Wooden Nataraj Statue


Nataraj is the dancing pose of the Hindu God Shiva. The dance was performed by him as a part of his divine duties. Nataraja is most often depicted through statues. The Nataraj statues are most revered by dancers. Dancers of classical dances like Bharatnatyam or Odissi practice with a statue of Nataraj placed in front of them. It is essential for the dancers to pray to the Nataraj before commencing the dance. Most of the Shiva temples in Southern India show the Lord Shiva in the Nataraj posture. Wooden statues of Nataraj can be found in almost all south Indian families or in temples of lord Shiva. The wooden statues portray Lord Shiva dancing within an arch of flames. A cobra is shown uncoiling from his lower right forearm, the crescent moon and a skull are on his crest. This is also known as the dance of trance.

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