A shrine of lord Shiva is currently under construction. We anticipate that it will be completed by the end of January 2017. Upon completion, this shrine will make a great place for prayer, meditation and kirtans.
Yogi Arvind was born into a family of shaivites, who worship lord Shiva and who believe that Shiva is the supreme being. He relates to Shaivism very much and wanted to create a sacred spot at the center, that honors lord Shiva. He does workshps/retreats on the subject of Shaivism occasionally.
Shaivism was the religion and cosmology of ancient India, going back to 10,000+ years. The Indian subcontinent was then inhabited by the Dravidian tribe and Shaivism was most likely the cosmology and religion of the Dravidians. Around 5,000 years ago, a lot of kingdoms from the middle-east, west and north invaded India and settled in the northern and central part of India. The merger of the existing Shaivism in India and their own philosophies resulted in religions that followed: Jainism, Hinduism (Vedism), Vaishnavism, Buddhism, etc.
Shaivism as a cosmology/religion exists by itself very much in India now. It is practiced more in South India, East India, North & North Eastern Indian (Himalayan states/kingdoms). Principles of Shaivism are also present in every other belief system that originated from India. If a person wants to understand Indian philosophies or Indian culture better, it would help to know about Shaivism, especially for yogis in the west. Yoga and Samkhya originated from Shaivism.