Chidambaram is located at a distance of 250 kilometers from Chennai the capital city of Tamil Nadu, South India. During your tours to temples of Tamil Nadu, India this is one temple town that you must pay a visit to. The Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is an excellent example of a unique amalgamation of a number of architectural styles. The innermost sanctum inside the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple has idols of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. The Chitsabha inside the temple is an interesting piece of architecture. This shrine is built of wood and is supported with pillars that are also made of wood. The other fascinating and important shrine located inside the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is the Govindaraja Perumaal.
Chidambaram is 250 Kms south of Chennai. It is on the railway main line. Roughly this is in the middle, between Chennai and Tiruchirapalli. Chidambaram can be reached by bus. Bus routes connect this town to various places in Tamil Nadu.
Glory of the legend !
This temple was concealed behind the veil of mystery for centuries,but its known sublimity in records begins with the visit of Hiranya Chakravarthi of Kashmir around 500 A.D. The king is believed to have been cured of his leprosy with a single dip in the temple pushkarini, Sivaganga thirtham . The four eminent saiva acharyas Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar and Manikkavachakar are bonded with this holy temple and produced master pieces eulogising their respective paths - Charya, Kriya, Yoga and Gnana. This kshetra is said to have given 'moksha' (liberation) to infinite devotees - notable amongst them are Nandanar, Tirunilakandanayanar, Vyagrapada, Patanjali.
On the map of the Tamilian heart !
Chidambaram is located 235 Kms from Chennai (Madras), Tamilnadu State, South India and 43 Kms from Cuddalore (Cuddalore District Headquarters).