Difference Between Lingayats and Veerashaivas:
|Worships Istalinga. Believe in Inner Spirit of Lord Shiva
|Worships Shiva as Lord
|Founder: Panchacharyas/Five Sages
|Reject Vedas and Agamas
|Believes Vedas and Agamas
|All are Equal. No Caste Hierarchy.
|Inequality between people of different strata/caste.
|Women are Equal as men
|Men are given more Prominence
|Shiva is a formless and timeless entity. The Lord is present within each and everyone, and they are against idol worship.
|go to temples and worship idols
|denounced all Hindu practices and can’t fit themselves into the Hindu religion.
|call themselves Hindus
Veerashaiva Lingayats are Lingayats themselves. That lead to the debate in Karnataka.