Theme: Spiritual

Nataraja – The Divine Dancer

The rhythm of life,
The pulse that sets the beat,
The measured mathematical monitor,
The ‘Taal’ that sets the pace.
“Tat -dhit-tom -nam -Tat-dhit-tom -nam
Tat-dhit-tom- ëam -Tat-dhit-tom -ëam

Nataraja – the distinguished dancer,
Majestic and magnanimous,
Atop the Himalayan heights,
Dancing with timeless, boundless energy.
Movements so vibrant
Even Nature stands still – so astounded!
Leaps and lounges,
Slides and stamps,
So loud! The Mother Earth vibrates with joy!

Nataraja  – the splendorous dancer,
The crescent moon peeping out of the knotted hair
The stars sparkling with breathtaking brightness
The beautiful ‘Ganga’
Playfully hiding behind His thick locks,
‘Vasuki’ – the female Cobra curled round his neck
Vigil, alert, yet unaffected by the luminous diamond jewellery,
Or the cassia leaves,
Tiger skin or the tight fitting breaches!

Nataraja  –the cosmic dancer,
Four ‘Hastas’ so scintillating! The right with Damaru,
The symbol of sound, speech and song!
The left Hasta with a ball of fire,
A sign of destruction and demolition!
A Hasta held in serene gesture to protect and to bless,
Yet, another Hasta stretched to attain salvation!
The right leg firmly stamping away ignorance,
The left leg raised high in search of supreme knowledge!
Nataraja – the magnificent posture,
The cycle of creation, existence and sustenance,
The rhythm maker of the magical sound!
Reverberating with measured accuracy!
The heartbeat so vital for a life’s existence,
So is the rhythmic beat so essential for a dancer!
Why this rhythmic dance and the awesome postures?
Is it just for merriment of the cognitive pleasures?
Or just for the thrill of an exciting moment? Just ponder!
The rhythm of life,
The pulse that sets the beat,
The measured mathematical monitor,
The ‘Taal’ that sets the pace.
Tat-dhit-tom- ëam -Tat-dhit-tom -ëam
Tat-dhit-tom- ëam -Tat-dhit-tom -ëam


More By  :  Geeta Radhakrishna

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Comments on this Poem

Comment Thank You so much ! I am humbled!!

Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
11-Jun-2015 12:26 PM

Comment Thanks for a gem of a poem!
Ananda Tandav of Lord Shiv ji is a splendid spectacle, so brilliantly presented in this poem. Praying to or thinking about Nataraja is a spiritually elevating experience.Regards.

T.S.Chandra Mouli
27-May-2014 07:11 AM

Comment So beautiful description of Nataraja ! Lord Shiv rarely repeated this dance,Whenever He feels happy or has some special purpose to do so,He dances holding his 'Damaru'.I salute Lord Shiv & His style.A lot of thanks for this historical creation.I also salute your wisdom.Again thanks.

Nathmal Sharma
18-May-2013 09:24 AM

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