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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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  • Chidambaram Nataraja is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located around 280 kM south of Chennai, The temple is actually a huge complex and has seen many renovations in its history, during the d...  more »
  • The temple complex is huge. Wonderful architectural design. We went soon after Diwali so there was no rush in the temple. We had a nice darshan. However if you pay 100 Rs per head you can go near and ...  more »
  • visited the temple in the morning at 9 am which was less crowded and able to spend time in observing the architectural marvel and paintings. A big temple which need to be maintained with utmost care a...  more »
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  • Chidambaram Nataraja temple is an ancient bigtemple in the world Of panchabhootas Chidambaram denotes Akash or sky u will be wonder to see main gopur seems to touch sky Temple roof is made of 21600 gold sheets with 9 gold kalasas on the golden roof
  • Our LORD natarajar temple is the symbol of our(tamil) ancient architecture,this temple has four tower,each of them facing a direction(east,west,north&south) and in the middle lord nataraja dancing aggressively, there is a special place near pond(theppakulam) inside the temple,from there only one can visually see all four tower. This temple is the home of ever papuler classical dance "BHARATHANATIYAM",lord "NATARAJA" is the prime god of this temple.its worth to visit this temple for devotion & knowing ancient culture. Geographically kalahasthi temple,kanchi and natarajar built in an straight line.moreover this temple approximately more than thousand(1000) years old.also temple reserves famous (chidambara ragasiyam) secrets of chidambaram. Also this temple has a "1000 piller hall" which was the place for dancing.so whenever gets chance come and see the beauty of this temple.
  • Chidambaram Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the heart of the temple town of Chidambaram,Tamil Nadu).The temple , 78 km south of Pondicherry and 235 Km from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state of southeastern India. The Sangam classics refer to Viduvelvidugu Perumtaccan, respected clan of traditional Vishwakarmas, as being the chief architect of the temple renovation. There have been several renovations in its history, particularly during the days of Pallava/Chola emperors in ancient and pre-medieval periods. Chidambaram is one of the five holiest Shiva temples, each representing one of the five natural elements; Chidambaram represents akasha (aether). The other four temples in this category are: Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara,Trichy (water), Kanchi Ekambareswara (earth)Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire),Thiruvanna malai and Kalahasti Nti Temple The temple complex spread over 50 acres in the heart of the city. It is an ancient and historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva Nataraja and Lord Govindaraja Perumal, one of the few temples where both the Shaivite and Vaishnavite deities are enshrined in one place.To the followers of Shaivism (Saivism) or the saivaite, the very word koil refers to Chidambaram. In the same way, to the followers of Vaishnavism it refers to Srirangam or Thiruvarangam. (Meaning of Chidambaram) The word Chidambaram may be derived from chit, meaning "consciousness", and ambaram, meaning "sky" (from aakasam or aakayam); it refers to the chidaakasam, the sky of consciousness, which is the ultimate aim one should attain according to all the Vedas and scriptures.Another theory is that it is derived from chit + ambalam. Ambalam means a "stage" for performing arts. The chidakasam is the state of supreme bliss or aananda and Lord Natarajar is the symbolic representation of the supreme bliss or aananda natanam. Saivaites believe that a visit to Chidambaram leads to liberation.Yet another theory is that it is derived from the word chitrambalam, from chithu meaning "play or dances of God" and ambalam meaning "stage" Special features A unique feature of this temple is the bejeweled image of Nataraja. It depicts the Lord Shiva as the Lord of the dance Bharatanatyam and is one of the few temples where Shiva is represented by an anthropomorphic murthi rather than the classic, anionic Lingam. The Cosmic Dance of Lord Nataraja symbolises the motion of the universe as sustained by Lord Shiva. The temple has five courts.Aragalur Udaya Iraratevan Ponparappinan (alias Vanakovaraiyan) rebuilt the Siva temple at Chidambaram around 1213 AD. The same Bana Chief also built Tiruvannamalai temple.The temple has been traditionally administered by an endogamous group of shiavite brahmins called Dikshitar, who also officiate as its priest. Temple Story The story of Chidambaram begins with the legend of Lord Shiva strolling into the Thillai Vanam (Vanam meaning forest and thillai trees - botanical name Exocoeria agallocha, a species of mangrove trees - which currently grows in the Pichavaram wetlands near Chidambaram. The temple sculptures depicting the Thillai trees date back to the 2nd century CE).
  • One of the greatest temples in the world. Beautiful architecture and full of history. The temple has divya desam inside.
  • Avanitri anuvum asaiyathu