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Shiva Nataraja

Nataraja Tandava is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to re-start the process of creation. The Tandava (the violent and dangerous dance) is associated with the destruction of weary worldviews – weary perspectives and lifestyles.Thus Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance) destroys in order to create, tearing down to build again
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"Dance of Shiva" - Alan Watts style

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"Dance of Shiva" - Electric Universe

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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.

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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.

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Shiva~ Nataraja. Shiva dancing the world out of existence, crushing ignorance under his feet.

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Fritjof Capra - Shiva's Cosmic Dance at CERN

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Shiva has many dances. His dance of anger is called the Roudra Tandava, and his dance of joy, the Ananda Tandava. He dances the dance of creation, the dance of destruction, and the dance of solace and liberation.

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Lord Shiva

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Shiva dances as Parvati plays music. 19th C. India

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Indian Epics: Images and PDE Epics: Image: Shiva and Parvati

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Shiva The Destroyer. Shiva's 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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Poems written by Swami Vivekananda - Frank Parlato Jr.

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Brass Dancing 5 Faced Shiva Statue 27” This stunning statue of Shiva depicts him in a very rare form with 5 faces and 10 arms in ecstatic dance. Each of the faces has a name and represents a specific aspect. These five faces are Isana, Tatpurusa, Aghora, Vamadeva and Sadyojata. Isana faces south east and represents Iswara aspect of Shiva known as SadaShiva, or the Eternal Shiva.

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Shiva as Lord of Music, 11th century India: Tamil Nadu, 1000-1099 Bronze 16-5/8 x 10 in. (42.2 x 25.4 cm)

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Asian Art - Collection Highlights - Norton Simon Museum

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