Lord Shiva Tandav or Nataraja dance
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#LordShiva is also known as #Nataraj, the Dancing God. This divine art form is performed by Lord Shiva & his divine consort Goddess #Parvati. The dance performed by Lord Shiva is known as Tandava. Shiva’s Tandava is a vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation & dissolution. Tandava depicts his violent nature as the destroyer of the universe.
Characteristics of #Tandava Dance
According to scholars, ‘Characteristics of the Tandava Dance’ have been described in the 4th chapter of Bharat Muni’s Nata Shastra, which is referred to as fifth Veda & an expression of Lord Shiva’s eternal dance - #Tandav. It says that Shiva’s Tandava is embellished with 108 karanas and the 32 anghaharas - the composite parts of the dance. Bharat Muni further says that Lord Shiva conceived the dance, as he was very much fond of dancing every evening. Shiva further mentioned that 108 karnas included in tandava could be employed in the course of dance, fight, & personal combats & in other special movements like strolling.
Types of #Tandava
Some scholars believe that there are 7 different types of Tandava. The tandava performed with joy is called Ananda Tandava & that which is performed in violent mood is called #Rudra Tandava. The other types of tandava identified are Tripura Tandava, Sandhya Tandava, Samara Tandava, Kaali Tandava, Uma Tandava & Gauri Tandava. However, there are few people who believe that there are 16 types of Tandava.
The cosmic dance of Shiva, called ′Anandatandava,′ meaning, ‘The Dance of Bliss’ symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation & destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth & death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the 5 principle manifestations of eternal energy - creation, destruction, preservation, salvation & illusion.
The dance of Shiva also represents his 5 activities namely:
1. ′Shrishti′ - creation, evolution.
2. ′Sthiti′ - preservation, support.
3. ′Samhara′ - destruction, evolution.
4. ′Tirobhava′ - illusion.
5. ′Anugraha′ - release, emancipation, grace.
#Nataraja #Dance #natarajasana
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