He, in the midst of His tandava; She, in Her laya against Him. Together they motion in unison on a tiger-skin mat. The wooden sculptures of their sons, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartika, flank the background, in all their monotone iconographic beauty. The emerald-green grass beneath their feet is in sharp contrast to the fiery gold of the praksha (light, symbolic of sattvaguna) emanating from the dancing couple.
It is a highly energetic dance. From the dreadlocks of the Lord to the shringar of the Devi, they sway in the air from the momentum of their tandava. Nagas (snakes) and a skull-garland and a loincloth are all He wears, while She is in a gorgeous silk saree complete with gold and silver shringar. The faces of both are marked by a composure of sharp intelligence and solemnity.
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