Welcome To Nataraja Residency
Site Seeing In Chidhambaram
Welcome to Chidambaram, a spiritual and heritage city. It is one of the growing cities in Tamilnadu. It greets us with industries, Annamalai University and Lord Nataraja blesses us here in the form of a Cosmic Dancer. Below are some of the specialties in Chidambaram.
Temples in ChidambaramLord Nataraja Temple
Thillai Natarajar & Sivagami Amman
Lord Shiva is worshiped in various forms. One is the form of a Cosmic dancer. Also called as 'Koothan', who is the god for bharathanatyam. He blesses us in the Ananda Thandava position along with Sivagami Amman. Natarajar temple is the location for one of the five elements of nature (Ether @ agayam). The other locations are: Earth - Ekambareswar temple in Kanncheepuram, Water - Jambukeshwar Temple in Thiruvanaikkaval, Fire - Arunachaleswarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai. Air - Sri Kalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh.
The Kalahasti, Kanchipuram and Chidambaram temples are on a straight line which is truly an engineering, astrological and geographical wonder.
Chidambaram Natarajar Temple is one of the few temples where both Shiva and Vishnu are enshrined under the same roof. Govindarajar @ Vishnu blesses in the reclining pose with Sridevi, Boodevi, Karthikeya, Brahma and others.
Some of the other specialties inside Thillai temple are
1. Lakshmi Thayar Temple
2. Mukkuruni Vinayagar Temple
3. Pandiyanathar Temple
4. Navalinga Temple
5. Sivagami Amman Temple
6. Complex of Thousand Pillars (Ayiram kaal Mandapam) Thillai Kali Temple
On the account to decide who is superior in Siva and Shakthi, a dance competition is performed in Chidambaram in from of Lord Vishnu and Brahma. To win Lord Shiva performed 'OORTHAVA THANDAVA' which is a pose by raising the leg above the head. This pose cannot be performed by ladies due to modesty. Shakthi, became very angry due to the defeat. She was pacified by Lord Brahma and hence is seen with four faces. She is also famously called as Vadapathra Kali Amman.
Mariamman is the goddess for rain and soil. She also is the goddess who is worshiped for curing chicken pox. As she is the goddess for curing summer diseases, she is mostly worshiped with milk pots, turmeric and neem leaves in summer.
Temples around Chidambaram
Below are the various places around Chidambaram. Please do not miss to visit.
Temple Distance from Nataraja Residency 1. Ragavendra Temple 8 kms 2. Sirkazhi Temple 20 kms 3. Vaitheeswaran Koil 32 kms 4. Thirumanancheri 55 kms 5. Navgraha Temples 9 temples around Chidambaram within a day's travel 6. Saraswathy Temple 63 kms 7. Gangai konda cholapuram 49 kms 8. Uppiliappar Temple 73 kms
Other religious centers around Chidambaram
Centre Distance from Nataraja Residency 1. Nagoor 135 kms 2. Velankanni 95 kms
Other Sight Seeing spotsPichavaram
This is the second largest magrove forest in the world (first is spread across West Bengal and Bangladesh). This is a eco friendly picnic spot which helps nature in various ways. Please don't miss the boating through the mangrove forests which is truly an exciting experience. It is 15 kms from Nataraja Residency.
Famously known as Kaviri Poompattinam, which was once a capital for Cholas. This served as a port for the Cholas to reach out to various foreign lands. The town was destructed by Tsunami around 1500 years ago. It is 45 kms from Nataraja Residency.
Some of the famous festivals in Chidambaram1. Aruthra Darisanam celebrated in margazhi.
2. Aani Thirumanjanam celebrated Uthram Nakshathram in Aani.
3. Natiyanjali celebrated around Mahasivarathiri.