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HINDU GOD - Shiva
Lord Shiva performs his mystic cosmic dance to keep life active in the
cosmos and to guide devotees in attaining liberation. The dance of Siva
& his consort Parvati reflect both the vigorous and masculine
Tandavam and the tender and graceful Lasya, which represent the
108 postures of his cosmic dance
Shiva danced of his own volition - 18 postures
danced along with his Devi - 36 postures
danced along with Vishnu - 9 postures
danced for Lord Muruga - 3 postures
danced for other Devas - 42 postures.
Lord Dakshinamurthy is seen as Saambaya Dakshinamurthy (seen in the
seated posture with his ambigai Shanti Devi) in the Sri Palli
Kondeswaran Koil in Suruttapalli with His hand resting on Nandi Deva's
The Devas and Asuras got together to churn the ocean, using Mandramalai
& Vaasuki, the snake. As they continued to churn the ocean, Vaasuki
the snake began to tire and started spewing its poison. Siva came and
consumed all the poison. Goddess Parvati rushed and held his neck so
that the poison would not spread to the whole of his body. Thus Siva
became blue up to his throat and is also known by the namavali
"Neelakandan" ( neela-blue colour from poison, kandam-throat).
Lord Siva exists in every life born. He therefore stayed still for a day
in order that the poison in his body does not affect all the lives.
This day is "Ekadasi". The Devas also prayed to Lord Siva & fasted
on that day. They partook of meals on the next day, "Dvadasi". Lord Siva
was pleased & danced on the next day, "Triyodasi", in the evening
(Sandhyaakaalam) with his damaru & Soolam in between Nandi Devas
Horns. This day is "Pradosham". It is believed that all the Devas &
Gods are assembled in the Siva temples during Pradosham time. Further,
the first pradosham was on a Saturday & hence "Sani Pradosham" is
even more auspicious.