Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 97
Photo 97 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Nathapanthi (ardha-padmasana)
Fig. 95: In this sculpture, in the mukhamandapa pillar of Nandi temple, a Nathapanthi is depicted in ardha-padmasana pose as his left leg folded upward in which his left hand is resting in a danda-hasta mudra and his right hand is resting on his right thigh in a katya valambita mudra. His matted hair, kundala, necklace like ornament with medallion, rings in his arms and wrists, anklets in his legs are clearly sculpted.
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.