Indus valley - Dholavira - 05 The Wheel
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Wheel is extremely symbolic in all mystic systems. There can be eight spokes, six spokes and 12 spokes, each has a different though related meaning, they all relates to the cycles of life and evolution. The Wheel of fortune can have a varying number of spokes.
The Wheel of Fire – the Nataraja is a uniquely Shaivistic – [and adopted by Hindu] concept. It is based on the Wheel but more specifically the clock representing the spiritual path where the wheel of fire – symbolises purification, destruction and recreation. There are a number of stages during the spiritual path where ‘dross’ is burned away – learning, purification and rebirth, - as such the symbol applies to the whole path not just one stage.
Nataraja is literally The Lord (or King) of the Dance. Shiva. When the symbol is used in a statuette, the statue shows the Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to create, maintain and destroy the universe.
A description of the experience
A huge circular structure on the site is believed to be a grave or memorial, although it contained no skeletons or other human remains. The structure consists of ten radial mud-brick walls built in the shape of a spoked wheel.