Chidambaram , Tamil Nadu


The town is known for the thillai Nataraja Temple,  and the annual chariot  festival held in the month of December-January (Tamil month Marghazhi).The traditional name of the temple complex, Chidambaram Tillai Nataraja-koothan Kovil. The main complex is dedicated to ShivaNataraja   and the complex contains shrines to deities such as Shivakami Amman, Ganesh, Murugan and Vishnu in the form Govindaraja Perumal. The temple's earliest structures were designed and erected by ancient craftsmen called Perumtaccan. 

 Teritiary sector involving tourism is the major occupation. The Tillai trees of the nearby pichavaram wetlands, the second largest mangrove in the world, extends to the temple area.  

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Thillai Natarajar Temple

The temple complex is spread over an area of 40 acres in the heart of the city. The main complex is dedicated to Shiva Nataraja. The temple's earliest structures were designed and erected by ancient craftsmen called Perumtaccan. 

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Pichavaram  has a well-developed mangrove forest. Pichavaram consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water covered with green trees. 

Thillai Kaliamman Temple

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, either 'Sivam' (Lord Siva) or Shakthi (Parvathi). In order to resolve thus, they performed a dance programme at Chidambaram in front of Vishnu, Bhrama and points. While they were playing dance, Siva was about to be defeated.

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