Yogeeswara Foundation is a public Charitable Trust (Reg.No.138/10) which is an umbrella organization of various Yogeeswara community establishments formed with the purpose of serving the unprivileged in the world around us, and thus to fulfil a part of the divine appointment of the Yogeeswara by Lord Siva. The Trust is formed by the members of the Yogeeswara Community.
‘Yogeeswara’- the Sanskrit word means ‘a great saint who is equivalent to god’. It is also defined as ‘one who reaches the level of ‘Iswara’(god) through Yoga and meditation’.
This community is mentioned in the Census Report-1931 of the British Government as the descendents of Saints or ‘Rishis’. They are basically Saiva Brahmins from Kailasa (Kashmir) and migrated to South India, mainly in Tamil Nadu to promulgate Saiva Siddhanta. Later they spread out across all the states in South India.
The Tutelary Deity of Yogeeswara is Lord Siva and his incarnations. They also worship Lord Vishnu and Sakthi with equal importance. Primary occupation of Yogeeswara is Priestly-hood. Another main occupation is Teaching of Vedas and Sasthras and thus got the surname ‘Gurukkal’, means teacher.
The Yogeeswara is a synonym of Lord Siva, and they are considered as the sons of Siva. The famous legend about the creation of Yogeeswara throws some light on their origin.