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Shiva Nataraja

Creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer, and revealer ... Nataraja, Lord of the Dance

Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), ca. 11th century. Indian (Tamil Nadu). Chola period (880–1279) As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.

BHO SHAMBHO: Being from whom all graces flow, Shiva, self-born, Source of the Ganges, compassionate redeemer from this ocean of sorrows, Supreme being without attributes, Beyond this world of the senses and elements.Thou art the self form of supreme truth, Untouched by the fleeting world of existence, Extraordinary, endless, bestower of happiness, Wonderful, eternal lingam.

Shiva as Nataraja, the cosmic dancer representing the rythmic movement of the entire cosmos. "The Universe is a cosmic dance of energy and matter, engaged in ceaseless creation, destruction, and evolution. We are all part of that dance."~ Paul Harrison

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The God Shiva dancing with Parvati, the second wife of the former. Parvati is the highest Mother Goddess in Hindu religion from whom all Hindu goddesses were born and fill the universe. In an intimate and harmonious erotic and mystical dance, Shiva and Parvati are united to make the whole universe balanced and alive.

Fritzof Capra in his article "The Dance of Shiva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics," & later in the The Tao of Physics relates Nataraj's dance with modern physics. He says that "every subatomic particle not only performs an energy dance, but also an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation & destruction without end. As in Hindu mythology, it's a continual dance of creation & destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basis of all existence & all natural phenomena."

KRISHNA DAS: Om Namah Om Namah Shivaya. Shiva destroys harmful patterns and thoughts; creating room for healthy habits and behaviours. Personification of Consciousness

Shrutam Deva - Devi and Shiva dancing and conversing

Uday Shankar and Simkie as Shiva and Parvati, 1937

Statue depicting Shiva dancing as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance). The rhythm of dance is a metaphor for the balance in the universe which Shiva is believed to hold so masterfully. His most important dance is the Tandav. This is the cosmic dance of death, which he performs at the end of an age, to destroy the universe.

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According to Hindu mythology, Shiva’s Tandava is a energetic dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution. While the “Rudra Tandava” (Dance of fury) depicts his violent nature, first as the creator and later as the destroyer of the universe, even of death itself; the “Ananda Tandava” (Dance of Joy) portrays him as cosmic energy.

Hoysala sculpture of Shiva dancing on a demon elephant representing illusion. Chennakesava Vishnu Temple, Belur, Karnataka, India, 1117AD.

NATARAJA: 'Lord of the Dance' - Incarnation of Lord Shiva (destroyer). He dances on the body of a demon who represents the ego, the false self who cries, "Me! Mine!"

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Dancing Lord Shiva with wife Parvati - Kalamkari Painting

Shiva, the destroyer and regenerator forms part of the main hindu trinity of gods together with Brahma, the creater and vishnu, the protector. Shiva is one of the oldest gods of India. Images of him have been found that are dated to 2500 B.C.

Uday Shankar with Simkie, the French dancer as Parvati in Tandava Nritya at Paris, 1931.

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Hand positions (mudra) in Shiva dance. This mudra shows" prana". (giving).

Nataraja or Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism, and the summary of the central tenets of this Vedic religion

A nine year old girl performs a dance inspired by the Cosmic Dance of Shiva. This is from the show "India's Got Talent".