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Meaning[ edit ] Lord Dakshinamurti sitting under a Banyan tree. So this manifestation of Shiva is a benevolent teacher who accords wisdom to seekers of salvation. Perhaps, of all Hindu Gods, he is the only one sitting facing south. In his aspect as Jnana Dakshinamurti, Shiva is generally shown with four arms.
He is depicted seated under a banyan tree, facing the south. Shiva is seated upon a deer-throne and surrounded by sages who are receiving his instruction. Sometimes even the wild animals, are depicted to surround Shiva. In his upper arms, he holds a snake or rosary or both in one hand and a flame in the other; while in his lower right hand is shown in vyakhyanamudra, his lower left hand holds a bundle of kusha grass or the scriptures.
The index finger of His right hand is bent and touching the tip of his thumb. The other three fingers are stretched apart. Sometimes, this hand is in the Abhaya Mudra , a posture of assurance and blessing. In Melakadambur the statue of the Dakshinamurthy appears seated on a bull under a banyan tree with a hole extending from one ear to the other.
Dakshinamurthy is portrayed as a powerful form brimming with ever-flowing bliss and supreme joy while being in the yogic state of abstract meditation. Variations of this iconic representation include Veenadhara Dakshinamurthy holding a Veena and Rishabharooda Dakshinamurthy mounted on a Rishabha - the bull.
Significance[ edit ] Worshipers at Dakshinamurthy temple at Brihadeeswarar temple Indian tradition accords a special reverence to the Guru or the teacher. Dakshinamurthy, in the Hindu system of beliefs is regarded as the ultimate Guru - the embodiment of knowledge and the personification of ignorance as represented by, the demon being crushed under the feet of the deity.
The Jnana Mudra is interpreted in this way:- The thumb denotes the God and the index finger denotes the man. The other three fingers stand for the three congenital impurities of man viz. When man detaches himself from these impurities, he reaches God.
Another interpretation is that the other three fingers denote the three states of life: Jagruti Fully awake through senses and mind , Swapna Sleep state - When the mind is awake and Sushupti True-self - When the senses and mind go into soul - Atma. The Abhaya Mudra, a gesture with the hand lifted above thigh with palm facing out, fingers pointing, is interpreted as His grace upon His students. The rosary or the snake signifies tantric knowledge. The fire represents illumination, removing the darkness of ignorance.
Impact on Indian Life[ edit ] The fifth day of the week, Thursday is associated with the planet Jupiter and is referred to as Guru Guruvar or Guruvaaram.
Thursdays are considered auspicious to start any educational endeavours. It is on Thursdays that special worship services are offered to Dakshinamurthy in many Saivite temples. Some temple traditions hold full moon nights, particularly the night of the Guru Purnima as the appropriate time for worship services to Dakshinamurthy. Temples[ edit ] The Gopuram of Kapaleeshwarar temple , Chennai depicts two sculptures of Dakshinamurthy: one playing the veena , another in a meditative state.
Even though the idol of Dakshinamurthy is installed in every Shiva temple, there are only a few temples where Dakshinamurthy is the chief deity. Only one of the twelve Jyotirlingas is Dakshinamurthy, the Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain. Being the only Dakshinmurthy Jyotirlinga, It holds special importance for Shaivites as a site of learning. The South-facing Adiyogi is seen as a representation of Dakshinamurthy, and is considered the Adi Guru or the first Guru.
Pratishtha was done by Suka Maharshi. It is estimated that this temple is nearly years old. In Thirupulivanam, we can find Dakshinamurthy in the form of Ardhanariswara. Ganesha statue comes last in the worship line. In Thiruvotriyur, Chennai a dedicated temple to Dhakshinamoorthy exists. It is estimated that this temple is nearly years old and the idol of the lord was fixed on the day of mahakumbamela that took place years ago Dakshinamurthy temple at Vellave near Taliparambu Kannur District, Kerala , This is a swayambhoo temple self evolved of Dakshinamurthi.
The deity has occupied a place in the Ashram since but in , a temple was built according to the rules of shahastra nama to give an altar to the Lord. It houses a 21 feet statue of Adiyogi Shiva which is seen as representation of Dakshinamurthy  , along with a Shivalinga consecrated by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in September Lord Dakshinamurthy is prayed to for protection and overall well being as well as for success in education.
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