The Dance of Shiva

Nataraja (literally. The Lord (or King) of Dance) is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for god Brahma to start the process of creation.

A turtle is usually situated between Nandi (Shiva's vahana or vehicle) and the lingum. This turtle is Kurma. The turtle could be the great Akupura on whose back rests the entire cosmos. Some believe that this turtle is Kurma, Vishnu's avatar who held aloft mount Mandara, which the gods used as a churning staff when they churned the cosmic ocean. The turtle is also a symbol of Pratyahara or a yogic practice by which mystics dissociated themselves from all sensory stimulation and regressed into the world within, like the turtles could. Turtle is also a symbol of longevity in almost all Eastern cultures.

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