Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 88
Photo 88 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Natha-Siddha (tribhanga pose)
Fig.86: This sculpture is found in the mukhamandapa pillar of the Bhoganandishvara temple in Karnataka, in which the Natha-Siddha is in a tribhanga pose striding and facing towards right. He is holding the deer horn in his left hand to his mouth and his right hand is bent upwards. His left leg is bent forward and his right leg bent backward. His matted hair, necklace like ornament, rings on his wrists, kundala and langoti are clearly depicted. Many other sculptures of the same kind are found in this temple.
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.