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Lākulīśa


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2nd century ce?)

Regarded as an incarnation of Rudra, and said to be the founder of the Śaiva Pāśupata tradition; the latter's only surviving text, the Pāśupata Sūtra, is attributed to him, although in its extant form it is significantly later (c.8th or 9th century ce?). Iconographic evidence from North India (c.7th–11th centuries ce) suggests that Lākulīśa was worshipped as a staff (lakuṭa/laguḍa)-bearing, ithyphallic yogin.

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