அரிது அரிது மானிடராய் பிறத்தல் அரிது
அதிலும் அரிது சிவபக்தனாய் பிறத்தல் அரிது
அதிலும் அரிது நித்தம் அவன்மேனி தீண்டல்
Like Vaariyar swamigal says, one who had accumulated punyas in 1000s of our janmas only can worship Lord Subrahmanya and Parameswaran. Our puranas and agamas keep Sivacharyars at a highest level…I do know that Sivacharyars are given Siva deekshai before they start to do swami kaaryams…Once they get the deekshai they are not supposed to do namaskarams to anyone other than Parameswaran – including any sadhus, gurus etc….We have read Mahaperiyava stopped Sivacharyars doing namaskarams to Him but they still did as Periyava is none other than Parameswaran….
I have not seen/read about the actual process of Siva deekshai to Sivacharyars. I am sure that each state might have a different culture. Recently Shri Shivaraman saw one such event in Sri Kalahasti where deekshai was given to a doctor, who comes from a sivacharyar tradition. Interestingly, in their culture, they carry them in a mena and take them around the city!! He shared some photos…Here are some for your viewing pleasure!!!