To understand the concept of Nataraja we have to understand the idea of dance
itself. Like yoga, dance induces trance, ecstasy and the experience of the divine.
In India consequently, dance has flourished side by side with the terrific austerities
of meditative yoga
absolute introversion etc.). Shiva
therefore, the arch-yogi of the gods, is necessarily also the master of the
Shiva Nataraja was
first represented thus in a beautiful series of South Indian bronzes dating
from the tenth and twelfth centuries A.D.