Himalayan Art Resources

Teachers: Tibetans with Heruka Appearance

Mahasiddha: Indian Adept Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Siddha Figures (Similar Appearance)
- Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (siddha form)
- Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (siddha form)
- Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (siddha form)
- Milarepa
- Padmasambhava (Swat, Oddiyana, Kanchipuram, others)
- Shri Simha (Central Asia)
- Tsongkhapa (in siddha form)
- Tangtong Gyalpo
- Tsang Nyon Heruka
- Wangdu Nyingpo
- Confusions: Indian Mahasiddhas, Bon adepts
- Others....

- Tibetans with Siddha Appearance
- What are Mahasiddhas: Question 1
- What is 'Mahasiddha' in Buddhist Art: Question 2
- Bone Ornaments

There are a number of easy to identify Tibetan Teachers that are depicted in Heruka (siddha) appearance. Siddha appearance and Heruka appearance are synonymous. Siddha appearance originates with the descriptions of adopting the form of the male deity in tantras such as the Hevajra and Chakrasamvara literature. The reference to siddha appearance is primarily related to the various systems of the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas. However, not all mahasiddhas have Heruka (siddha) appearance.

Additional Subjects & Topics:
- Identifiable Mahasiddhas Explanation (below)
- Indian Adepts (Mahasiddhas) Main Page
- Heruka Appearance Page
- Mahasiddha Outline Page
- Mahasiddha Technical Glossary
- Others...

Jeff Watt [updated 4-2019]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).