Why Shiva is called Nataraja? Is Shiva the king of something?



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  • Nat (Sanskrit word) stands for dance
  • Raj (Sanskrit word) stands for sovereign or king.

It is believed that Shiva does dance called Tandava when it is required to destroy the universe. This dance (Tandava) of Shiva is believed as vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution.

Due to it's significance of controlling the universe by energy of dance (Tandava), Shiva is called supreme lord of dance i.e Natraj (नटराज).

  • Yes, even honey bees and other bees also dance and that vibration tells other bee where the food is. How magical it is!! When they are near honeypot they dance with gravity and when they search foods they dance with the angle of sun light. Magic of shiva....!!!!
    – prem30488
    May 25, 2016 at 8:43

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