Friday, 2 July 2021

Ananda Tandava Of Nataraja - 12



Naṭarāja : Dhyāna-mūrti

The dhyāna-śloka-s of Ānanda-Tāṇḍava Naṭarāja deserve to be taken note of too. They record every detail that the aspirant has to bear in mind.

caturbhujaṁ triṇetraṁ ca prasārita-jaṭānvitam |

gaura-varṇa-samāyuktaṁ barhi-piñcha-samanvitam ||

maulau dakṣiṇa-dhattūram ardha-candra-samanvitam |

dakṣiṇe sva-jaṭāgre tu jāhnavyā parimaṇḍitam ||

vāma-karṇe patrabhṛtam dakṣiṇe nakra-kuṇḍalam |

sarvā'bharaṇa-saṁyuktam upavīta-samanvitam ||

vyāghrā'jināṁbaropetaṁ pāda-kiṅkiṇikā-yutam |

prasārita-bhujaṁ vāme dakṣiṇe'bhaya-hastakam ||

ḍamaruṁ savya-haste tu vahniṁ vai vāmake dadhat |

vakraṁ tu dakṣiṇaṁ pādam apasmāropari-sthitam ||

ūrdhvagaṁ vāma-pādaṁ tu pādāgraṁ dakṣiṇānugam |

  

चतुर्भुजं त्रिणेत्रं च प्रसारित-जटान्वितम् |

गौर-वर्ण-समायुक्तं बर्हि-पिञ्छ-समन्वितम् ||

मौलौ दक्षिण-धत्तूरम् अर्ध-चन्द्र-समन्वितम् |

दक्षिणे स्व-जटाग्रे तु जाह्नव्या परिमण्डितम् ||

वाम-कर्णे पत्रभृतम् दक्षिणे नक्र-कुण्डलम् |

सर्वा'भरण-संयुक्तम् उपवीत-समन्वितम् ||

व्याघ्रा'जिनांबरोपेतं पाद-किङ्किणिका-युतम् |

प्रसारित-भुजं वामे दक्षिणे'भय-हस्तकम् ||

डमरुं सव्य-हस्ते तु वह्निं वै वामके दधत् |

वक्रं तु दक्षिणं पादम् अपस्मारोपरि-स्थितम् ||

ऊर्ध्वगं वाम-पादं तु पादाग्रं दक्षिणानुगम् |

Naṭarāja has four hands and three eyes. His jaṭā-s (matted hair) are outstretched. He is fair in complexión. He is adorned with the peacock's plume.Upon his head we see dhattūra and the digit of the Moon. At the tip of his jaṭā on the right side, Gaṅgā adorns Him.There is the patra-decoration on His left ear. There is the makara-kuṇḍala ornament on his left ear. He is embellished with all ornaments. He dons the upavīta. He wears the hide of a tiger. On His foot is the anklet.While the left hand is stretched, the right one sports the Abhaya-mudrā – freedom from fear. Another right hand holds the ḍamaru, while the left one holds fire. The right foot is a little bent, and is placed over Apasmāra.The left foot is shot upwards, and the tipo f the toe follows the right one.

These descriptions are naturally pertinent in the context of a discussion of the symbolism.





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