Lecture: Visions of Patañjali as a Nāga, Siddha and Sage

In this talk Dr. Buhnemann will trace the development of Patañjali’s iconography, starting with early representations as a two-armed half-human half-serpentine devotee of Śiva in the tradition of the Naṭarāja Temple at Cidambaram in Tamilnadu, South India. She will then examine the more recent four-armed iconography and the iconography of Patañjali as an accomplished being (siddha), absorbed in meditation. Finally, she will look at works of art experimenting with new forms. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Center for South Asia.