• Dr Ramanathan Srinivasan Emeritus Professor, Institute of Management & Commerce, Srinivas University, Mangaluru
  • Prof P. S. Aithal Professor, Institute of Management & Commerce, Srinivas University, Mangaluru


Hinduism, Celestial Dance, Mysticism, Symbolism, Cosmic Creations, Lord Nataraja's Enigmatic Dance


The enchanting artistry of Lord Nataraja embodies Lord Shiva within Hindu mythology, offering a captivating spectacle. Through exploration, this dance reveals multifaceted layers, shedding light on creation's rhythmic beats and destruction's force of dissolution. By examining Lord Nataraja's enigmatic pose, the mysteries behind its deeper import and sacred essence are being demystified. Ancient scripts, paintings, and philosophical traditions all contribute to an insightful exploration of Shiva, uncovering the rich tapestry of his identity and a narrative that spans the limits of time and place while providing keen insights into the fundamental nature of existence and spirituality according to Hindu cosmovision. Through a detailed analysis of the Nataraja pose, this paper uncovers the hidden meaning behind each element, starting with Shiva's dance floor, fire, serpent, raised leg, and multiple arm postures. Shining light on their meaning within Hinduism, the symbols represent creation, preservation, and destruction while also exploring their philosophical and spiritual interpretations.


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Dr Ramanathan Srinivasan, & Prof P. S. Aithal. (2023). DECODING THE COSMIC DRAMA: UNRAVELLING THE SYMBOLISM AND ICONOGRAPHY OF LORD NATARAJA’S ENIGMATIC DANCE. International Education and Research Journal (IERJ), 9(9). Retrieved from