Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 133
Photo 133 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Siddha (urdhvapadmasana)
From Fig.129 to Fig.138, all are found in the outer prakara pillars of the Adikeshava Perumal temple at Tiruvattariu in Kanniyakumari dist. of Tamilnadu
Fig. 131: In this sculpture, a Siddha is depicted performing urdhvapadmasana in Sirisana, as his body shown upside down and his hands are placed on the ground holding together in Ganesha mudra. On his hands, his head is resting and his legs are folded upwards in padmasana. He is having beard, rudrakshamala in his neck, rings on his arms etc.
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.