Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 13
Photo 13 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Natha on a lion (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. 13: A Natha on a striding lion. His head is slightly tilted upward. He is wearing karnakundalas, cross bands on his chest, rings on his arms and wrists. He is wearing a langoti. His right hand is resting on his right leg and his left leg is resting on his left knee.
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.