The Bhakti Movement centers on a path of love and devotion. It emerged in medieval Hinduism during the 7th century CE in South India under the Tamil poet-saints known as the Shaiva Nayanars and Vaishnava Alvars. It offers an inclusive approach to spiritual realization, regardless of social status, caste, gender or religion. The word 'bhakti' means devotion. The movement believes that God (with or without form) dwells within everyone and can be attained through a personal, loving relationship with the Divine.