Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 99
Photo 99 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Siddha (with a tonsured head)
Fig. 97: This sculpture is found in a pillar of Ramalingeshvara temple at Avani of Karnataka. A Siddha is found with a tonsured head. He is seated in an ardha-padmasana pose as his left leg folded upward and he is holding his left hand on its knee in a lolahasta mudra, and his head is bent towards left and resting on the left hand. His right hand is in a kangula (dhyani) mudra, resting in his right foot. He is wearing a rudrakshamala around his head, and a big one is hanging from his shoulder to stomach. He is also wearing a necklace like ornament; a big ring like ornament in his wrists and arms, his langoti is also clearly depicted. But instead of usual ear-ring (kundala), the ear lobe in him is looking differently in a big size rudraksha seeds.
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.