Draupadi prays to Krishna: "Krishna!" she cried. "O Govinda! O Keshava! O beloved of the gopis and Lord of Vrindavana! O Janardana, You are the destroyer of all affliction. I am sinking into the Kaurava ocean. O Lord, O soul of the universe, O creator of the world, save me! I am distressed and losing my senses in this evil assembly!"~Mahabharata
Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja) As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time. The symbols in the art imply that, through belief in Shiva, devotees can achieve salvation.