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Chidambaram City Guide

Famous as the land of the Lord Nataraja (the Cosmic Dancer), Chidambaram is one of the pilgrimage centers and holy places in India. It is 240 km south of Chennai and a well-known industrial city in eastern Tamil Nadu. This place is the home of eminent Nataraja Temple built during Cholas dynasty. The temple is distinctive not only for its devotion solely to the Bharatanatyam, but because of being among the rate temples where Lord Shiva is depicted by a statue rather than the traditional lingam.

The holy place is stretch over an area of 40 acres along with a gopuram on all sides. The eastern gopuram is located at a height of 40.8 m. and 108 dace poses and postures have been carved on it. The western tower also contains similar carvings whereas the northern gopuram is the tallest that is 42.4 m. high.

The statue of Lord Nataraja is placed in the kanaksabha, the top of which is coated with gold plates. The idol of Lord Shiva is a striking piece of figurine, which evokes a sense of constant movement. All the prominent dancers of India get together during the Natyanjali dance festival. They offer their dance and performances to Lord Nataraja. The celebration takes palce on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

The Annamalai University is also located here, which is another attraction.

Places to pay a trip to

Annamalai University

It is 2 Km away from the city of Chidambaram. It was set up by Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar. This university is one of the oldest and largest Universities in southern India. The university covers an area approx 1000 acres and its alumni are known to become great researchers and academicians in India as well as in several western countries.

Natarajar Temple

It is situated in the centre of the city, which covers an area of 40 acres. It is counted among the ancient holy places of Tamil Nadu. The roof of the chamber where the idol of Lord Shiva is installed is coated with gold plates. The idol represents air, one of the 5 elements of the universe and is identified as Akasa Lingam. Earlier this place of worship wasn't under the H.R & C.E power. But, in recent times it has been occupied by the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department.

Entrance fee Time to visit Camera Video camera Holidays
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Fairs, Festivals and Celebrations:
  • Chidambaram Bharathanattiyam Dance Festival Natyanjali the dance festival is a 5 days dance celebration, held annually at Chidambaram Natarajar Temple in the month of Feb/March. Eminent performers from all over the India take part and provide an outstanding performance.
  • The celebration of Brahmotsavam celebrated two times annually at Chidambaram is of utmost importance, as the festivals involve vibrant processions of carnival deities in the car over the streets. In the month of Margazhi that falls during Dec 15th to Jan 15th the grandest of these takes place, closing on the full-moon day related to the Arudra Darisanam celebration (Arudra Darisanam) is celebrated in Saivites shrines all over Tamilnadu.
  • The 2nd of the Brahmotsavam occurs in the month of Aani, the Tamil month that falls in June/ July, and it ends with Aani Tirumanjanam on the 10th day, in a way parallel to Arudra Darisanam in Margazhi.

Ways to Get in: Airways:

Trichy is the nearby airport at a distance of 185 Km and 4 hours drive.


Trichy is the nearby Railway station.

Places Distance Drive
Chennai 200 km 5 ½ hrs
Mahabalipuram 160 km 4 hrs
Pondicherry 70 km 2 hrs
Tanjore 120 km 3 hrs
Trichy 185 km 4 hrs