The Vidyesvaras are the masters of knowledge created for Shiva in Hindu belief. They take the appearances of forest spirits, satyrs, nymphs, fairies, and guardian angels. They are presided over by Pasupati, the Lord of the Animals who acts as a herdsman and guardian to all living things, much as Pan does in Greek mythology. The inhabitants of the sylvan forests are also clear seers of all that passes. They are not often seen because, like Cheiron, they do not need to display their knowledge to others. However, those who choose to seek them out will discover wise teachers in the Vidyesvaras.
by Magenta Carchella February 15, 2008