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nadanta

[नदान्त] nādanta. Myth. cosmic dance of Siva-Nataraja.

This dance "stops the noise" of the universe in its final dissolution; represented in bronze idols in South India: Shiva holds in his upper right hand a drum [Damarin] symbolizing the primordial sound and in his hand top left a flame symbolizing the destruction of the world, his lower right hand is in abhaya mudra symbolizing the divine protection, his left hand below shows his left foot raised symbolizing the hope of liberation, the right foot resting on the epileptic dwarf Apasmarapurusa symbolizing ignorance, all surrounded by a halo of fire [prabhavali].  This dance is also called anandatandava