Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 66
Photo 66 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Kurmanatha (Tirukameshvarar Temple)
Fig.66: Kurmanatha (Tirukameshvarar Temple, Villianur, Puducherry) in ardhapadmasana pose. His right hand is resting on his right thigh and his left hand is resting on the left knee, which is already folded upward. A wallet is hanging on his left shoulder. He is wearing ornaments like necklaces, medallion, rings on his wrists and arms, kundala on ears, loin cloth, etc. His hair is also matted. Kurmanatha representations are very rare in the Vijayanagara sculptural art.
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.