Siddhars are known as the enlightened ones who founded the Siddha medicine system. To get the list of Siddhars, read on.

Siddhars

Siddha system of medicine is one of the ancient medicine systems of India. It is considered to be Dravidian of origin and has all its literature in Tamil. Moreover, at times it seems quite similar to the traditional medicine system of Ayurveda. The founders of Siddha are supposed to be saints of Shaivite tradition, belonging to Tamil Nadu. These saints practiced an unorthodox level of spiritual practice to attain liberation. They followed constant yogic discipline to acquire yogic powers called Siddhi. In effect they came to be known as Siddhars.

According to the Siddhar tradition, there were 18 enlightened souls, who achieved extra ordinary powers. Amongst them, Agasthiyar or Agasthya is regarded as the most enlightened one and is even credited for finding the Siddha culture and medicine system. These saints or Siddhars transcended the barriers of time and space via vigorous practice of yoga, meditation; use of substances called Rasayanas and breathing practice similar to Pranayam.

This gave them the power to look into the various materials and substances, beneficial in eliminating the sufferings of the common man. Thus, Siddhars were saints, doctors, alchemists and mysticists all at the same time. To provide relief to the people, Siddhars wrote their findings on palm leaves, which are still stored by some of the private families of Tamil Nadu and passed from generation to generation. In the Siddha medicine system, metals, minerals and chemical products are used predominantly.

The 18 siddhars are