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published: 1/10/05

Shiva Nataraja Statues

Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, is also known as Nataraja, the Lord of Dancers (In Sanskrit, Nata means dance and raja means Lord) or the Cosmic Dancer. The visual image of Nataraja achieved canonical form in the bronzes cast under the Chola dynasty in the 10th century AD, and then continued to be reproduced in metal, stone and other substances right up to the present times. For more information on the symbolism of Shiva Nataraja, see the article "Shiva: The Auspicious One."

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