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Thillai Kali Amman Temple, Chidambaram
(4.3/5 based on 40 reviews on the web)
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Reviews
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  • Nothing great about this temple apart from the faith people have in it. A usual Kali temple in the middle of the town near Nataraja temple. 
  • A wonderful place to worship Goddess Parvathi, in the form Kali. The Presiding Deity is very lively. You can feel the power of the Goddess here. Devoted persons are sure to get the blessings sought. I...  more »
  • People visited the Nataraja Temple must see this mother. There was two temples in the yard. One diety can view from side. Nice atmosphere. Only Tamil language is spoken. 
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  • Great temple. Great significance. Great divine mother
  • Temple Famous for : In this temple, Mother Thillai Kali appears with four faces. She is facing west in a standing posture. Lord Dakshinamurthi appears in female form praised as Sri Kadambavana Dakshina Rupini grace the devotees from their shrines in the prakara. Chidambaram also known as Thillai is one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams representing five basic elements. One of the five dancing halls (Sabha) of Nataraja, Chidambaram is the Kanaka Sabha and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of the Cosmic Dancer. According to myothology, once a debate arose between Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi as to, who was more powerful among them. Lord Shiva claimed he was. Goddess Parvathi was too strong in her defence to establish her claim. Lord Shiva got angry, he cursed her to become an Ukra Kali. After that Goddess realizied her mistake, and begged Shiva for a remedy. Then Lord Shiva said that Shakthi as Ukra Kali will destroy the demons and protect Devas and men. He also asked her to perform penance for him in the Thillai (now Chidambaram). He performed a grant Ananda dance darshan to sages Patanjali and Vyakrapada. At that time, Shakthi joined as Shivakami . Thillai Kali is also known as Ellai Kali. Ellai means border, ie.,Kali at the border of Thillai. Those visiting Chidambaram temple, complete the pilgrimage with worship of Thillaikali. Lord Shiva and mother Shakthi had a dancing competition among themselves. Lord Shiva played his furious Ugra Thandava and raised his legs upward at a stage and asked Shakthi if she could play this. Shakthi could not do this, due to the inborn feminine traits. She became furious as she was defeated. Lord Brahma appeared there, praised Kali as Veda Nayaki and begged her to calm down with four faces representing the four Vedas. Kali responded to Brahma’s prayer and appeared before to him as Brahma Chamundeeswari. Goddess Thillai Kali graces the devotees with four faces from a separate shrine. Rarely, devotees can find, Lord Dakshinamurthy in a female form praised as Sri Kadambavana Dakshina Rupini. Goddess Maha Saraswathi blesses the devotees as Veena Vidyambica. Mother Thillaikali is the deity for Magam Star. So, it is belived that, those born in this star pray to her with abishekam and archanas to realise their wishes. The presiding deity of this temple is Sri Thillai Kali Amman. She is also known as Sri Thillai Amman, Sri Vada Badhira Kali and Sri Brahma Samundeeswari.
  • such a vibrant place..
  • divine and spiritual temple
  • Powerful Kali. Especially good for magam star