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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