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Sri Chidambaram Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram 

The region was once dense with Thillai trees, hence the name of the place Thillai. These trees are not presently seen in the place. However, they are in the backwater area in Pichavaram east of Chidambaram. Within the temple the tree made of stone is on the western side of the prakara of Tirumoolattanar shrine.The darshan of Lords Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva is comfortably available to the devotees from the mandap before Lord Nataraja shrine. It is noteworthy that the famous Vaishnavite shrine of Lord Govindaraja Perumal temple, among the 108 Divyadesas is close to Lord Nataraja shrine. The temple for Thillai Kali who challenged Lord Shiva in the dance contest is also nearby. This is a very big temple covering 51 acres, speaking volumes of the temple architecture skills of Tamilnadu. Of the five celebrated dancing centres of Lord Nataraja, Chidambaram temple is Chittrambalam.

Praying to Lord Nataraja, the first benefit the devotee gains is mental peace. The prayer frees the devotee from any and every health problem. Many pray deeply to gain excellence in arts and a bright future in the field. They also pray for child boon and prosperity.

Devotees perform abisheks with oil, cosmetic powders, milk, curd, fruit juices, green coconut, panchamirtha, sandal, rosewater and sacred ashes. They also offer fresh and clean vastras. Gangabishekam and Kalasabishekam are also offered to Lord. For Mother Sivakama Sundari, abisheks are performed with turmeric powder offering sari. Some place contributions in the Hundi and arrange Annadhana-feeding. Devotees also contribute for the renovation of the temple.

Speciality of Sri Chidambaram Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram

Presiding deity Tirumoola Nathar is a swayambumurthi. Yet, Lord Nataraja is the ruling deity. Of the panchabhoodha sthalas (places) Chidambaram belongs to Akasha. The hymns sung by Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar were found from this temple only.

Opening Timings

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Festivals at Sri Chidambaram Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram

  • 10 day Margazhi festival in December-January begins on the day prior to Tiruvadhirai star day with flag hoisting. The importance of the festival is that it is dedicated to Saivite Saint Manickavasagar. During the evening pujas of the festival, the saint is taken to the main shrine, where Arati is offered to Lord with chanting of Tiruvempavai songs authored by the saint. During the morning pujas the saint is honoured with Arati. An event called Vidayathi festival is celebrated both for the Lord and the saint. 10 day Aani Tirumanjanam begins with flag hoisting 10 days earlier of Uthira star day. From day one to eight of the festivals procession deities Somaskanda, Shivananda Nayaki, Vinayaka, Subramania and Chandeswararm (panchamurthis) are taken in procession in silver and gold vahans. On holy days as Tiruvadhirai star day in Chithirai (April-May) and new moon days, Lord Natarajamurthi grants darshan on the banks of Shiva Ganga theertham and in the following Tamil months too on this star day. Night festivals are celebrated in the temple in all months-Chithirai to Panguni (April-May to March-April) on the first day of the month, Tiruvadhirai and Karthikai star days, new moon and full moon days, Fridays and Pradosha days.

Address & Contact Details of Sri Chidambaram Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram

Sri Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram-608 001, Cuddalore district.

Phone Number: +91- 94439 86996

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