Nataraja Temple

Nataraja Temple, also referred to as the Chidambaram Nataraja temple or Thillai  is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nataraja – Shiva as the lord of dance – in ChidambaramTamil NaduIndia.The temple has mythical roots and a Shiva shrine existed at the site when the town was known as Thillai. Chidambaram, the name of the city and the temple literally means “atmosphere of wisdom” or “clothed in thought”, the temple architecture symbolizes the connection between the arts and spirituality, creative activity and the divine.The temple wall carvings display all the 108 karanas from the Natya Shastra by Bharata Muni, and these postures form a foundation of Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance.

Festivals at Nataraja Temple

wdt_ID Festivals
1 AANI THIRUMANJANAM
2 MARKAZHI MAHORCHAVAM
3 SIVARATHIRI (NATIYANJALI FESTIVAL)
4 MAHA ABHISHEGAM ( 4 TIMES IN YEAR)
wdt_ID TIME PROGRAM
1 6.00 AM GATE OPEN
2 6.30 AM PAAL NIVEDHYAM
3 07.00 AM MAHA AARTHI
4 07.30 AM SPADIAGA LINA ABISHEGAM
5 08.00 AM KALAI SANDHI
6 10.00 AM SECOND KALA POOJA
7 11.30 AM UCHI KALA POOJA
8 12.00 NOON GATE CLOSED
9 04.30 PM GATE OPEN
10 06.00 PM SAYA RATCHAI
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