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Thillai Kali Amman Temple, Chidambaram

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  • We were in this temple on 06-03-2016 at 6.00pm.This temple is near in a small locality of Chidambaram. A very old MAA Kali temple, where devotees do there prayer in an old traditional way. They give l...  read more »
  • This Temple is on the outskirts of the city of Chidhambaram. Legend says that Lord Kaali moved here after losing to Lord Siva in the celestial dance contest. It was an argument that who is superior, e...  read more »
  • There is a myth in Chidambaram that after you visit the world renowned nataraja temple, you should visit this temple for your blessings to get fulfilled! Another myth is that there is a secret canal b...  read more »
  • 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‚Äôs 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.
  • Powerful Kali. Especially good for magam star
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