“The Lord of Cosmic Dance” -“The sky of consciousness “Thillai Natarajar” Temple at Chidambaram


“Shiva” – The God of Everything. In South India, five temples were built for each of the five elementsEarth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. These are the “Pancha Bhuta Sthalas” (“Pancha” – Five, Bootha – elements and Sthala – location).Geographically, they are all in India.

1) The Ekambareswarar temple at Kanchipuram – The Lord “Prithivi Lingam” is worshipped in his manifestation as “Earth“.

2) The Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval, Trichy – The Lord “Appu Lingam” is worshipped in his manifestation as “Water“.

3) The Annamalaiyar Temple at Tiruvannamalai – The Lord “Agni Lingam” is worshipped in his manifestation as “Fire“.

4) The Kalahasti temple at Srikalahasti – The Lord “Vayu Lingam” is worshipped in his manifestation as “Air/Wind“.

5) The Thillai Nataraja temple at Chidambaram – The Lord “Anionic (Yoni) Lingam” is worshipped in his manifestation as “Space“.

Chidambaram Temple History:

Meaning of “Chidambaram” – “The sky of consciousness“, which is the ultimate aim one should attain according to all the “Vedas and scriptures“. Another theory the word “Chitrambalam” (chithu – “play or dances of God” and ambalam – “stage“.




The Chidambaram temple is an incredible space and the complex spread over 45 acres in the heart of the city. The temple life is 1,500 years old or more. Even in ancient times the historic temple is extremely large establishments and dedicated to Lord Shiva Nataraja and Lord Govindaraja Perumal. The people dedicated their whole life, they lived and died to create
these temples because it meant so much to them. 171-chidambaram


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insideThe temple has five courts. The Siva temple rebuilt at Chidambaram around 1213 AD. The temple has been traditionally administered by an endogamous group of “ Shaivite Brahmins” called Dikshitar, who also officiate as its priest. The temple sculptures depicting the Thillai trees date back to the 2nd century CE.

Natarajar – A Temple Legend:

A symbol of complete arrogance is first step of ignorance” and “Lord Shiva is the truth and He is beyond magic and rituals” – Convey the message to the world the lord shiva was appearance in Chidambaram – The story of Chidambaram begins into the “Thillai Vanam” with Lord Shiva and His consort Vishnu into. the Thillai Vanam (vanam meaning forest and thillai trees, a species of mangrove trees). Find more, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thillai_Nataraja_Temple,_Chidambaram

How a Bharathanatium Dancer should dance?

– The demon under Nataraja’s feet signifies that ignorance is under his feet.
– The Fire in this hand (power of destruction) means destroyer of evil.
– The raised hand signifies that he is the savior of all life.
– The Ring at the back signifies the cosmos.
– The drum in his hand signifies the origin of Life.

The famous figure of Shiva as Nataraj - Lord of the Dance

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These are the main things that the Nataraja murti and the celestial dance posture depict. A rare type of thandava posture is seemed in Melakadambur temple nearby 32 km from Chidambaram. In this Karakoil, Nataraja dancing on a bull and deva’s rounds the structure it’s a pale art being kept in this shrine.

Special features:

Chidambara Rahasyam “The secret of Chidambaram’ – States of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases. and The characteristics of “plasmas are significantly different from those of ordinary neutral gases. You can find the fourth states  of matter about “plasmas” @ Chidambaram temple. More visit http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-blogs/seekers/pilgrimage/the-secret-of-chidambaram-546119?ref=yfp


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 Änanda Thaandavam – a spot exactly south of the “Thirumoolataaneswar temple“, today is the Ponnambalam/ Porsabai (Pon meaning gold, Ambalam/Sabai meaning stage) housing  The Lord Shiva in his dancing form. The Lord is also hence referred to as the Sabhanayakar.ratham

This gold-roofed stage is the sanctum sanctorum of the Chidambaram temple and houses the Lord in three forms:
The “form” – The anthro morphological form as an appearance of Lord Nataraja, called the Sakala Thiru Meni.
The “semi-form” – The semi-anthro promorphological form as the Crystal linga of Chandramouleswarar, the Sakala nishkala Thiru Meni. The “formless” – as Space in Chidambara Rahasyam, an empty space within the sanctum sanctorum, the Niskala Thiru Meni.

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Temple Timings: Opening hours: 6 AM till 12 PM and 5 PM till 10 PM.

Daily Pooja:

The daily pooja’s held this temple by Dikshitar, Moring at 6.30 AM to Afternoon at 12.00 and Evening at 5 PM to till 10 PM.

More details about Darshan Time, Daily Pooja, Abhisheka, http://www.chidambaramnataraja.org/darshan_time.html

Temple Routes:

235 Km from Chennai to Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. Bus tickets availablewww.oasisbus.com/
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Madurai to Chidambaram, Online bus reservation @ www.oasisbus.com/

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