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Chidambaram Temple



Chidambaram is also referred to in various works such as Thillai (after the Thillai forest of yore in which the temple is located),Perumpatrapuliyur or Vyagrapuram (in honour of Saint Vyagrapathar).

The Temple is supposed to be located at the "Lotus heart of the Universe": Virat hridaya padma sthalam.

On the spot where the Lord displayed his dance of bliss, the nanda Thaandavam - a spot exactly south of the "Thirumoolataaneswar Temple".

The Lord is also hence referred to as the Sabhanayakar, meaning the Lord of the Stage.

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.

This gold-roofed stage is the sanctum sanctorum of the Chidambaram temple and houses the Lord in three forms:
 the "form" - the anthromorphological form as an appearance of Lord Nataraja, called the Sakala thirumeni.
 the "semi-form"  the semi-anthropomorphological form as the Crystal linga of Chandramouleswarar, the Sakala nishkala thirumeni.
 the "formless"  as the Space in Chidambara Rahasyam, an empty space within the sanctum sanctorum, the Nishkala thirume.

Brihadeshwarar Temple is also noted for its gold plated roof that adorn the sanctum sanctorum otherwise called as kanakasabha.

Lord natarajar,according to Hindu mythology is the cosmic dancer.
He is also called as "Lord of Dances".

Chidambaram Temple is having exquisite carvings giving importance to Bharahanatya postures,gestures,mudhras etc thus giving concrete evidences and throw light on the classical dance of tamilnadu.



Chidambara Temple is located in the heart of the temple town of Chidambaram,Cuddalore distrcit,Tamil Nadu.Chidambaram temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.The primary diety of chidambaram temple was Nataraja (Thillai Koothan - Shiva).

Natyanjali is the famous festivel in the Chidambaram temple.Chidambaram temple is also be called as Chidambaram Thillai Natarajar-Koothan Koil.Chidambaram Temple is one of the five holiest Shiva temples, each representing one of the five natural elements; Chidambaram represents akasha.

Chidambaram temple is an ancient and historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva Nataraja and Lord Govindaraja Perumal.It refers to the stage of consiuosness where the lord dances.The sculptures shows goddess fighting the buffalo-demon and warlike Skanda astride his peacock.

The Sangam classics refer to Viduvelvidugu Perumtaccan, respected clan of traditional Vishwakarmas, as being the chief architect of the temple renovation.

It depicts the Lord Shiva as the Lord of the dance Bharatanatyam.The presiding diety of the temple is represented by air,one of the five elements of the universe and is known as Akasa Lingam.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite Om Namahsivaya or your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.


  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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