Tibetan Mahasiddha figure, XIIIth century


Period:XIIIth century

Media:bronze, inclusions of jade


Mahasiddha [great adept] (maha meaning great and siddha meaning adept) is a term for someone who embodies and cultivates siddhi of perfection.

A Mahasiddha is a tantric practitioner, who have sufficient attainments to act as a guru or tantric master, considered as a type of eccentric yogi in both Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism.

They were people who transcended religious designation of whether vajrayana buddhism or hinduism and transcending all religious notion they were simply called Nath (master).