Vaishnavites are followers of Lord Vishnu (or his ten incarnations). The name Vishnu means one who pervades everything or the omnipresent one.
Shaivites are followers of Lord Shiva and Shaivism is one of the oldest traditions of Hinduism. They believe in Shiva being the ultimate Godhead. Sacred ash is used as a sign of Shaivism.
The tradition or the system or doctrine whereby teachings are successively passed on from masters to pupils from generation to generation is called Sampradaya.
Jainism is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Jin’ meaning to conquer. Here conquering implies the inner battle which the Jains are supposed to undertake with their bodily pleasures and passions.
Hindu religion consists of numerous Sampradayas. The Akhada is an armed outfit of the Sampradayas. They are a group of armed Sadhus and Sants specially established to protect their own faith and traditions. Small sections of the Akhadas are called Khalsa.
Sanatan Dharma ka Shaiv Sampradaya
Contents . Introduction . Vedanta . Schools of Vedanta . Common features of the three schools . Goal of Vedanta . Advaitha Vedanta (Non Dualism) . The four paths of yoga . Adi Shankara . Advaitha Vedanta Sampradaya . Daiva Parampara . Narayana . Brahma . Rishi Parampara . Vasishta