Welcome to Veerashaiva Samaja of Asia Pacific Inc(VSAP)

Veerashaiva Samaja of Asia Pacific (VSAP) is a non-for-profit religious organisation established in Sydney, Australia in October, 2010.

Inaugurated on the 24th of October, 2010 by Dr Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji of Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Brihanmath, Karnataka, India.

The objectives of VSAP are:

    • Bullet To promote social and cultural welfare of Veerashaiva people

    • Bullet To establish institutions and/or functions and events to spread the principles of Veerashaiva religion, literature, culture and tradition as well as Vachana Sahitya

    • Bullet To co-ordinate support and/or provide assistance for Veerashaiva and/or Vachana literature

    • Bullet To provide direction and/or information to new Veerashaiva settlers in Australia

    • Bullet To promote, conserve and advance Veerashaiva culture and literature

    • Bullet To improve the awareness of Veerashaiva culture within the wider local community

Meet Our Executive Committee

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Onkaraswamy Goppenalli


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Vijaykumar Halagali

Vice President

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Girija Halagali


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Suresh Bangalore

Public Officer

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Nanda Shirol


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Bhagya Shankar

Information Co-ordinator

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Dr Siddalingeshwara Orekondy

Ex-Officio President and Trustee

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Shivakumar Shirol

Executive Member

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Chandrakala Aradhya

VSAP Representative-Bengaluru

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Paramesha Lingayata

VSAP Representative-Mumbai

VSAP Cultural Activity Committee:

Girijadevi Halagali

Smt. Geetha Giriyal

Smt. Chaya Bangalore

Frequently asked questions about


Veerashaivism is a subtradition within Shaivism. According to tradition, it was transmitted by Panchacharyas,from, or five acharyas: Renukacharya, Darukacharya, Ekorama, Panditharadhya, and Vishwaradhya, and first taught by Renukacharya to Agastya, a Vedic seer.
Veerashaivism is a form of Shaivism sect of Hinduism. It is predominantly found in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Veerashaivas are also found in other states: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat and around the world.
Peethas. Veerashaivism is continued to this day and is preserved and transmitted by five peethas (Rambhapuri, Ujjaini, Kedar, Shreeshail, Kashi), who play an essential role in the Veerashaiva tradition.
Lingayatism is a Shaivite Hindu religious tradition in India. Initially known as Veerashaivas, since the 12th century adherents of this faith are known as Veerashaiva Lingayats.
His Guru was Játavéda Muni,.
Basavanna was the author of an unique spiritual revolution that impacted the social life, literature, tradition, customs, religion, and economy of 12th century Karnataka, India.
In the 12th century Sharana movement lead by Basavanna, Allama Prabhu, Chenna Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi left a deep imprint on world history. Basavanna heralded changes in social, cultural, literary and political and in almost all sectors of life.
Anubhava Mantapa was a social movement in 12th century Karnataka which brought enormous changes in thinking of people not through coercive means but by self-introspection. It was a kind of Parliament where representatives of people were elected by the spritual leader.

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