A symbol of the rhythmic motion of creation and life, Lord Shiva's Nataraja posture is given a resplendent touch. Indeed a paradigm of sculptural excellence.
The spectacular brass figure of Lord Shiva performing his cosmic dance is given a refine and detail treatment. Nataraja (The King of Dance) is the dancing posture of the Shiva, who performs his divine dance as a part of his divine duties of creation and destruction. The Lord is dancing in a circle of flames, lifting his left leg and balancing over a demon or dwarf (Apasmara). The dwarf symbolizes ignorance.
The upper right hand holds a small drum shaped like an hourglass that is called a damaru in Sanskrit. It symbolizes sound originating Creation.
The upper left hand contains Agni or fire, which signifies destruction.
The second right hand shows the Abhaya mudra (meaning fearlessness in Sanskrit), bestowing protection from both evil and ignorance to those who follow the righteousness of dharma.
The second left hand points towards the raised foot, which signifies uplift and salvation. The hand also symbolises the trunk of the elephant-headed Ganesha, son of Shiva, known as the remover of obstacles and a symbol of strength.
As the Lord of Dance, Nataraja, Shiva performs the tandava, the dance in which the universe is created, maintained, and resolved. Shiva's long, matted tresses, usually piled up in a knot, loosen during the dance and crash into the heavenly bodies, knocking them off course or destroying them utterly.
The surrounding flames represent the manifest Universe.
The snake swirling around his waist is kundalini, the Shakti or divine force thought to reside within everything.