Lord Shiva in his Nataraja form is a classic example of him
being a creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe, focusing on the never
ending cycle of life and death. This blissful Nataraja stance of
Bhujangatrasita Karana pose, depicts Lord Shiva’s energetic and vigorous dance
form of Tandava, where he stands with his left leg up across his body at hip
level, right leg planted on the dwarf demon Apasmara, signifying that Shiva
overcome ignorance in this world, left arm parallel to left leg with the palm
facing down and right arm on shoulder level forming a 90 degree angle, blessing
devotees of abhaya. This sharp yet elegant posture represents the divine dancer
(Shiva) as if dancing the world into being.
The cosmic fiery aureole framed behind the blissful Nataraja is symbolic of the three worlds of heaven, earth and netherworld and it springs out from a lotus base, carved here in smooth edges and a deeply chiseled stylized halo. The posterior hands of Lord Shiva hold agni to destroy the universe and a damaru (drum), that has its first sound as a mark of creation respectively. Lord is ornated in purposeful jewels and has the glorified crown of sacred river Ganga, which flows from his matted hair.
You can’t stop yourself from praising the fine bents, curves and postures of this brass Nataraja sculpture’s limbs and torso. The professional skills and far-sightedness of the sculptor is clearly visible in the carving style of this Nataraja statue. The long hair strands stretched out from either sides are representative of the extreme power and energy of this dance. Each and every symbol of this Nataraja form of Lord Shiva guides us towards the credence that, to achieve salvation one has to believe in Shiva.
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