Nataraja (also known as Shiva Nataraja) is one of the three Hindu gods who are believed to be the cause of destruction, creation, and sustenance of the world. Shiva is the god of destruction, but he is also depicted in other forms in order to represent other concepts. Among the most popular statues of Shiva that you will find is the Nataraja. The Nataraja represents the god Shiva as a dancer doing the divine Tandavam dance, which is meant to annihilate the universe and prepare it for its renewal.

The Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant symbol. It is a combination of Shiva’s roles as a creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe, and it also represents the Hindu conception of the infinite cycle of time. In the Nataraja statue, you will see Shiva performing his dance within a halo on fire. You can also see the god holding in his right hand the damaru, which is the hand drum that made the first sounds of the creation of the universe. Meanwhile, his upper left hand can be seen holding agni, or the fire that will annihilate the universe.  His lower right hand is making the gesture abhayamudra, which diminishes fear. His right foot can be seen trampling a dwarf-like figure, which symbolizes the apasmarapurusha, or illusion. The god’s front left hand, which can be seen pointing to his raised left foot, represents a haven for the troubled soul. His hair can be seen flying because of his dance. The Nataraja statue represents Shiva’s power to give salvation to his devotees. 

If you want to own a Nataraja brass statue, make sure to always remember the rules in terms of the statue’s placement. It is best to place the Nataraja on an altar. If there’s no altar, an elevated table will do. Never put statues of Shiva on the floor. In buying brass Nataraja statues, it is best to buy form a reputable online store. There are online stores that source their products from local Indian artisans, and you can make sure that your statue will be unique and rare if you buy from them.