Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 92
Photo 92 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Viruthagirishvara temple sculpture
Fig. 90: This sculpture is found in the eastern mandapa pillar of the Viruthagirishvara temple at Virudhachalam of Tamilnadu. He is found with a similar pose found in Villianur temple (Fig.89). This mandapa belongs to the post Vijayanagara period. Rounded matted hair, kundala, cross bands, rings in wrists; patched garments in his under waist are clearly depicted. Besides above, similar sculptures are also found in almost all medieval temples of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu.
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.