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noun Hinduism.
  1. Shaiva.
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Origin of Saiva

From the Sanskrit word śaiva
Related formsSai·vite, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Wherever he went, he preached the Saiva philosophy, and made converts.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • A little later Ajayadeva, a Saiva king of Gujarat, is said to have raged against them with equal fury.

  • Sammandha then gave the Jains a chance of escape by embracing the Saiva faith, to which some of them became converts.

  • The indications of Buddhism are, however, the prevailing subjects of the paintings, although some of them are Saiva.

  • The temples consist of three groups: Saiva, Vaishnav and Jain, almost all built in the 10th and 11th centuries.

British Dictionary definitions for saiva


  1. a member of a branch of Hinduism devoted to the worship of Siva, but rejecting the notion of his incarnations
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  1. of or relating to Saivism or Saivites
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Derived FormsSaivism, nounSaivite, noun
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