Nataraja Symbology. A depiction of the god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to start the process of creation. Dancing is seen as an art in which the artist and the art s/he creates are one and the same, thought to evoke the oneness of God and creation.
Shiva is both destroyer or purifier and re-creator. The snakes around his neck symbolize power over evil and fertility. He wears a female earring on his left and and a males on his right which symbolizes sexual power and union.