'Nataraj' is the name given to the Hindu god, Shiva, in his role as the cosmic dancer and god of dramatic arts. Derived from Sanskrit, nata means "dance" and raja means "king." Hence, nataraja means "king of dance."
The popular belief that Shiva is the creator, preserver and destroyer is symbolized in the form of Nataraja.
He is typically depicted encircled by an arch of fire, symbolizing samsara (circle of death and rebirth) and the cosmic fire that consumes all and creates all.'
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