At a distance of 2 km from Chidambaram Bus Station, Thillai Nataraj Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located in Chidambaram town in Tamil Nadu.

The Temple:

Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram is also known as Thillai Nataraj Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is Chidambaram in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India.

The Lord graces this temple in the form of Nataraja, the form of Agaya, and the form of Crystal Lingam. In Saivism temple means Chidambaram.

Natarasar Temple located in the village is a very special temple. This temple is one of the Panchabudha sites and this temple has a long mythological connection.

The architecture of the temple reflects the connection between art and spirituality. It was built in the tenth century at Chidambaram, the capital of the Chola Empire.

The Cholas considered Chidambaram Nataraja as their family deity. This Nataraja temple has undergone damage, renovation, and expansion throughout the 2 millennia. Shiva is the main deity of the temple.

However, it also reflects important themes from Vaishnavism, Shaktism, and others. The Chidambaram temple complex is the oldest in South India.

One of the temples. The most unique feature of the Nataraj Temple is the soul-satisfying image of Nataraj.

The temple has five main halls or sabhas namely Kanaka Sabha, Siddha Sabha, Nirutta Sabha, Deva Sabha, and Rajasa. Nataraja is one of the most important forms of Shiva.

Thillai Nataraj Temple

Thillai Nataraj Templec is one of the most famous Shiva temples in the country. This place has significant significance in terms of cultural history and historical precedents.


Now Western scientists have also proved that Nataraja’s big toe is the central point of the world’s magnetic field.

Some information about the wonders of science, engineering, geography, mathematics, and medicine in Chidambaram Nataraja temple.

These are some of the wonderful secrets of the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple as many are the wonders behind the grand stone temples set by the ancestors.

The location of this temple  said to be at the center of the world’s magnetic field, right on the equator. (Center Point of World’s Magnetic Equator).

Among the Pancha Buddha Temples, Thillai Nataraja Temple representing the Sky, Kalahasti Temple representing the Wind, and Kanchi Ekambereswara Temple representing the Earth are located exactly in the same straight line ie 79 Degrees, 41 minutes East longitude.

What was predicted for the day was the ultimate marvel of engineering, geology, and astronomy.

Thillai Nataraj Temple


The 9 entrances to the Chidambaram temple, which is based on the human body, represent the 9 gates in the human body.

The golden roof of the plane covered with 21,600 gold plates, which indicates that man breathes an average of 21,600 times a day (15*60*24 =21,600).

72,000 gold nails used to fasten these 21,600 plates, and this number 72,000 represents the total number of nadis (nerves) in the human body, including the energy supply to many parts of the body that not visible to the eye.

In Thirumandra, “Thirumoolar” is Shivalinga in human form, that is Chidambaram, that is Satasivam, that is his dance. Thirumoolar says that man represents the image of Lord Shiva. This is the Sadasivam Pratishta representing Chidambaram.

The “Ponnambalam” slightly inclined to the left side, which represents the heart in our body. To reach this place, one has to climb five steps, these steps  called “Panchachara Padi” which means the five letters “C, Va, Ya, Na, Ma”. The “Kanakasabha” comes from the side instead of a straight path like in other temples. To bear this Kanaka Sabha


There are 4 pillars that represent the 4 Vedas.

There are 28 pillars in Ponnambalam, which represent the 28 Agamas and 28 ways of worshiping Shiva. These 28 pillars have 64 + 64 BEAMS, which represent the 64 arts, and the CROSS BEAMS, which represent the blood flowing through the human body.

The 9 kalas on top of the golden roof represent the 9 types of Shakti. The 6 pillars in the Artha Mandapam represent the 6 Shastras and the 18 pillars in the hall next to the Artha Mandapam represent the 18 Puranas.

Thillai Nataraj Temple

The specialty of the Temple:

Chidambaram Nataraja’s dance called Ananda Thandam  called “cosmic dance” by many foreign scholars.

Govindaraja Perumal Talam, one of the 108 Divine Lands, is also special in Visesha. Adjacent to the Nataraja Temple is the temple of Thillai Kali, who danced in a competitive dance between Shiva and Shakti. It is a huge Shiva temple spread over an area of ​​51 acres. A wonderful place that an example of the finest architecture. It is Chirambalam in Nataraja’s Pancha sabhas.


Chidambaram Nataraja Temple has many ancient myths associated with it. Ani Thirumanjanam and Margazhi Thiruvadhirai annual festivals, and traditional Celebrations  also celebrated.

Temple Timings:

Open daily from 6 mornings to 12 noon and from 5 pm to 10 pm evening.

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