Shiva's dance form elevated him to the position of Nataraja, a form wherein the arms whirled wildly, his flying locks crashed into heavenly bodies, and his steps split the mountains. We see Shiva dance over the body of Mahisa, who was eventually destroyed by Durga. In his right hand, he holds the trident, which represents the triad of the creator, preserver and the destroyer. In his left hand, Shiva holds the fire that burns and destroys, yet illuminates and energizes. Shiva has snakes around his body, showing his power to deal with death and also to hold the potential energy of Kundalini, the yogic serpent power. In the disheveled hair of Shiva can be seen the cresecent moon, giving him the epithet of 'Chandrashekhar,' or one who 'wears the crown of the moon.'
This painting was created in the sacred city of Puri, Orissa.