Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 11
Photo 11 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Bhairavanatha (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. 11: Bhairavanatha ( Bhairava Natha) on a scorpion. He is wearing the karnakundalas, cross band on his chest, along with a medallion. He is holding in his right hand a deer horn in his mouth. His left hand is resting on the toe of right leg, which is resting on the scorpion.
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.