Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 10
Photo 10 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Naganatha (Jalakanteshvara temple)
Fig. 5 to 13, are depicted on two pillars on either side of the (mukhamandapa) of the Jalakanteshvara temple in Kalasipaliayam, near Bangalore in Karnataka, datable to late or post Vijayanagara period 16th –17th century.
Fig. 10: Naganatha seated on a coiled snake raising its hood. He is facing slightly upward. His kundala in ears, rings in his wrists are clearly depicted. His right leg is folded and he is keeping his both hand on his left knee, on which he resting his chin.
The Siddha/Natha tradition symbolize the most comprehensive understanding and application of the theoretical and methodological tenets of Tantric philosophy. There are many Siddha-centres all over the Tamilnadu. The temples in Tamil-Nadu contain the sculptures depicting the Tantric rites and the images of the venerated Siddhas in it.