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Shiva Nataraja

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

Shiva Nataraja

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The Hindu deity Shiva, portrayed as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja). Circa 950 CE. From Tamil Nadu, India.

Indian Bronze Buddha Statue: Lord of the Dance. Shiva Nataraja, India. Ca. early 1900s. Siva Nataraja in the sacred dance of universal creation and destruction. For all cycles, all mortal lives and civilizations, all universes come into existence and come to an end. It is Shiva as Nataraja, who ignites the dissolution and creation of the universe at the beginning and end of cycles. His dance is dynamic and uncontrollably wild as he moves through the 108 forms and movements.

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

Fritjof Capra - Shiva's Cosmic Dance at CERN

Nataraja, Lord of Dance

In his hands Shiva as Lord Nataraja holds a drum or dhamru that makes the final sound of death as well as the primeval vibrations of life. In his left hand Nataraja holds Agni, a fire that burns and destroys yet also illuminates and energizes. Around him is a fiery prahabhamandala, which is the great wheel of samsara filled with the infinite cycle of births and rebirths..

Gnostic Society Samael Aun Weor Gold Coast, Queensland

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.

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.

Poems written by Swami Vivekananda - Frank Parlato Jr.

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.

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.



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

Nataraja - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nataraja- The Cosmic Dancer"

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

Nataraj - Lord Shiva dancing

Stamp. Shiva Nataraja

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.

Shiva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.