the Cosmic Dancer

A small statuette of Nataraja, the lord of dance at the Anjuna Flea Market.

As the Lord of Dance, Nataraja, Shiva performs the tandava, the dance in which the universe is created, maintained, and dissolved. 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. source: Wikipedia

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