Showing posts with label Lakulisha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lakulisha. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Was Lakulisha?


 (second century?) Legendary founder of the Pashupata religious society, a group of renouncer ascetics who worshipped the god Shiva as their patron deity.

Other Shaivite ascetics, such as the Kapalikas and Kalamukhas, seem to have been influenced by Lakulisha.

He's been recognized as a Shiva manifestation.

Many sculptures have been identified as Lakulisha's representation; he is shown as a nude yogi holding a staff in one hand and a citron in the other, with penis erect, standing or seated in the lotus pose (padmasana).

More information may be found in David Lorenzen's 1972 book The Kapalikas and the Kalamukhas.


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