Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 84
Photo 84 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Minanatha (stucco image)
Fig.82: Natha Siddhas in Stucco (Tiruvilimilalai, Kumbakonam dist., Tamilnadu). These stucco sculptures are on the top of a mandapa in the Vilinatha temple. Three Natha Siddhas are shown seated on their respective vehicles.
A stucco image of Minanatha. He is wearing a loin cloth and seated on a fish in a rajalilasana pose. His right hand is resting on his right thigh in a katya valambita mudra and his left hand is on his up-folded left leg knee. He is also wearing the rings on his wrists, anklets. These stucco sculptures shows the continuity of the Natha tradition in this region.
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.