The Natraja murti that you see on this page is made from pure brass. It has a resplendent gold finish that aptly conveys the glory of the great Shiva Nataraja. The dancing Shiva is of great importance in Hindu dharma. The Lord’s tandava is symbolic of the triumph of vidya (awareness) over avidya (ignorance), and dharma (the ethical) over adharma (the unethical).
This Nataraja idol is the quintessential image of the all-annihilating tandava of Shiva. On the back of Apasmara He dances, pressing Him against the bosom of the Earth beneath with one leg. The other is raised high in the air, while the hands are in gajahasta and abhaya (mudras). This universally recognisable silhouette is the very picture of Hinduism.
Such a Nataraja sculpture would be a fine addition to the home of the modern-day devotee. The precisely detailed figure - note the adornments on the body of the dancing Shiva, as well as the multitude of snakes dangling from every limb - is framed by a perfectly circular Kirtimukham aureole, a hallmark of the authenticity of the traditional-style craftsmanship.
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