visualise the demonstration of dance-Parvati, His consort, according
to agama sastras stands to the right, and the sage Bringi, or
Bhadrakali to the left. The prabhamandala around the dancing Siva
resembles the orb of the Sun. The ayes bear resemblance to that, of
the eyes of Kurari bird. Thus equipped, Siva dances and it
symbolises the five fold activities or the pancha kriyas - sristi
creation, sthiti - preservation, samhara - destruction, tirobhava
illusion and anugraha - grace. Listen to the meaning of the symbols
- creation emerges from the Dhamaru; protection from the abhayahasta;
destruction from fire, refuge and release from the foot held aloft.
This redeems souls from bondage and bestows on them eternal bliss.
this form and grasping its import, perhaps, Tirumular hails -
Chidambaram, the august seat where Nataraja performed Bhujangatrasa,
one of the nine principal varieties, is everywhere, everywhere His
dance. It takes place in the heart and self of every individual.
Lord Siva - the Pasupati snaps the pasa binding pasu to this
transitory sin-ridden world. The place where the Lord dances is the
smasana, symbolises as heart and the burnt out object is the ego or