Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 101
Photo 101 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Siddha (Vrksasana pose)
Fig. 99: This sculpture is found on the outer wall of the ardhamandapa of Avani temple. He is standing in a Vrksasana pose in his left leg and his right leg is folded and resting on his left thigh. His left hand is placed on the right leg foot in a dhyani/kangula mudra, and his right hand is placed on the top of his head. He is depicted with long hair which is hanging broadly up to the ground from his head. Big kundala, medallion and rudrakshmala in his chest, rings on his arms are also depicted.
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.