Interesting; Shiva in his Natraj form, symbolizes the Life Force, has a statue at CERN, Switzerland, home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is one of the premiere research institutes in the world.
Who is Shiva and Why he is in Natraj form?
Natraj form is Shiva as the lord of dance and dramatic arts. Nata-Raj: Nata meaning dance or performance, and Raj meaning king or the lord.
The cosmic dance of Shiva symbolizes the interplay of dynamic and static divine energy flow, containing the five principles of eternal energy: 1. Shrishti (creation, evolution),2. Sthiti (preservation, support),3. Samhara (destruction, evolution),4. Tirobhava (illusion),5. Anugraha (release, emancipation, grace).
The Dance has a Great Significance:
First, as you can see in the image, his Rhythmic Play which is source of all the movements within the Universe. That is represented by a circular frame surrounding the Lord Natraj.
Secondly, the purpose of dance by Natraj, is to release the souls of all humans from the trap of illusion.
Lastly, the dance formation depicted as the center of the universe, is actually within the heart.
What CERN says about Natraj statue: “The statue is a gift from India, celebrating CERN’s long association with India which started in the 1960’s and continues strongly today. It was unveiled by the Director General, Dr Robert Aymar, His Excellency Mr K. M. Chandrasekhar, Ambassador (WTO-Geneva) and Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Dept of Atomic Energy, India.”
CERN wishes to introduce the Rhythm of the Universe through modern Science and Technology, releasing all from the trap of illusion, and try to explain mysteries of the Universe.
Fritjof Capra, Physicist at CERN, explains the significance of Natraj statue at CERN:
“Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shiva in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics.”
“The Dance of Shiva symbolizes the basis of all existence. At the same time, Shiva reminds us that the manifold forms in the world are not fundamental, but illusory and ever-changing.”
“Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter.”