The brass statue of Nataraja is poised in an elegant dance pose called Tandavam or Nadanta. Set in a flaming halo, his upper right hand holds the damaru, a small handheld hourglass drum representing the cosmic sounds, while his upper left hand holds the agni, fire symbolizing protector of humanity. The steady open palm of the right forehand conveys assurance and confidence that dispels fear, while the other lower left hand pointing downwards says he is the creator of maya, illusion of the phenomenal world.The dwarf demon stepped upon by the right leg of Nataraja is apasmara purusha, and represents ignorance and illusion which would lead mankind astray. His left foot is raised in the direction of the right foot at hip level, providing an escape from his weakness by subduing ignorance. Nataraja’s dance is filled with energy, causing his hair to be swayed and extended to the sides. Those who are devoted to him are believed to attain salvation.
The origins of Nataraja and the Lord Shiva could be traced back to thousands of years ago. However in today’s world, he is best recognized for his blissful dance. Exotic India Art has sourced for this elegant piece for its true devotee to be blessed with courage, strength and protection. When lifted, the weighted brass statue has heft, signifying groundedness and importance. In today’s world of distractions and noise, the Nataraja statue gives a peaceful and calming guidance to navigate through the chaos.
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