Himalayan Art Resources

Indian Adept: Hands of the Deity/Dakini

Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)

Some depictions of the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas, in a few but not all cases, display a pair of hands atop a lotus next to head of the individual siddha. The pair of hands symbolize that the siddha has had a direct experience with his or her personal meditational deity, or with a Tantric Buddhist dakini. Why some siddhas have the hand symbols and others do not is primarily based on the different versions of hagiography texts narrating in a brief way the important life events of each of the various siddhas. Two noteworthy paintings are HAR #700 and #101354.

Jeff Watt 11-2019