Lord Shiva and a lady making the mobile phone mudra at the British Museum.
Nataraja meaning 'Lord of the Dance', is the aspect Shiva manifested when performing the ananda-tandava or 'Wild Dance of Great Bliss', his movements combine the fiercely wild and the sensual .The Lord's toes engender fire as he pounds the demon-dwarf of ignorance, Apasmara under foot.
Naked, charnal ash-smeared and bejeweled, Shiva is draped in a loincloth with his sash unfurling into the void.The great naga Vasuki is coiled about his fore-arm.The head and shoulders of the river godess Ganga emege from his matted locks as they billow outwards and the new moon adorns his crown. His hand-drum is the quickening pulse of the cosmos and his open palm dispells fear.With gaja-hasta or 'elephant-hand mudra' he offers the trunk of an elephant, symbolic of his power. A tiruvashi or arch of flame encloses his body; it is both ending one cosmic cycle and begining another.
Kundalini, the fire of great bliss rises within the body of the yogi, thrumming up through the major chakra wheels, of energy constriction and dispersal, to burst forth like a hydrant of ecstasy.
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“Señor de la danza", el dios hindú #shiva
en su forma de bailarín cósmico, representado en metal o piedra en muchos templos Shaivitas, particularmente en el sur de #india
. En la escultura Nataraja, Shiva se muestra como la fuente de todo movimiento dentro del cosmos y como el dios cuyo baile del juicio final, representado por el arco de llamas, acompaña la disolución del universo al final de un eón.
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The cosmic dance of Shiva as Nataraaj [the lord of dance] symbolises the ever-lasting dynamic divine energy flow that is existence! This is made up of 5 principles: creation, preservation, destruction, illusion & emancipation.✨ His endless dance of bliss takes place in everything that exists - every atom, every particle, you, me, life, death. It is the source of entire energy and Consciousness...Such a beautiful representation & the perfect blend of an ancient religious concept + science. Especially for one [meee haha] that can’t wrap their head around science things. Har har mahadev! 🕉 #thedanceoflife
In a marvelously unified and dynamic composition expressing the rhythm and harmony of life, Nataraj is shown with four hands represent the cardinal directions. He is dancing, with his left foot elegantly raised and the right foot on a prostrate figure—'Apasmara Purusha', the personification of illusion and ignorance over whom Shiva triumphs. The upper left-hand holds a flame, the lower left-hand points down to the dwarf, who is shown holding a cobra. The upper right-hand holds an hourglass drum or 'dumroo' that stands for the male-female vital principle, the lower shows the gesture of assertion: "Be without fear."
Snakes that stand for egotism, are seen uncoiling from his arms, legs, and hair, which is braided and bejeweled. His matted locks are whirling as he dances within an arch of flames representing the endless cycle of birth and death. On his head is a skull, which symbolizes his conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, the epitome of the holy river Ganges, also sits on his hairdo. His third eye is symbolic of his omniscience, insight, and enlightenment. The whole idol rests on a lotus pedestal, the symbol of the creative forces of the universe.
This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy—creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. According to Coomaraswamy, the dance of Shiva also represents his five activities: 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace).
The overall temper of the image is paradoxical, uniting the inner tranquility, and outside activity of Shiva. 🙏✨🐍 Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/nataraj-the-dancing-shiva-1770458 🕉📿