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The name for: Siva, the Hindu god of creation and dissolution, in his role as lord of the dance, symbolizing cosmic energy. Also: a representation (especially a statue or figure, etc.) depicting Siva in this role.
Late 19th century. From late Sanskrit Naṭarāja, lit. ‘prince of dancers’ from Sanskrit naṭa dancer, actor + rājan prince, king.
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