[INDOLOGY] Nateshvar

Dr. T. Ganesan ganesan at ifpindia.org
Mon Jun 3 06:15:34 UTC 2013

Yes. It should logically and histortically mean only Siva. For, we have 
an ancient verse aabout the origin of the Mahesvarasuutra-s that are the 
fundamental to the Sanskrit Grammar. The verse runs:
     nRttaavasaane naTaraajaraajaH nanaada DhakkaaM nava pañcavaaram .
So Siva is not only NaTaraaja but naTaraajaraaja !!!
Also we find hundreds of images ... in stone , metal, etc. of NaTaraaja 
in all parts of the Bhaaratadesa.
The Saivasiddhanta philosophy attaches so much importance to the dance 
of Siva: the five divine acts (pañcakRtya)--creation, maintenance, , 
etc. which Siva performs are all linked with each one of the objects 
that naTaraaja holds and with His divine eternal dance.


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On 03-06-2013 11:17, Valerie J Roebuck wrote:
> I would think it would be S'iva, since Nat.es'a refers to him (in the 
> form often called Nat.ara-ja). 'Nat.es'vara' would seem to be a 
> logical development.
> Valerie J Roebuck
> Manchester, UK
> On 3 Jun 2013, at 05:29, Harsha Dehejia <harshadehejia at hotmail.com 
> <mailto:harshadehejia at hotmail.com>> wrote:
>> Friends~
>> Does the word Nateshvar refer to Krishna or Shiva?
>> Regards.
>> Harsha V. Dehejia
>> Ottawa, ON., Canada.


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