Having completed the first year of the Himalayan Academy Master Course, I have decided that the Nandinatha sampradaya is right for me spiritually. I asked Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami to choose a Hindu name for me. He gave me a choice of suitable names. I don’t feel it would be right to post about the names I did not choose, as they were all good names and for some people a different one would be the right choice. The name Tandava stood out though.
Tandava means the divine dance of Shiva, the eternal cosmic cycle of creation, sustainment, and destruction. It is written as ताण्डव in devanagari and transliterated as Tāṇḍava in IAST (the International Alphabet for Sanskrit Transliteration). The first “a” sounds like the “a” in father, and the second and third “a” sound like the “u” in mud is pronounced in Southern England and the USA. The “d” is prominently pronounced which is the normal way for British English speakers.
This wonderful name has special meaning for me, as it was the Image of the Nataraja with its Shakti and symbolism that started me on the Hindu path. I should emphasise that Hinduism has no rule about choosing a Hindu name, but the Himalayan Academy recommends it as part of the spiritual journey.