Today, there are many schools of modern Shaivite practices. The major Shaivite tradition is the Shaiva-Siddhanta, which has three principles of Pati(Shiva), Pashu(the soul), and Pasha (the bonds that tie the soul to earth). According to the Shaiva-Siddhanta practitioners, the primary aim in life is to set the soul free from its earthly bonds and attain Shivatva – the nature of our Lord Shiva.
There are also many traditions and rituals associated with this practice of Shaivism, including external acts of worship, Yoga and meditation, attaining wisdom, and devoting oneself fully and wholeheartedly to Him in order to become conscious of the highest truth. Followers of this practice believe in giving service to Shiva in religious places through tasks of cleaning, cooking, giving water, and more. They also sing holy songs and chant mantras, and believe in delivering the message of Shiva through His stories.
Apart from the Shaiva-Siddhanta practice, there are four more Shaivism schools of thought, practised not just in India, but across the world where Shiva believers reside.