Lord Bhavanishankar - Lord Shankar (parama Shiva) with His Shakti - Devi Bhavani - is the presiding deity - the Aradhya-Devata of the Chitrapur Saraswat community.

Spiritual sources reveal that Lord Bhavanishankar manifested as the first Guru in His resplendent youthful form as Lord Dakshinamurti under a banyan tree to impart self-realization in total silence to the four manasa-putra-s - the 'mind born' sons of Lord Brahma.

The steadfast faith and sincere search of the Chitrapur Saraswat community for the perfect path to discover the Ultimate Truth and attain self-realization is rooted in the Advaita (non-dual) philosophy propogated by the world-renowned 8th century spiritual giant - Shri Adi Shankaracharya.