Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva’s Tandava

The Tandava or Celestial dance of Lord Shiva is extremely thrilling and charming, exquisitely graceful in pose and rhythm and intensely piercing in effect.The dance of Lord Shiva is for the welfare of the world.

How the Tandav dance originated is explained in the following shloka:प्रयोगमुद्धतं स्मृत्वा स्वप्रयुक्तं ततो हरः । तण्डुना स्वगणाग्रण्या भरताय न्यदीदिशत् ।। लास्यमस्याग्रतः प्रीत्या पार्वत्या समदीदिशत् । बुद्ध्वाऽथ ताण्डवं तण्डोः मत्र्येभ्यो मुनयोऽवदन् ।।

He is not the destroyer but He is the regenerator. He is the Mangala Data and Ananda Data, bestower of auspiciousness and bliss.The undifferentiated sound becomes differentiated through the vibration set up by the movements of His Damaru or drum.

Tandava: The Most Difficult Dance

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

Shiva not only destroys the world but also frees Jiva (embodied souls) from bondage.

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

NATARAJA – Lord Shiva is also known as Nataraja, the Dancing God. Traditionally, it is believed that Nataraj is the promoter of dance.

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

Shiva also makes his divine consort Goddess Parvati perform the LASYA dance with great enthusiasm.

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

Shiva assumes the form of BHAIRAVA or VEERABHADRA  and performs this fearsome dance with the spirit attendants in a “Samshan”.

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

Shiva is not only a Dancer, he is an Observer too.

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

Shiva remembered and showed the UDDHAT dance – that he had performed earlier known as TANDU.

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

Shunya to Shrusti is the eternal dance of Shiva and Shakti. The ARDHNARISHWARA is the essence of what it is ..!!

Ferocious Pictures Of Lord Shiva's Tandava

When Shiva dances, all heavenly bodies respond. Saraswati Devi is said to be playing the veena (the stringed musical instrument), Indra is said to be playing the flute, Brahma is said to keep rhythm, Lakshmidevi is said to be singing, Vishnu is said to be playing the mrudanga (a type of drum) and all other deities stand around watching the dance…

Shiva is the Master or expert dancer. He is the King of dancers. He quelled the pride of Kali. Lord Siva’s destruction is not a single act but is a series of acts. There is a different kind of dance at every stage.May Lord Nataraja, the great dancer help you in the attainment of Sivanandam or the eternal bliss of Siva!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Rgyan this is an interesting read, though somethings I would put a little differently like Nataraja is not just dance, Nataraja is the Adiguru of Natyashastra which is the textbook of Indian Dramaturgy, of which Tandava Lakshana is a small part, the dance adepts today claim it as their own, me included. When Tandu presented the first performance it was lack luster, so shiva added the Arbatti, or Uddata that eventually came to be- called Tandava, it was still incomplete so Parwati, not on Shiva’s behest but her own intrinsic. creative urge adds the Kaishiki vritti which eventually came to be called the Lasya. — These inputs are from Natyashastra, Abhinaya Darpana, Lasya Ranjana and BhavaPrakashana.

    • That was a great insight Parwati. We will for sure do deeper research into it and come back with a more informed article. 🙂

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