The Indian Buddhist Iconography

by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya | 1958 | ISBN-10: 8173053138 | ISBN-13: 9788173053139

This page contains an iconography image of Manjushri Siddhaikavira and represents figure 77 of the book Indian Buddhist Iconography, based on extracts of the Sadhanamala English translation. These plates and illustrations represent either photographs of sculptures or line-drawing reproductions of paintings or other representations of Buddhist artwork.

Figure 77 - Mañjuśrī Siddhaikavīra

Siddhaikavira
Figure 77: Siddhaikavīra (Saranath)

Four Sādhanas in the Sādhanamālā describe the form of Siddhaikavīra and in one of these he is said to bear the image of the Dhyāni Buddha Akṣobhya on his crown (Mauli) thus showing the family connection with Akṣobhya the progenitor of the Vajra family. When represented, his left hand holds the blue lotus while the right displays the Varada mudrā.

In Sarnath his image is shown in a standing attitude (Fig, 77).

A confusion is likely to arise between the forms of Loknanātha and Siddhaikavīra if they are both represented without companions and without the figure of the parental Dhyāni Buddha on their crown, for both these deities have the same symbol, the lotus and the same mudra, the Varada pose. In that case the image would most likely be identified as that of Lokanātha, who happens to be widely represented. Images of Siddhaikavīra, it may be added, are extremely rare.

Colour: white;
Mudrā: varada;
Symbol: lotus;