cultural practice of the community developed over the generations
by adopting to the local area and the practices of various tribes
they mixed with, as the groups moved from one place to the other.
There was significant social interaction and acceptance of one another's
belief with tolerance. There were many wars and imposition of some
habits also, which at times led to modification of the basic cultural
practice to adapt to other community habits and faith.
teachings were the main principle on which all these practices developed.
The variations were very small and were based only on the interpretations
of the teachings and the educational levels of the community. The
applied form of the teachings led to the practice of the Bhakthi
path of worship based on the Agamas and worship in the Temples and
at home to a Deity in a Form. Most of these forms of rituals and
practice of worship were generally similar, based on many different
manifestations of God as in various Puanas and Ithihasas, using
the same recitations of Vedas and Agamas.
Hinduism offered the six Dharsanas and developed the four major
divisions of the faith for worship, namely, Saivam, Vaishnavam,
Saktham and Smartham. They explain the three gunas, Sathva, Rajas
and Tamas, the four purusharthas, dharma, artha, kaama and moksha.
The theories of varna-ashrama dharma, karma and rebirth guide the
individual in their life, far beyond the usual do's and don'ts given
by most other faiths.
Vedantha and Bhakthi concept and the four Yogas, Karma, Raja, Bhakthi
and Jñana Yogas, define the pathway as a simple way both
for religious practice and also for every activity of life. They
clearly establish the ethics and practice for the common man, the
elite and the illiterate alike. Each family and each community had
a different form of God or one of their manifestations. Most of
the community chose one form of worship or other and followed slightly
different rules of life and ethics for each, according to Dharma
Sasthra. As the community was very tolerant for opinion of other
people and their freedom, as a respect to the others, they often
attended many forms of worship, on the belief that all paths lead
to the same God.