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Shiva takes the form of Nataraja to suppress Apasmara – the symbol of ignorance

Shiva takes the form of Nataraja to suppress Apasmara – the symbol of ignorance

the dwarf demon ‘Apasmara’, who represented ignorance challenged Lord Shiva. It was then that Lord Shiva took the form of Nataraja and performed the famous Tandava or the dance of destruction, eventually crushing the arrogant Apasmara under his right foot. Since Apasmara (ignorance) should not die to preserve the balance between knowledge and ignorance, it is believed that Lord Shiva forever remains in his Nataraja form suppressing Apasmara for eternity. His Nataraja avatar is a message that ignorance can only be overcome by knowledge, music, and dance.