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NATARAJA: 'Lord of the Dance' -  Incarnation of Lord Shiva (destroyer). He dances on the body of a demon who represents the ego, the false self who cries, "Me! Mine!"

Chola dynasty statue depicting Shiva dancing as Nataraja (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Shiva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

shiva dancing statue - dancing the universe into creation & destruction; creating harmony in meditation. The ring of fire depicts the cosmos coming into being.

shiva dancing statue - dancing the universe into creation destruction; creating harmony in meditation. The ring of fire depicts the cosmos coming into being.

ArdhaNariShvara-form of Lord Shiva. Shiva is sometimes represented as half-man, half-woman. His figure is split half way down the body, one half showing his body and the second half that of Parvati's. Indian bronze statue.

Ardhanarishvara form of Lord Shiva. Shiva is sometimes represented as half man, half woman. His figure is split half way down the body, one half showing his body and the second half that of Parvati's.

Dance of Shiva Cern Geneva Swizerland

Dance Of Shiva Photograph - Dance Of Shiva Cern Geneva Switzerland by Vickie Adams

La vache cosmique: Être libre ?

As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time

Mohini, Western Chalukyan, 11th c. CE, Karnataka - in Hindu mythology, is the name of the only female Avatar of the god Vishnu. She is portrayed as a femme fatale, an enchantress, who maddens lovers, sometimes leading them to their doom. Mohini is introduced into the Hindu mythos in the narrative epic of the Mahabharata. Here, she appears as a form of Vishnu, acquires the pot of Amrita (an elixir of immortality) from thieving asuras (demons), and gives it back to the Devas (demi-gods),

Mohini, Western Chalukyan, c. CE, Karnataka - in Hindu mythology, is the…

Shiva as 'Lord-of-Dance' ('Nataraja'), Chola period (880-1279), ca. 11th century - Tamil Nadu, India - Currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City - Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Museum of Art, NYC. Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), Chola period century Tamil Nadu, India.

Shiva in Padmasana Lotus Pose Hindu Statue Figure Figurine Buddha by Things2Die4, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004OUF55C/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_Kn3Nrb0SVTYR4

Shiva in Padmasana Lotus Pose Hindu Statue Figure Figurine Buddha

Japa mala is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists, usually made from 108 beads, though other numbers, usually divisible by 9, are also used. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.

Japa mala is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists, usually made…

Nataraja, Shiva as the King of Dance,   South India, Chola period (900-13th Century)

ART OF THE DAY: From the CMA's west wing galleries (now open!): Nataraja, Shiva as the Lord of Dance, South India, Tamil Nadu, Chola period Century)

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