Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 89
Photo 89 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Nathapanthi (seated in a squatting pose)
Fig.87: This sculpture is found in the mukhamandapa pillar of the Someshvara temple at Ulsur, Karnataka. A Nathapanthi seated in a squatting pose in Upavesasana and holding the deer horn in his right hand to his mouth. His left hand is resting on his left leg.His matted hairs, kundala, necklace like ornament; rings on his wrists, anklets, langoti are clearly depicted. He is also depicted with big belly.
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.