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nrttamurti (‘icon in the dancing posture’)
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Some deities of the Hindu pantheon
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are sometimes shown in the posture of
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dancing (nṛtta = dancing). They are hence called ‘nṛttamurtis’. The deities thus represented are: Siva, Gaṇapati,
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Kṛṣṇa and apsaras (celestial nymphs).
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Occasionally we come across some stories in the purāṇas describing the reasons for such dancing. Siva danced the tānḍava dance to please the gods who had assembled in Kailāsa and had requested him to exhibit it to them.
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Gaṇapati was immensely pleased and started dancing when the fourfaced Brahmā, the creator, bowed down low before him in great reverence!
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Kṛṣṇa’s dancing is connected with his subjugating the terrible serpent Kāliya who was residing in the river Yamunā, making its water highly poisonous.
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For the apsaras like Rambhā and Urvaśī, dancing is a part of their professional discipline.
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
 
nrttamurti (‘icon in the dancing posture’)
 
nrttamurti (‘icon in the dancing posture’)
 
Some deities of the Hindu pantheon
 
Some deities of the Hindu pantheon

Revision as of 09:19, 12 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

nrttamurti (‘icon in the dancing posture’)

Some deities of the Hindu pantheon

are sometimes shown in the posture of

dancing (nṛtta = dancing). They are hence called ‘nṛttamurtis’. The deities thus represented are: Siva, Gaṇapati,

Kṛṣṇa and apsaras (celestial nymphs).

Occasionally we come across some stories in the purāṇas describing the reasons for such dancing. Siva danced the tānḍava dance to please the gods who had assembled in Kailāsa and had requested him to exhibit it to them.

Gaṇapati was immensely pleased and started dancing when the fourfaced Brahmā, the creator, bowed down low before him in great reverence!

Kṛṣṇa’s dancing is connected with his subjugating the terrible serpent Kāliya who was residing in the river Yamunā, making its water highly poisonous.

For the apsaras like Rambhā and Urvaśī, dancing is a part of their professional discipline.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

nrttamurti (‘icon in the dancing posture’) Some deities of the Hindu pantheon are sometimes shown in the posture of dancing (nṛtta = dancing). They are hence called ‘nṛttamurtis’. The deities thus represented are: Siva, Gaṇapati, Kṛṣṇa and apsaras (celestial nymphs).

Nrttamurti.jpg

Occasionally we come across some stories in the purāṇas describing the reasons for such dancing. Siva danced the tānḍava dance to please the gods who had assembled in Kailāsa and had requested him to exhibit it to them. Gaṇapati was immensely pleased and started dancing when the fourfaced Brahmā, the creator, bowed down low before him in great reverence! Kṛṣṇa’s dancing is connected with his subjugating the terrible serpent Kāliya who was residing in the river Yamunā, making its water highly poisonous. For the apsaras like Rambhā and Urvaśī, dancing is a part of their profes¬sional discipline.