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An auspicious form of Śiva, particularly popular in South Indian iconography, in which the god is represented as the supreme ascetic teacher. Commonly, he is shown addressing his yogin followers from a seat beneath a tree, one foot trampling the demon of ignorance. ‘South’ may be a reference to the direction in which he faces to deliver his teachings.

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