From the details collected by the Syrian priests, it appears that the shrine and temple of Srikalahasteswarar was, in the 8th or 9th century, decorated by three planks of wood in the way of Christian churches in the Byzantine Empire. It is indicated that the saint present there at the time of the shrine building would have been Knatham. On it the names of Christians saints were carved like Madhumangal, Periyan and Azhernaran who belonged to the order of St. Thomas. The shrine is, hence, quite distinctly a Christian church with the three planks of wood. (See Part  of Note no 702 at the end.) However it is not possible to confine the discoveries of the French missionaries confined to the Syrian period, to a particular period of time. It is, therefore, difficult to accept their view that Christianity came to India more than two hundred years later than Sankaracharya.
In the Lingayat, Linga Purana is the science of Siva. The Lingayat believe that they are the faithful who are the Vyasa's disciples and successors. Lingayats believe that the end point of their lives are Lingi Charitas, the lives of Lingas, and therefore they worship the form of Shiva in the form of Lingas. Their way of thinking of Shiva is reflected in the deeds of Lingaraja and Lingopasur.
Lingayats worship the lingam as the earthly form of the soul of Siva. They consider that as it descended from the heavens, it has broken the path and is standing in the ramparts of the asada (mountain). But that it did not depart from the great divinity. They worship the high placed lingam with great devotion and feel the divine power of the lingam of the main deity lingaswarar. d2c66b5586