Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 24
Photo 24 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Minanatha (Tirukameshvara Temple)
Fig. 24: This sculpture is found on the southern gopura entrance of the Tirukameshvara temple at Villianur, Puducherry. In this Minanatha is seated on a fish in lalitasana with his left leg hanging on the fish and his right leg is folded upward;his right hand is resting in a danda-hasta mudra. His left hand is resting on the fish in a katya valambita mudra. His hair is matted and long ears are visible. On his chest, he is wearing the deer horn as a medallion.
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.