Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 159
Photo 159 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Bhairavi (with two practitioners)
Fig. 148 to Fig. 161 are the depictions of Bhairavi Cakra/Cakra Puja practice of the Tantric cult. Usually in sculptures, the practice of Bhairavi Cakra is always depicted with a group of male tantric practitioners who are lesser in height than the woman and standing in a nude pose with or holding their erect virile membrane (penis) in their hand. And they are in anjali mudra, in front of or at the legs of the gigantic nude women, (hereafter called as Bhairavi), who is showing her secret parts in a standing pose. However, there are slight differences in those depictions in each place. Sometimes the male practitioners may be four or less in numbers and even one also.
Fig. 157: It is similar to the above (Fig.156) sculpture. In this two practitioners are found under the nude Bhairavi. She is standing nude and her right hand is in suchi or Tarjani mudra and her left hand is placed on her left thigh and her fingers almost hiding her pudenda. Her coiffure appears to a late Vijayanagara style. Of them two are kneeling down to her feet on both sides and others are in a nude pose with erect penis in anjali mudra.
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.