In the Nataraja sculpture, Lord Shiva is shown as the source of all movement within the cosmos and as the god whose doomsday dance, represented by the arch of flames, accompanies the dissolution of the universe at the end of an eon.
According to Ananda Coomaraswamy, the name is related to Shiva’s fame as the “Lord of Dancers” or “King of Actors”. The form is known as Nataraja in Tamil Nadu and as Nartesvara (also written Nateshwar) or Nṛityesvara in North India, with all three terms meaning “Lord of the dance”.
As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It 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.
For generations of Indians over millennia, Shiva was a God to be feared. People worshipped him because he alone, among the holy trinity of Hinduism, possessed the power to destroy.
To this day, the image that follows Lord Nataraja is much like that of a coin- one entity with two facets. While he is respected and adored for his divine dance form, he is also worshipped to calm the force of destruction that arises from it.
Size : 9 inch
Weight : 1.60kg
Material : Brass
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