Resident of the breathtakingly beautiful Kailash Mansarovar, the greatest of all ascetics. He is Lord Adinath, the founder of the philosophy and methodology of yoga. A manifestation of none other than Lord Shiva, the murti that you see on this page depicts the venerable Lord Adinath in the midst of unwavering contemplation. A makeshift dhyanatmaka (contemplative) stance, a hand raised in blessing upon earthly yogis, each at a varying depth within one’s sadhana.
Over a mound of Himalayan rock the Lord has spread His tiger-skin mat. He rests upon it, steeped in contemplation or samadhi, which is the highest limb of yoga. He is clad in little more than a loincloth, also made of tiger-skin, and a bunch of adornments made by rudraksha beads woven together. These merely set off the superior sculpted musculature of the parama-guru, founding guru, of yoga (indeed, He is said to have been the first teacher of yoga and His wife, Devi Parvati, the first student of yoga).
Angular jaws, features that are sharp and handsomely set. The jatas (dreadlocks) of Lord Shiva - partly coiled atop the head, with the rest cascading down the back - are an integral aspect of His seated or standing silhouette. On His shoulder is the raised hood of the naga (serpent) and right next to Him stands the trishool or trident, without which any Shaivite iconography is incomplete.
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