Todays WordPress The Daily Post topic is Say Your Name!! Which asks three questions about my name…
Are you named after someone or something?
My name is Anand Nataraj and I’m named after Lord Nataraj(Lord of Dance) who performs a Anandha(Happy) Thandavam(Dance). So, I’m named Anand Nataraj.
Also I hail from the temple town of Chidambaram where the famous Natarajan temple is located!!
Are there any stories or associations attached to it?
This is no story behind my naming… I’m just names after the famous Temple & God where I hail from… To be frank my association with dance is just with the name.. I don’t know A.B.C of dance!!!
But I can share the concept behind Lord Nataraja;
- A cobra uncoils from his lower right forearm, and the crescent moon and a skull are on his crest. He dances within an arch of flames. This dance is called the ”Dance of Bliss”, ”aananda taandavam”.
- The upper right hand holds a small drum shaped like an hourglass…
- The upper left hand contains ”Agni” or fire, which signifies destruction. The opposing concepts in the upper hands show the counterpoise of creation and destruction or the fire of life.
- The second right hand shows the ”Abhaya” mudra (meaning ”fearlessness”), bestowing protection from both evil and ignorance to those who follow the righteousness of ”dharma”.
- The second left hand points towards the raised foot which signifies upliftment and liberation. It also points to the left foot with the sign of the elephant which leads the way through the jungle of ignorance.
- The dwarf on which Nataraja dances is the demon Apasmara, which symbolises Shiva’s victory over ignorance. It also represents the passage of spirit from the divine into material.
- As the Lord of Dance, Nataraja, Shiva performs the tandava, the dance in which the universe is created, maintained, and dissolved. Shiva’s long, matted tresses, usually piled up in a knot, loosen during the dance and crash into the heavenly bodies, knocking them off course or destroying them utterly.
- The surrounding flames represent the manifest Universe.
- The snake swirling around his waist is Kundalini, the Shakti or divine force thought to reside within everything. This also parallels the cords of life worn by the Brahmins to represent the second rebirth.
- The stoic face of Shiva represents his neutrality, thus being in balance.
If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
Definitely not!!! This is the name I’m identified with for this many years and it is something which is chosen by my parents and grand parents. I’d proudly live with this name forever!!
It is always feels good to visit your native where your ancestors lived and belonged!! I use to visit my native Chidambaram every year, it was 1990’s which made this place more memorable!!
Those days it was dirty, smelly & people’s attire showed they were from a rural place!! These day the town has improved a lot on cleanliness & people way of dressing!! It is coming close to urban standards!!
I keep visiting relatives, dad’s friends, Nataraja temple and movies as a child!!
On completing my graduation and after getting busy with work there was no time for friends, relatives, temple and movie!!! Still I went to Chidambaram which was go & come the same day visits, which was mainly for offering Pooja for our community God!!!
This week I’ve made sure I stay and cherish my childhood life back!! Unfortunately I couldn’t visit relatives, friends & Nataraja temple.. It was a tiring drive and work as always!!!
But I went for a drive around this small town and went for a movie which I remember going almost 13 years back!!!
Then closed my day watching Aranmanai 2 at Lena Theatre!!
Finally could live a small part of my childhood!!!
Chidambaram is my native and I’ve been traveling to this place at least once a year.
As a kid it use to be dirty, congested and a very under developed town.
There were no auto rickshaw until I was 13 and no A/C theatre until I was 19.
Today there are fancy cars, Stage of art schools, super markets and what not.
Nice to see my native catching pace with development!!!
Visited this supermarket on the outskirts of the town. Surprised to see this because these were a luxury inside the town once and nice to see even the outskirts grow!!
It was suddenly planned by my mother to offer prayers to our Kuladeivam… So, we decided to drive to Chidambaran today & I had to wait for my father and he returned from work only by 3.40PM and we started at 4.30 PM finally… On reaching Porur By-pass toll we had to wait for 20 min to cross it because of the crowd… Then it was traffic until Chengelpet Toll…
From then it was smooth drive listening to Chennai Suriyan FM until Thindivanam Toll & again 20 KM from there we got Pondy Suriyan FM… After reaching Pondy we filled the tank and then we stopped at a Palagan for flavored milk & Kulfi in the entrance of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College…
Then we reached my aunts house by 9 o clock and after having dinner I went for a small walk to buy some Bananas… Then I took a small walk around the place where I spent as a child… I was startled to see those areas getting neat and posh… All Muttram sandhu (Urine Streets) becoming neat & pleasant to walk… Lots of old houses giving space to apartments…
When I got the builders number and called them I was surprised to know that it costs Rs.4000 per sq. ft. which means it is Rs.40 Lakh for a 1000 sq ft house… Anyways I was happy to see such small towns getting on par with City’s…