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Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on the banks of the Vellar River where it meets the Bay of Bengal. It is the headquarters of the Chidambaram taluk. The town is believed to be of significant antiquity and has been ruled, at different times, by the Pallavas until the ninth century, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Later Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Thanjavur Nayakas, Marathas, and the British. The town is known for the Thillai Nataraja Temple and Thillai Kali Temple, and the annual chariot festival held in the months of December–January (In the Tamil month of Marghazhi known as "Margazhi Urchavam") and June to July (In the Tamil month of Aani known as "Aani Thirumanjanam"). One of the Divya Desams Divya Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple (Thiruchitrakoodam) is a part of the Thillai Nataraja Temple complex. Thiruvetkalam Shiva Temple, Vadakiruppu, Thirunelvayil Shiva Temple, Sivapuri, and Tirukkazhippalai Palvannanathar Temple are the other three ancient Shiva temples in the region.

Chidambaram covers an area of 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi) and had a population of 62,153 as of 2011. It is administered by a Selective grade municipality. Tertiary sector involving tourism is the major occupation. Roadways are the major means of transportation with a total of 64.12 km (39.84 mi) of district roads including one national highway passing through the town. As of 2011, there were eleven government schools: six primary schools, three middle schools, and two higher secondary schools in Chidambaram. Annamalai University, established in 1929 in Chidambaram, is one of the oldest and most prominent universities in the state.

Chidambaram is one of the many temple towns in the state which is named after the grooves, clusters, or forests dominated by a particular variety of a tree or shrubs and the same variety of trees or shrubs sheltering the presiding deity. The traditional name of the temple complex, Chidambaram Thillai Nataraja-koothan Kovil. The mangrove forests of Thillai trees (Excoecaria agallocha) were abundant in the town once. The temple and the town were once in the midst of Thillai trees. The Thillai trees of the nearby Pichavaram wetlands, the second largest mangrove forest in the world, extend to the temple area. The shrine is venerated as Thillai ambalam literally meaning the open stage of Thillai. The name of the town of this shrine, Chidambaram comes from the Tamil word Chitrambalam (also spelled Chithambalam) meaning "wisdom atmosphere". The roots are cith or chitthu means consciousness or wisdom while ambalam means "atmosphere". This composite word comes from its association with Shiva Nataraja, the cosmic dancer, and the cultural atmosphere for arts.

According to Hindu legend, in the Thillai forests resided a group of sages who believed in the supremacy of magic — that the gods could be controlled by rituals and mantras. Shiva, hearing this, assumed the form of Bhikshatana, a simple mendicant seeking alms, and went walking in Thillai. He was followed by his consort, Vishnu as Mohini. The sages and their wives were enchanted by the beauty of the pair. On seeing their womenfolk enchanted, the angry sages performed a ritual to create serpents (nāga). Shiva lifted the serpents and donned them as ornaments on his matted locks, neck and waist. Further enraged, the sages invoked a fierce tiger, whose skin was used by Shiva as a shawl around his waist. Then followed a fierce elephant, which was ripped to death and devoured by Shiva (an episode depicted in the Gajasurasamhara). The sages gathered all their spiritual strength and invoked the powerful demon Muyalakan — a symbol of complete arrogance and ignorance.[citation needed] Shiva smiled gently, stepped on the demon's back to immobilize him, and performed the Ánanda Thandavam (the dance of eternal bliss), thus disclosing his true form. The sages surrendered, realizing that rituals cannot control the gods.

There is a reference to the temple or the town in Sangam literature of the first to fifth centuries and the earliest mention is found in Tamil literature. The temple and the deity were immortalized in Tamil poetry in the works of Thevaram by three poet-saints belonging to the seventh century - Thirugnana Sambanthar, Thirunavukkarasar, and Sundaramoorthy Nayanar. Thirugnana Sambanthar has composed two songs in praise of the temple, Thirunavukkarasar aka Appar eight songs in praise of Nataraja and Sundarar one song in praise of Nataraja. Sundarar commences his Thiruthondar Thogai (the sacred list of Lord Shiva's 63 devotees) by paying his respects to the priests of the Thillai temple - "To the devotees of the priests at Thillai, I am a devotee". The works of the first three saints, the Thirumurai were stored in palm leaf manuscripts in the temple and were recovered by the Chola King Rajaraja Chola under the guidance of Nambiandarnambi. Manikkavasagar, the tenth-century saivite poet has written two works, the first called Thiruvasakam (The sacred utterances) which largely has been sung in Chidambaram, and the Thiruchitrambalakkovaiyar (aka Thirukovaiyar), which has been sung entirely in the temple. Manikkavasagar is said to have attained spiritual bliss at Chidambaram. The Chidambaram Mahatmiyam composed during the 12th century provides the subsequent evolution and Sanskritization of cults.

There are several inscriptions available in the temple and referring to the Chidambaram temple in neighboring areas. Most inscriptions available pertain to the periods of Cholas - Rajaraja Chola I (985-1014 CE), Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044 CE), Kulothunga Chola I (1070-1120 CE), Vikrama Chola (1118-1135 CE), Rajadhiraja Chola II (1163 -1178 CE), Kulothunga Chola III (1178-1218 CE) and Rajaraja Chola III (1216-1256 CE). Pandya inscriptions date from Thribhuvana Chakravarthi Veerapandiyan, Jataavarman Thribhuvana Chakravarthi Sundarapaandiyan (1251-1268 CE), and Maaravarman Thribhuvana Chakravarthi Veerakeralanaagiya Kulashekara Pandiyan (1268-1308 CE). Pallava inscriptions are available for king Avani Aala Pirandhaan Ko-perum-Singha (1216-1242 CE). Vijayanagara Kings mentioned in inscriptions are Veeraprathapa Kiruttina Theva Mahaaraayar (1509-1529 CE), Veeraprathaapa Venkata Deva Mahaaraayar, Sri Ranga Theva Mahaaraayar, Atchyutha Deva Mahaaraayar (1529-1542 CE) and Veera Bhooopathiraayar. One of the inscriptions from the descendant of Cheramaan Perumal Nayanar, Ramavarma Maharaja has been found.

The festivals in Chidambaram are centered on the festivals of the temple. The Marghazhi Thiruvaadhirai festival celebrated in December–January indicates the first puja, the fourteenth day after the new moon (Chaturdashi) of the month of Masi (February–March) indicates the second pooja, the Chittirai Thiruvonam (in April–May), indicates the third pooja or uchikalam, the Uthiram of Aani (June–July) also called the Aani Thirumanjanam indicates the evening or the fourth puja, the Chaturdashi of Aavani (August–September) indicates the fifth puja and the Chaturdashi of the month of Puratasi (October–November) indicates the sixth pooja or Arthajama. Of these, the Marghazhi Thiruvaadhirai (in December–January) and the Aani Thirumanjanam (in June–July) are the most important festivals. During these festivals, the festive deity is brought outside the sanctum sanctorum in a procession that includes a temple car procession followed by a long anointing ceremony. Several hundreds of thousands of people flock the temple to see the anointing ceremony and the ritualistic dance of Shiva when he is taken back to the sanctum sanctorum. Shiva, in his incarnation of Nataraja, is believed to have born on full moon day in the constellation of Ardra, the sixth lunar mansion. Lord Shiva is bathed only 6 times a year, and on the previous night of Ardra, the bath rituals are performed on a grand scale. Pots full of milk, pomegranate juices, coconut water, ghee, oil, sandal paste, curds, holy ashes, and other liquids and solids, considered as a sacred offerings to the deity are used for the sacred ablution.
Natyanjali is a prominent festival celebrated during February every year when Bharatnatyam dancers from all over the country converge to present dance offering to Nataraja.

Elevation: 3 m,
PIN: 608001,
District: Cuddalore
Region: Chola Nadu,


Package G N G RRCDB 1: 1 Night 2 Days Stay in Home Stay in Chidambaram + Sightseeing Thillai Kali Amman Temple + Darshan + Aarti + Breakfast + Dinner

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Package G N G RRCDB 3: 2 Night 3 Days Stay in Hotel + Sightseeing Pichavaram Mangrove Forest + Boating + Breakfast + Dinner

Package G N G RRCDB 4: 2 Night 3 Days Stay in Home Stay in  Chidambaram + Sightseeing Kalrayan Hills  + Trekking + Breakfast + Dinner  


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Package G N G RRCPKMTMTR 1: 1 Night Stay in Chidambaram + 1 Night Stay in  Pondicherry + Sightseeing Beach & Places +  Breakfast + Dinner
Package G N G RRCPKMTMTR 2: 1 Night Stay in Kanchipuram + 1 Night Stay in  Mahabalipuram & Chidambaram + Sightseeing Temple + Darshan + Aarti + Breakfast + Dinner
Package G N G RRCPKMTMTR 3:1 Night Stay in Chidambaram + 1 Night Stay in  Thanjavur + 1 Night Stay in Madurai & Trichy +  Sightseeing Temple + Darshan + Aarti + Breakfast + Dinner
Package G N G RRCPKMTMTR 4: 1 Night Stay in Chidambaram + 1 Night Stay in  Thanjavur + 1 Night Stay in Madurai + 1 Night Stay in  Rameshwaram & Trichy + Sightseeing Temple + Darshan + Aarti + Breakfast + Dinner
Package G N G RRCPKMTMTR 5: 1 Night Stay in Mahabalipuram + 1 Night Stay in  Pondicherry + 1 Night Stay in Chidambaram + 1 Night Stay in Kanchipuram + Sightseeing Temple + Darshan + Aarti + Breakfast + Dinner
Package G N G RRCPKMTMTR 6: 1 Night Stay in Chidambaram + 1 Night Stay in  Thanjavur + 1 Night Stay in  Madurai + 1 Night Stay in  Rameswaram + 1 Night Stay in  Trichy & Mahabalipuram + Sightseeing Temple + Darshan + Aarti + Breakfast + Dinner 


Package G N G RRCDB 1:  Local Cuisine of Chidambaram - ( Tasty vegetarian and non vegetarian food served on banana platters + breakfast dishes like idli, varieties of soft to crispy dosas, ven Pongal and medu vada )
Package G N G RRCDB 2: 1 Day Selected Cab + Visit in Maligai Medu + Pickup and Drop from Chidambaram Hotel 
Package G N G RRCDB 3: 1 Day Selected Cab + Visit in the Tharangambadi Beach + Pickup and Drop from Chidambaram Hotel 



Chidambaram is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappally at a distance of 128kms.


You can easily get regular trains to Chidambaram from other major cities of the country..


It lies on the Chennai Trichy meter gauge line and is also well connected through rail to the temple towns of Rameswaram, Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.


MARCH - MAY: Summers are hot and sultry and most tourists would pass over the summer months for a visit. April and May are the warmest months with the temperature soaring up to 40 °C. Days are very hot, while nights might be cooler due to the sea breeze blowing in from the Bay of Bengal. If you do visit the town in summer, keep yourself hydrated with tender coconut water and with Chidambaram’s summer special Badam milk sold at a small outlet near the Nataraja Temple.

JUNE - SEPTEMBER: Southwest monsoon may rain meagrely over the region, but the retreating northeast monsoon rains are quite heavy, accompanied by cyclonic storms, especially in the months from October to December. Monsoon is a lean tourist season in Chidambaram. But on the other hand, the estuaries and the rivers brim over with monsoon rains and the emerald green fields are any photographer's delight.

OCTOBER - FEBRUARY: Winter months are not very cold, but are mildly warm and pleasant. December and January are the coldest months of the year. Northeast monsoon showers in from October to December and beyond that begins the ideal time of the year for a visit for tourism as well as pilgrimage to Chidambaram, as the Chidambaram Nataraja temple celebrates the Aardhra Darshan festival in January, closely followed by the Maha Shivratri in February. Join the huge gathering of people to participate in the celebrations. This is the best season to go off on an unhindered tour to Pichavaram to look at the several species of birds migrating for winter.


1. Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram
2. Thillai Kali Amman Temple
3. Divya Desam Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple
4. Sri Pasupatheswarar Temple, Padal Petra Temple
5. Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
6. Annamalai University
7. Tirunallurpperumanam Temple
8. Learn Kayak, StandupPaddle & Camp outdoors
9. Tharangambadi Beach
10. Maligai Med 


1. Navagiraga Resort & Hotel
2. Krish Garden Farm Resorts
3. The Grand White Palace
4. The Grand Park
5. Hotel Kanakabhishegam
6. Hotel Radha
7. Royal Shree Amirthayoga
8. Abirami Residency
9. Hotel Annamalai
10. Arcot Woodlands Hotel 


10. Chidambaram's New Madras Hotel
11. Chidambaram New Moorthy Cafe
12. Rajmandir Restaurant 


1. Homestay Senthil Akam
2. Chidambaram Spiritual Stay
3. Krish Garden Farm Resorts
4. Lakshmivilas Heritage resort
5. Navagiraga Resort & Hotel
6. MangroveBay Ecocamp
7. Chola Inn
8. Hotel Akshaya
9. Jawahar Lodge


QUESTION: What is famous in Chidambaram?

ANSWER: Top Attractions in Chidambaram -
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest., Thillai Nataraja Temple., Thillai Kali Amman Temple., Pitchavaram Backwater., Annamalai University., Tirunallurpperumanam Temple., Tirunelvayil Temple., Tiruvetkalam Temple.

QUESTION: Is Chidambaram center of Earth?

ANSWER: Chidambaram Temple aerial View. It is also stated that Lord Nataraja 's big toe is the Centre Point of World 's Magnetic Equator. Chidambaram ,Kanchipuram and Sri Kalahasti lie in a straight line at 79* 41 East Longitude.

QUESTION: Which God is Chidambaram?

ANSWER: Thillai Nataraja Temple, also referred as the Chidambaram Nataraja temple, is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Nataraja.Lord Nataraja is one of the form of Lord Shiva as the Lord of dance and his consort Parvati as Shivakama Sundari (also called as Shivagama Sundari).

QUESTION: What is the secret in Chidambaram temple?

ANSWER:  Secret of Chidambaram is a Hindu belief that there is a secret message conveyed through the embossed figure near the shrine of Shiva in the Chidambaram Temple. Since ancient times, it is believed that this is the place where Shiva and his consort Parvati are present, but invisible to most people.

QUESTION: What is the story of Chidambaram? 

ANSWER:   It is in the southern state of Tamilnadu in India. The temple has a deep mythical connection. When the name of the town was Thillai, a Shiva shrine used to be there in the temple. Chidambaram is the name of the city where the temple is now situated literally meaning “clothed in thought” or “atmosphere of wisdom”.

QUESTION: Who built Nataraja temple?

ANSWER: The walls and east gopura (gateway) may be ascribed with greater certainty, and were probably built by Kulottunga III, who reigned from 1178 to 1218 CE. The Nataraja temple was constructed between c. 1175 and c. 1200 CE

QUESTION: Who is under the feet of Lord Nataraja?

ANSWER: Nataraja's right foot is planted squarely on a horrible little subhuman creature - the demon, Muyalaka. A dwarf, but immensely powerful in his malignity, Muyalaka is the embodiment of ignorance, the manifestation of greedy, possessive selfhood. Stamp on him, break his back! And that's precisely what Nataraja is doing.

QUESTION: What does chidambara mean?

ANSWER: Meaning. One whose heart is as huge and vast as the sky.

QUESTION: Who provided golden roof of Chidambaram temple?

ANSWER: The Vimana of the famous Nataraja temple at Chidambaram with a golden roof was provided by Parantaka I. He was devout of Siva.

QUESTION: Which river flows in Chidambaram?

ANSWER: Chidambaram, town, east-central Tamil Nadu state, southeastern India. It is situated in the fertile Kollidam River valley, on the road and rail system between Chennai (Madras; north) and Thanjavur (southwest).

QUESTION: Who built Parvati temple Chidambaram?

ANSWER:  The temple was built by Rajendra Chola I, which dates back to 11th century.

QUESTION: Why Lord Shiva is known as Nataraja?

ANSWER: According to Ananda Coomaraswamy, the name is related to Shiva's fame as the "Lord of Dancers" or "King of Actors". The form is known as Nataraja in Tamil Nadu and as Narteśvara (also written Nateshwar) or Nṛityeśvara in North India, with all three terms meaning "Lord of the dance".



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