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Jaipur art lovers celebrate Mahashivratri amidst classical dances and songs
Jaipur art lovers celebrated Mahashivratri on February 27 by organizing classical dancing and singing events in various parts of the city. Classical dance and music presentations were organized by Natraja Kathak Dance Academy; Sangit Asharam Sansthan; Jiwan Das Rawatani Trust and Gaiteshwar Kala Sansthan in the city, reported Rajasthan Patrika.

Art lovers consider Shiva as the Adi (ever first) Guru from whom the yogic and dance traditions originate. On Mahashivratri, therefore, many artists from various fields such as music and dance perform to pay homage to Shiva as Adi Nrytaya Guru. 

Scriptures say that first guru is the destroyer Shiva and the supreme spirit, and we must offer salutations to Him. And, there can no better occasion than auspicious day of Mahashivratri.

Scriptures proclaim that the 'Adi Gurdev' or primordial master of Sanatan Shastar Vidiya is Lord Shiva. Many ancient statues, idols and paintings of Shiva as Natraja show him performing the dance of rigour on two feet and with six arms. In fact, the dance of Shiva enshrines six bhavas or emotions and fast rhythm, aestheticism and energy.

Lord Shiva as Nataraja means "the Lord who dances on the dais". The form is present in most Shiva temples in South India, and is the prime deity in the famous Thillai Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram. The stoic face of Shiva as Natraja before the dance represents his neutrality, thus being in balance.

Natraja symbolizes dancing as worship in the form of an art in which the artist and his or her performance are one and the same to evoke the oneness of God and His creation. 

Thus, Natraja is a visual interpretation of supreme spirit and a dance posture of Lord Shiva which works as an inspiration to see dancing a spiritual act that lifts the soul.

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