Himalayan Art Resources

Indian Adept (Mahasiddha) Iconography

Mahasiddha Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Iconography
--- Lay Appearance Mahasiddha
--- Monastic Appearance Mahasiddha
--- Siddha Appearance
- Systems of Mahasiddhas
- Identifiable Mahasiddhas
- Tibetans with Siddha Appearance
- Hands of the Deity/Dakini
- Mahasiddha Outline Page
- Buddhist Iconography Main Page
Mahasiddha Resource Page (old)
- Confusions
- Others...

It is very important to know the difference between an individual that is classified in the various Buddhist Tantric systems as a mahasiddha and an individual that has siddha (or mahasiddha) appearance. The majority of mahasiddhas do not have Siddha Appearance - which is one of the Eleven Figurative Forms. The majority of the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas are depicted in layperson attire, along with a few monks, several kings and mendicant yogis.

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Jeff Watt 4-2006 [updated 6-2017, 4-2019, 12-2019]

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