WHY DOES CERN HAVE A STATUE OF LORD SHIVA

A statue of Lord Shiva can be seen at CERN, Switzerland which is one of the most renowned research centers in the world. However, in front of this nuclear research center, there stands a statue of Hindu God Lord Shiva. Meanwhile, the statue depicts Shiva in his most famous dance form; Tandav Nritya (Dance).

Lord Shiva in CERN

THE COSMIC DANCE OF SHIVA in CERN

The statue is a present from India to CERN celebrating their union and also celebrating CERN’s multicultural research facilities. Scientists from around the world with different cultures come and work towards finding some of the most unanswered fundamental questions of the universe.

ACCORDING TO CARL SAGAN WHAT DOES THE NATARAJ STATUE SYMBOLIZE:

Shiva is one of the main deities in Hinduism and his primary roles are destruction and re-creation.However, the destruction caused by Shiva is constructive as it gives rise to a new universe. As a result, a whole new creation begins from the scratch. He performs all this by the so-called Cosmic Dance. 

Belief is that Lord Shiva danced the universe into its existence. He has the power to make it move further and in the end, destroy it. Interestingly, the cosmic dance draws a parallel with the ‘cosmic dance’ of the subatomic particles; the particles that make up matter. Well, this statement was cited by one of the most popular scientists of the gone days, Carl Sagan. 

WHAT DOES QUANTUM FIELD THEORY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT LORD SHIVA AND CERN:

The quantum field theory states that the very existence of matter relies upon the dance of creation and destruction. For instance, let’s first consider a particle and an antiparticle pair. Secondly, make them go through the annihilation process in a particle accelerator. Large Hadron Collider is an example of a particle accelerator present in CERN. FInally, the process results in the formation of photon or energy. Therefore, you see, even destruction is necessary for creation.
Lord Shiva stands for that type of destruction that one would call Constructive Destruction paving the way for a whole new universe. 

MORE INTERPRETATIONS:

Aidan Randle-Conde is a post-doctoral student working at CERN. According to him, Shiva reminds us that the universe we live in, isn’t static. That means it’s always shaking up, and it’s always expanding. As a consequence, the universe isn’t stopping at any moment. Therefore, he shows us that we are still unaware of the answers of the most unanswered fundamental questions of the universe.   

IS TANDAV THE DANCE OF DEATH ?

Cosmic dance of death would work as a synonym for Tandav Nritya. Lord Shiva performs this cosmic dance at the very end of an age or generation to diminish or destroy the universe.

Therefore, CERN has the statue of Shiva to depict the above symbolisms. However, it also coincides with their goal of the quest for the answers to the most fundamental questions of the creation of the universe. 

Curious to know more, see here https://youtu.be/poT6NfxH93k

LABEL: Cosmic dance, Annihilation, Creation, Large Hadron Collider

AUTHOR: SOM ABHISEK.

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