Dakshinamurthy is a facet of Hindu god Shiva as a supreme cosmic guru or teacher (Adi Guru) who enlightens one with all kinds of knowledge that elevates and enriches. Carved here in a stylized form and posture, Dakshinamurthy means, the one who is facing south (Dakshina) direction and sits under the auspicious Banyan tree to guide the cyclic courses of creation, preservation, amalgamation, suppression and revealing true knowledge.
He sits in lalitasana on Mount Kailash with the right leg placed on the dwarf demon Apasmara, who stands for lack of knowledge and illumination. The expression on his face represents meditative serenity and calmness and the four rishis sitting on either side look towards him for the light of true knowledge; represented in a bright and glowy complexion, he is settled in bhava shuddha (deeply immersed in self) with a gentle smile on his divine face.
All the four hands carry his iconic implements, attired in luxurious garbs and ornamented in rich treasures, this sculpture gives us an essence of Lord Dakshinamurthy Shiva’s composed nature and motives. Zoom in to applaud the large tree sculpted distinctively as an aureole behind Shiva’s lustrous crown with the multiple leaves and branches twisting and turning, giving to shelter to the expansive world of flora and fauna.