Srivaishnava guruparamparai

Different religions propagate different types of gods. And some religions propagate atheism. Search for largest religious groups with followers on wiki reflects below table of top 4,

ReligionFollowers TheismName of the GodForm
Christianity 2.2 billion TheistAlmightyNo
Islam 1.9 billion TheistAllahNo
Hinduism 1.1 billion Theist33K CroresYes
Buddhism 0.52 billion AtheistNot applicableNo

So Hinduism is the only religion which gives a form/shape to the God. However, the count of Gods is 3,30,00,00,00,000 (10 zeros??). However, there are about 6 major gods or religious schools as shown in below table:

Name of the GodPractice (Popularly Known as Matham)

The author belongs to the Vaishnavism sect, which is again sub-divided into many sub-sects based on religious teachers/philosphers. One such sub-sect is Srivaishnavism, wherein the consort of Vishnu is revered as a mediator. Below is a picture showing the lineage of teachers right from the Sriman Narayana.

thirunarayan embar's forefather in the Srivaishnava Guruparamparai
Srivaishnava Guruparamparai is the list of teachers.

Nepal – the only Hindu country till recently

Till 2015, when Nepal adopted a Constitution, it was the only Hindu nation in the world. Nepal has two destinations particular to devotees of Srivaishnava sect from India. One is the Saligram or Muktinath and the other Janakpuri.

The author has visited Janakpuri which is very near to the border village of Sita Marhi in Bihar-India and is dreaming to visit the other Muktinath, which is said to be a very strenuous journey covering three to four days even by flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara in an aero-plane and then a helicopter or some other short flight to Jomsom.