India;the various sects of śaiva-s are described in )
शैव a. (-वी f.) [शिवो देवता$स्य अण्] Relating to the god Śiva. -वः 1 N. of one of the three principal Hindu sects. -2 A member of the Śaiva sect. -3 The thorn-apple. -वम् N. of one of the eighteen Purāṇas, of a Śāstra or Tantra.
noun (masculine) a kind of plant (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a particular religious rite in honour of Durgā (consisting of devout meditation and prostration of the body) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of one of the three great divisions of modern Hindūism (the other two being the Vaiṣṇavas and Śāktas) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
patr. from śiva (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
the thorn-apple (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
noun (neuter) auspiciousness (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a Śāstra and of a Tantra and of a Purāṇa (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
prosperity (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
welfare (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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