Definition of Nataraja in English:


(also Nataraj)

Pronunciation /ˌnatəˈrɑːdʒə/


  • 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.