Chidambaram is one of the most ancient and most celebrated shrines in Tamilnadu. It is of great religious, historic and cultural significance. Chidambaram is dominated by the Nataraja Temple, spread across 40 acres in the centre of town and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a cosmic dancer. The dance of bliss (Nataraja), or the Ananda Tandavam of Shiva is said to symbolize the five divine acts (pancha krityas) of creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealment and bestowment of grace. God Shiva is also worshipped here in the formless form called ‘Chidambara Rahasyam’, while the temple is known for its ‘Akasa Lingam’ an embodiment of Shiva as the formless Space. Devoted to the art of Bharatnatyam, it's unique in that it is one of the few temples where the Gods Shiva and Vishnu are enshrined under one roof. It is located in the heart of the town of Chidambaram, 58 km south of Pondicherry in Cuddalore District.

Attractions in Chidambaram, around and from Chidambaram

  • Annmalai University It is a residential University founded by the Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar. It is a great centre of Tamil learning and carnatic music; now offers educational facilities in various disciplines including

  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram It is 50 kms. from Chidambaram. Rajendra -1, a mighty Chola King, established his new capital here with this magnificent city and temple to Lord Siva. The temple is noted for its massiveness and richl

  • Natyanjali Festival The Natyanjali dance festival at Chidambaram brings together all the prominent dancers of India present there with an enchantment and elation, which shone in their eyes and evocative abhinaya as they

  • Neyveli It is about 30 kms. from Chidambaram via Vadalur. It is one of the biggest industrial complexes in the country. The lignite mined here is used for thermal power generation. Apart from fertilisers cera

  • Pichavaram Pichavaram, 16 kms. east of Chidambaram, ranks among the most exquisite scenic spot with abundant and varied tourism resources. The backwaters, which are interconnected by the Vellar and Kollidam syst

  • Senji (Gingee) It is located on the Tindivanam - Thiruvannamalai road about 25 kms. from Tindivanam and is about 132 kms. from Chidambaram. This place is associated with Raja Desingh. There is a 700 year old fort ru

  • Sivakamiamman Temple The Sivakamiamman temple, the Sivaganga tank, the thousand pillar hall are other important features of the temple.