There are many different dance poses and forms of shiva and predominantly people associate his dance with destruction. Its very wrong for his dance is the dance of creation. I present to you this truly amazing confluence of man’ art and divine grace…a dancing shiva from Ellora


Amidst all the destruction around it, you can still see the amazing poise, grace …of an exuberance of life, of spontaneous joy…divine bliss. This is the essence of this sculpture…where the pinnacle of human art is towering, almost reaching the borders of divine creation. The sculptor couldn’t maybe infuse live into the creation, but we can surely say that he stopped just short of that…..truly beauty beyond compare ….

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Unable to see the photo!!! !Please help.

September 4th, 2008 at 11:55

hi vj, the second one is not nataraja.It is Gajasamharamorrthy.See the twistedbody.

September 14th, 2009 at 4:16

dear anandhi

Not sure if this is Gajasamharam. Though the lower portion are totally eroded, you do see the outline of the feet, but no elephant head. similarly what is left of the hands and fingers are purely dance and no evidence of either elephant hide or the feet. checked a few ref and they do refer to this as dance of shiva.


September 15th, 2009 at 14:11

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