Arulmigu Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram


The deity that presides here is Lord Shiva in form of Nataraj - Lord of Dance. We can see Shiva as in pose of Nataraja performing the Ananda Tandava ("Dance of Delight") in the golden hall of the shrine. The consort deity here is Sivakami Amman (form of Amman - mother goddess and female energy).The sculptures of Chidambaram inspired the postures of Bharatha Natyam..

Legend:The story of Chidambaram begins with Shiva strolling into the Thillai Vanam (vanam meaning forest and thillai trees - botanical name Exocoeria agallocha, a species of mangrove trees - which currently grows in the Pichavaram wetlands near Chidambaram). In the Thillai forests resided a group of sages or 'rishis' who believed in the supremacy of magic and that God can be controlled by rituals and mantras or magical words. Shiva strolled in the forest with resplendent beauty and brilliance, assuming the form of Bhikshatana, a simple mendicant seeking alms. He was followed by his consort, Vishnu as Mohini. The sages and their wives were enchanted by the brilliance and the beauty of the handsome mendicant and his consort. On seeing their womenfolk enchanted, the rishis got enraged and invoke scores of serpents by performing magical rituals. Shiva lifted the serpents and donned them as ornaments on his matted locks, neck and waist. Further enraged, the sages invokek a fierce tiger, whose skins and dons were used by Shiva as a shawl around his waist. The rishis gathered all their spiritual strength and invoked a powerful demon Muyalakan - a symbol of complete arrogance and ignorance. Shiva wore a gentle smile, stepped on the demon's back, immobilized him and performed the √Ānanda Tandava (the dance of eternal bliss) and disclosed his true form. The sages surrender, realizing that Shiva is the truth and he is beyond magic and rituals.

Pooja Timing

Pooja Timings
Koo Pooja
6.00 a.m.
Ukshakala Pooja
6.30 a.m. To 7.30 a.m
Kala santhi Pooja
7.30 a.m. To 8.30 a.m
Uchikala Pooja
11.30 a.m. To 12.00 Noon
Pradhosa Kaalam
5.00 p.m. To 5.30 p.m
Sayaratchai Pooja
6.00 p.m. To 7.00 p.m
Arthajama Pooja
8.30 p.m.

Temple Opening Time

Morning :   06.00 AM To 12.30 P.M

Evening :   04.00 PM To 08.30 P.M

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