Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Eight Great Adepts (mahasiddha)

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There are different groupings of the Eight Great Adepts that have been depicted in art over the last 1000 years. The earliest are found on metal Lotus Mandalas. Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne in the 18th century designed his own compositions illustrating his selection of the eight siddhas. The Eight Siddhas as minor figures in early artworks: Eight Siddhas (misc.)

Compositions designed by Situ Panchen:
- Eight Adepts: one painting.
- Eight Adepts: one adept per painting (comprising a set of nine paintings).
- Eight Adepts: three adepts per painting (comprising a set of three paintings).

List of Siddhas - Early Kagyu Tradition:
- Saraha
- Indrabhuti
- Nagarjuna
- Padmavajra
- Ghantapa
- Dombi Heruka
- Kukkuripa
- Lawapa