Thursday, April 17, 2014


(Original Painting is not for Sale)
Acrylic on Canvas, 18"x24"

Dakshinamurty or Jnana Dakshinamurty is an aspect of Shiva as a Guru (teacher) who bestows all types of knowledge- Yoga, Music, Arts, Dance, Shastras etc. He is the personification as the supreme or the ultimate awareness, understanding and knowledge. Literally Dakshinamurty means "one who is facing south". 

This painting is done according to the descriptions given in Shaiva Kaarnaagama. The description is as follows-

"Lord Shiva has white complexion of sacred ash in His Dakshinamurty form. He carries the crescent moon on His head. His hands have the gesture of knowledge, a rosary, a lute and a serpent. He looks very attractive with a sacred staff called Yogapatta. He sits on a seat called Vyakhyapitha and is surrounded by all great sages. He has a calm temperament. He is adorned by serpents and wears the skin of a deer as dress. He is very auspicious.

On the right flank of the Lord, there are Jamadagni, Vasistha, Bhrigu and Narada. Bharadvaja, Saunaka, Agastya and Bhargava should be shown on the left.

The lord is seated under a banyan tree in the region of the Mount Kailasha, which is populated by Kinnaras etc. He is the master of all and very calm.

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