Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu: photo 219
Photo 219 of 223 in Gallery: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu
Image title: Siddha Agastya (Tiruvannamalai temple)
[Series: Historical Continuity: Some Siddhas(?) of contemporary period]
Fig.200: He is called Siddha Agastya by the people by referring to his shape and size. He is wandering inside the Tiruvannamalai temple. Most of his appendages and attributes like rudrakshamala and copper ring in his (right) wrist resemble the medieval sculptures. (See also Fig. 196-198, 201, 204)
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.