Dancing Shiva Tattoo

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Dancing Shiva Tattoo – Shiva Tandava

Lord Shiva is also known as Nataraj, the Dancing God. This divine art form is performed by Lord Shiva and 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 and dissolution. Tandava depicts his violent nature as the destroyer of the universe.

Significance of Shiva′s Tandava Nritya

According to religious scholars, the cosmic dance of Shiva, called ′Anandatandava,′ meaning, ‘the Dance of Bliss’ 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 learned scholar, Coomerswamy, the dance of Shiva also represents his five activities namely,

  • ′Shrishti′ – creation, evolution
  • ′Sthiti′ – preservation, support
  • ′Samhara′ – destruction, evolution
  • ′Tirobhava′ – illusion
  • ′Anugraha′ – release, emancipation, grace

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