Southern part of India is busy in festive celebrations throughout the year and the festivals are not only limited to religious rituals but they symbolise many different sections of the culture of that particular region. Natyanjali is one such festival celebrated to honour Lord Nataraja the god of dancers.
As per Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is the strongest deity and Lord Nataraja is its dancing incarnation. This incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped by the dancers, who believe him to be the master of many dance forms. Tandava is his aggressive dance depicting the cycle of creation, preservation and finally destruction. The lord of dance is shown to be in a violent mood in Tandava, whereas Ananda Tandava describes him in an enjoying mood. Natyanjali festival which is observed in the month of February is devoted to the supreme lord of dance which continues for four days. Beginning on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri it observes hordes of dancers converging at Kodaikanal in order to attend this event as well as pay their respects to Lord Natraja by offering their dance performances. So this festive period is supposed to be the best time to visit kodai and witness a massive rally of live dance performances.