Model Question and Answers for APSC | Discuss the ‘Tandava’s dance as recorded in early Indian inscriptions.

Discuss the ‘Tandava’s dance as recorded in early Indian inscriptions.

Model Question and Answers for APSC |  Discuss the ‘Tandava’s dance as recorded in early Indian inscriptions.

Ans: Tandava, a dance form is associated with Lord Shiva. Shiva is also known as Nataraja, the Lord of Dance. There are two forms of Tandava - the Ananda Tandava and the Rudra Tandava.

Rudra Tandava - Shiva, the God of constructive destruction, transforms into his most vicious form while performing this Tandava. The Rudra Tandava often symbolises the destruction of the cosmos. It also signifies the release of the suppressed anger that germinates within.

Ananda Tandava is the dance of bliss where the intrinsic nature of Shiva emerges as Shivam where he is in his purest form - Satchidananda. A cause and its effect do not bind this experience of pleasure.

Ancient Hindu inscriptions narrate many incidents where Tandava was performed including

  • Shiva at the death of Sati, to express his grief and anger.
  • Krishna on the head of the serpent Kaliya
  • Indra at the birth of Jain Tirthkar Rishabhdev