Lord Shiva is well known as Natrajan or Natraj – the Cosmic Dancer. Lord Shiva, or Siva, is one of the main Deities of Hinduism, worshipped as the paramount Lord by the Saivite sects of India. Shiva is one of the most complex gods of India, embodying seemingly contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. Shiva is usually worshipped as the Shiva linga. In images, he is generally represented as immersed in deep meditation or dancing the Tandava upon the demon of ignorance in his manifestation of Nataraja.