Amalgamated in beautiful smoky grey and gold colors, Nataraja, while dancing in ecstasy rules over his conscious fearful yet caring nature. This rare Nataraja posture triumphs joyfully on the demon dwarf Apasmara, who embodies ignorances of the world and here sits with his implements in his hands on a three layered heighted pedestal carved in mesmerizing highlighted lotus petals.
This cosmic dancer represents a connection between religion and arts and this powerful dance, also named as pralaya symbolizes, dissolution of everything that is existing into him or the energy. Shiva’s left leg held high in air, while right placed on the demon’s head along with that slight smile on face represents his gesture of elated calmness on success of, him being the saviour of the universe by encapsulating spiritual ignorance.
The anterior hands are posed in his characteristic Gajahasta (elephant hand) mudra while the rear hands carry agni (fire) or the flame of destruction and damru symbolic of recreation; agni and damru together are responsible for focussing the fire and space elements respectively. This Shiva idol attracts itself also by the elegant sparkling gold jewels laid over him, the short length dhoti that spreads in delicacy and the long aureoled crown carved in superfine patterns.
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