A form of Lord Shiva, Natraja is a cosmic dancer of a divine dance called Tandavam. He is depicted in the Nataraja pose with his left leg raised up folded at hip level, and his front left arm gajahasta (elephant-trunk) pose. His rear right hand possesses the Damaru and his front right arm doing the same ‘Abhaya’ (fearless) gesture, while the rear left hand holds Agni (fire) in a vessel. Every element of the Nataraja speaks volumes and has deep divine meanings. Natraja in simplistic words is Shiva in his most authentic form of creating and destroying, suggesting the ideal seed that helps escape the misfortunes of the world: ignorance.
In this epic brass Nataraja statue, Shiva can be seen engrossed enjoying Tandava, while the energy that is emitted through his dance is making his hair fly. At the foot of Natraja, there is a demon lying that represents the death of the inner demons: the sins of darkness and ego, that often act as obstacles to one’s enlightenment. The round frame around Nataraja is Maya, i.e illusion, the delusion that humans experience in the form of a vicious cycle of birth and death.
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