Lakulisha, also known as Lakulish or Nakulisha, is a significant figure in Hinduism and is considered an incarnation or manifestation of Lord Shiva.
He is believed to have appeared during the 2nd century CE and is regarded as the 28th incarnation in the lineage of the eighty-four Mahasiddhas (great accomplished beings) in some traditions.
Lakulisha is primarily associated with the Pashupata sect, one of the oldest Shaivite sects in Hinduism.
Lakulish or Nakulisha is revered as the founder and reformer of the Pashupata tradition, which emphasizes asceticism, yoga, and worship of Lord Shiva as the Supreme Being.
Lakulisha is often depicted as a yogi with matted hair, wearing a loincloth, and holding a club or a staff known as a “lakuta” in his hand, from which his name is derived.
He is considered a teacher of yoga and spiritual practices, and his teachings are believed to have emphasized the attainment of liberation through self-realization and the path of intense devotion to Lord Shiva.
Though Lakulisha is not as widely worshipped as other forms of Lord Shiva, he holds a significant place in the history and development of Shaivism, particularly the Pashupata tradition.
His teachings and influence continue to inspire spiritual seekers and practitioners in their pursuit of spiritual enlightenment and union with the divine.