ruler, when he beard of this Nadanta Tandavani, set out to master this final
accomplishment. While practicing the dance he realised the immense strain put upon his
body. Feeling that Lord Nataraja at Chidambaram must have felt the same strain while
dancing incessantly on one leg (right) only, he felt that a change of leg to
relieve the strain was necessary. So he prayed to Lord Siva
to make this change at Madurai. Lord Siva agreed to this request
of his devotee.
well-known Siva dance is the Evening or the Pradosha dance in the Himalayas, where Siva is
said to dance in the twilight, in the presence of Parvati, in order to relieve the
sufferings of His creatures. Sivajnana Siddhiyar explains the purpose of these dances to
be to secure "both kinds of fruits (1ham and Param) to countless souls".
Unmai Vilakkam says: "Driving away Maya, burning Karma, crushing Anava by grace
(Arul), raising the soul to the ocean of bliss-these are the works of the feet of our