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“Nataraja Darshan” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
East Car Street, Chidambaram, 608001, India
9345005815
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Ranked #38 of 941 Attractions in Tamil Nadu
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This is one of the most significant temples in the region.
Madurai, India
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“Nataraja Darshan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Age old temple. Lord Nataraja performs cosmic dance here.I visited in Dec.12 Huge crowed.Only a small door through which darshan available Pull and push to have a darshan.But it trasforms everyone.Going around the sactum you will find shining architectual pillers and Golden roof.The outer corrider expands to a sprawling outer wall inwich number of small temples for Muruga,Ganapathy,Durga and a big Sivagamy amman temple.Thousad piller mandapam is closed but through gated entrance you could peep inside.All the priest have TUFT which you can not see nowadays.A place not to miss.

Visited December 2012
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“Temple review”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This temple is a very ancient one of Lord Nataraja. The temple opens at 6 in the morning, closes in the noon at 12.30, opens again at 4.30 till 10. On special days like Panguni Uttharam , Shivarathri etc, they have extended pooja hours. The main deity is Lord Nataraja and there are shrines for his consort Sivagami Amman, Vinayaka, Govindaraja Perumal, Navagraha , Murugan,etc. There is a elevated mandapam where , according to Indian mythology, a dance contest took place between Lord Nataraja and Devi Kali. Devi Kali lost the contest and is seen in Roudra roopa at Thillai Kali temple close to the Nataraja temple. Prayers ans hymns are chanted by a group of devotees in the mandapam. The ceiling of the temple depicts stories from Siva puranam, alwars etc. through paintings. The dome(gopuram of Nataraja's sanctorium is made up of gold. Splendid sight when the sun shines on it.
Shops for buying pooja items and leaving behind footwear is available outside the temple.The temple is taken over by the TN govt. but maintenance/pay to the priests etc are not covered by the govt. so the priests try to make a source of income by asking the devotees to pay for regular poojas and the prasadam will be mailed. It is optional though.Feel like the temple and its premises should be kept clean. Worth the visit.Visited in March and is hot until May.

Visited March 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“5 elements temples”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Space element : Chidambaram Natarajar temple. In this temple, there's a space which is usually referred as Chidambara Rahasiyam (the secret of Chidambaram). In this area it was believed the Lord and his consort has taken the form of space.

We reached this place at late evening, where chanting of holy mantras can be heard from outside the temple. The temple's inner structure looks like a house. There's an area covered by cloth, which is said to show the 'form' of Shiva in space. You may have to pay a fee to view this. The temple also feature huge halls called mandapas.

Visited September 2012
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Gurgaon, India
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“Tandava Shiva”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

A divine place to spend time with family. The Tandava posture (Dancing) of Siva is marvelous. View of all gopuram is beautiful. You will find different poses of Bharathanatyam depicted on the east gopuram. As usual the entry from south gate is sealed and you will find a huge Nandi in front of it. Temple management needs to improve the management of queues at rush hours.
How to Reach - 5 mins walking distance from Chidambaram bus stand

Visited December 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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“best temple for non-hindu traveler in Tamil nadu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

if you are a non-hindu traveler, you would not be able to get into the most of the wonderful tamil nadu temples, to the most but this one! and it is worth every hours in a bus you spent to get there! inspiration, spirituality, ancient dravidian all alife around you, with piligrims chanting they praying sitting on the floors - it overwhelms and purifies everything inside you

Visited December 2012
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