Dakshinamurthy is an aspect of Shiva as a guru or teacher who leads one to jnana or knowledge and then further towards enlightenment. Lord Shiva in this avatar personifies Himself as an individual with heightened awareness, understanding and knowledge.
There are several different forms of Dakshinamurthy. Indian tradition accords a special reverence to Guru or Teacher. Dakshinamurthy is regarded as the ultimate Guru - the embodiment of knowledge and the destroyer of ignorance. This iconographic form for depicting Shiva is South Indian in character.
Dakshinamurthy is depicted seated under a banyan tree upon a deer throne, surrounded by sages.
Dakshinamurthy is portrayed as being in the yogic state of abstract meditation - and as a powerful entity brimming with ever flowing bliss and supreme joy.
This artwork sums up the abstract or hidden power of the absolute.