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Chidambaram

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Chidambaram

Nataraja Temple:  

Nataraja Temple of Chidambaram is one of the most famous religious shrines of the city. Dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped in his dancing form or Nataraja, the Natarajka Temple attracts large number of pilgrims and tourists throughout the year. Built during the 10th century by the Chola dynasty, the temple has undergone a number of renovations. The temple has for tall pillars or shikharas in all four directions carved with 108 dancing postures of Lord Nartaraja. The temple is further divided into five sabhas namely Chit sabha, Kanaka sabha, Deva, Nritya and Raja sabha. The temple remains closed from noon to 4 in the evening.

 

Thillai Kali Amman Temple:

Thillai Kali Amman temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is another ancient temple attracting a large number of devotees and travelers alike. Built in the 13th century by chola king, Kopperunjingan, the temple is located at the northern end of the Nataraja temple. The main idol of goddess kali is unique with its four heads signifying the four directions of the world. Thillai Kali Amman temple has innumerous stone carvings depicted ancient Vedic texts and stories in pictorial formations. The temple is open for public from 4 in the morning to noon and then again at 4 in the evening to 9 in the night.

 

Annamalai University:

Annamalai University is one of the most well known universities in India offering various courses from medicine to engineering and social sciences. Located near the Chidambaram railway station, the Annamalai University was founded by Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar in 1929 as a hub for Tamil research studies. Today the university has a large faculty with various courses being offered as both residential and vocational courses and is one of the prime educational institutions of India.

 

Neyveli:

Neyveli situated at a distance of 30 km from Chidambaram is one of the biggest industrial complexes in India. Neyveli is famous for its lignite mines used for thermal power generation, ceramic wares and fertilizers.

 

Vaitheeswaran Koil:

Vaitheeswaran Koil is a famous ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located at a distance of 24 Kms from Chaidambaram city, Vaitheeswaran Koil houses idols of Lord Shiva in the form of Vaidyanatheeswarar or the healer of all diseases. The temple is also known in Tamil as the Pullirukkuvelur temple. The temple is famous for being the hub of Nadi Jyotisham, an ancient Indian astrological science. The temple attracts large number of pilgrims on Tuesdays for Ankaragan puja offering their prayers to the lord. Devotees also take a holy dip in the waters of the Siththamirtha Theertham which is believed to have medicinal powers.

 

Pitchavaram Backwaters:

Pitchavaram backwaters located at a distance of 16 Kms from Chidambaram city center is one of the most well known tourist hangouts in the city. Various water channels and creeks merge at the Pitchavaram backwaters, making it an ideal picnic destination. The backwaters have an impressive lineup of over 3000 acre of mangrove forests along its coastal lines making the area rich in exquisite flora and fauna. Boating and cruise facilities are available for tourists visiting the backwaters.

 

Tirunallurpperumanam Temple:

Tirunallurpperumanam Temple is another ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that acts as a pilgrimage center for the Hindus. Situated near the Nataraja temple complex, the temple also acted as the seat of the Anglo French wars. The Tirunallurpperumanam Temple is considered to be the marriage venue of Lord Thiru Gnanasambandar. The marriage ceremony is commemorated as an annual festival attracting a large number of devotes.

 

Vadieeswaran Temple:

Vadieeswaran Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Subramania infestation as Muthukumarar is one of the popular religious shrines in Chidambaram. The temple houses various idols of different Hindu gods and Goddesses but is more famous for its bronze statues of Nataraja, Angaraka and Jatayu. An ancient tree in the temple complex also remains a highlight for tourists and devotees. The tree is said to be as old as the age of Krityayuga or the first age when mankind walked on the face of earth. The temple has two ponds named as Siddhamritha Teerth and Jatayukundam where devotees undertake spiritual bath as a customary ritual to enrich their body, mind and soul.

 

Chathapurinathar Temple:

Chathapurinathar Temple located in the Tirukolakka area of Chidambaram city is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the popular religious centers. The temple has received special mention in various ancient and religious texts including Sundarar and Sambandar. Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of Lord Chathapurinathar attracting a big influx of pilgrims and devotees all through the year.

 

Sivakamiamman Temple:

Sivakamiamman Temple attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims for its marvelous architecture and spiritual content. The garbha griha of the temple houses many rare artifacts and sculptural gems including a granite idol of Goddess Kali. The temple is famous for its thousand pillared halls and hosts an annual festival in line with the Nataraja Temple.

 

Church of Zion:

Church of Zion, situated 40 kms from Chidambaram is an ancient church built in 1701.The church attracts a large number of tourists and historians alike. The church has undergone various restoration works first in 1782 and later in the year 1839. Today the vaulted roof is a part of the church's heritage building structure.