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Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Tamil Nadu

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Visit Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, one of the main shrines of Lord Shiva worship in India since the Classical period. The current design of the temple, adorned with bronze and stone statues depicting various religious deities, dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Admire the design's rich philosophical meaning, such as its nine gateways that symbolize the nine orifices in the human body. Likewise, the hall next to the Artha Mantapa features 18 pillars, recalling the 18 Puranas, or sacred Hindu writings. The temple stands tall over the Sivaganga, a tank that can be reached by a flight of stone stairs leading to the pool's base. Work out when and for how long to visit Chidambaram Nataraja Temple and other Chidambaram attractions using our handy Chidambaram trip builder.
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  • Nataraja temple in Chidambaram is a very rare temple, where saivites and vaishnavites can worship. The temple which is huge, large is just magnificent, The stone sculpture is possibly the best in the ...  more »
  • chidambaram lord shiva in the shape of aakasa linga instituted and lord nataraza idle will also be of great attraction to the toursists.archak made us to wait before akasa linga putting a curtain. whe...  more »
  • Was awestruck when we reached this beautiful temple..it's so magnanimous..we feel we are so small..the planning, the architecture, every detail is so well planned. We drove from pondicherry in the eve...  more »
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  • Nataraja Temple. Non government. Study for Chidambara Rahasya before going for appreciation. Photography inside Temple is not permitted. Lots of scope for development works. One of the largest premises within temple compound in world
  • Big temple!!! You may spend 2-3 hours to look around the temple. I would recommend, evening visit to the temple on the regular days. On the auspicious day of Sivarathri, there will be Nattiyanjali- where many bharathanatyam dancers would come all around the world to perform their talents dedicating to the Lord Shiva.
  • State of art infra. Got a chance to see the Chidambara ragasiyan 😇 during evening Pooja.
  • Ancient temple, an incident happened long ago in this temple was recreated by kamal Hassan in dashavataram movie. There's both Vishu and shiva sanidhis.
  • I saw thillai nataraja temple lots of mind blowing experience in chidambaram.

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