Why Shiva is called Nataraja? Is Shiva the king of something?
- 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).