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Chidambaram

City of the Cosmic Dancer

Natraja Temple ChidambaramNatraja Temple ChidambaramPichavaram Mangrove Forest ChidambaramPoompuhar at ChidambaramPorto - NovoPorto - NovoChidambaramPoompukhar
  • General Information

    Other Name: Thillai, District: Cuddalore, State: Tamil Nadu, India
    Area: 5 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: Tamil and English
    Long Distance Code: +91-4144
    Importance: Famous for the Akash Lingam.
    Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Description

    Chidambaram also known as Thillai, was named after the mangrove forest of the name Tillai. But now it has gained the Chdmabaram meaning an atmosphere reigning with intelligence and wisdom. As the legend goes this is the place where Lord Shiva performed his famous cosmic dance in the form of Lord Nataraja. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as the formless, the one who covers the whole universe. The dance of bliss, or the Ananda Tandavam of Shiva is said to symbolize the five divine acts ("Pancha Krityas") - creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealment and bestowment of grace. The dance of Shiva has been frozen in metal and held in worship in Nataraja Sabhas, in virtually all of the Saivite temples in Tamil Nadu. <br />The place, where the legend says that the Lord performed the dance, was later converted into a hall of dance and later covered with gold plates by Jatavarman Sundra Pandya (AD 1251-1272). The Thai Poosam day is celebrated the day of the cosmic dance till date at Chidambaram. The Annual Nrityanjali festival is also organised at Chidambaram. <br />
  • Location

    The town of Chidambaram is situated in the eastern district of Cuddalore facing the Bay of Bengal. The town is in the Coleroon River Valley on the Madras-Thanjavur road and rail system.
Porto - NovoPorto-Novo, also called "Parangipettai", in Chidambaram, is situated on the north bank of the mouth of Vellore. Portuguese were the first European settlers of this place from whom it passed into the possession of the Dutch and finally handed it over to the English in 1824. This town has a large Muslim population engaged mostly in sea-trade. Tombs of several Muslim saints are situated in this place, most important among them being the dargah to Saint Malumiyar, Araikasu Nachiyar, Hafiz Mir Sahib and Sayed Saheb.
Nataraja TempleThe temple is located in the center of Chidambaram town and covers an area of 40 acres. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum is covered with gold plates. The presiding deity of the temple is represented by air, one of the five elements of the universe and is known as Akasa Lingam. This is the temple of the Cosmic Dancer, where the presiding deity is called Nataraja. This temple has five halls, of which two-the Kanaka Sabha and the Chit Sabha-have gold-plated roofs. The main icon of Nataraja is in the Kanaka Sabha. One of the significant aspects of the temple is that there is no image of god in the Chit Sabha, which houses the Akasa lingam. The Nritta Sabha or the Hall of Dance is the most beautiful and remarkable of the five halls, built in the form of a chariot on wheels drawn by horses. There are 56 pillars in the hall depicting the 108 poses of Bharat Natyam, the classical dance of Tamilnadu.
PoompukharPoompukhar is 40-km from Chidambaram, where the Cauvery, merges with the bellowing sea, it was formerly known as "Puhar", but due to the exquisite beauty of the port town, it came to be called as `Poompuhar'. Another name of Poompuhar was Kaveripoompattinam. Poompuhar beach has black sand and rough surf, making it unsuitable for swimming. In spite of this it is very popular with the locals. It has a monument depicting an ancient bathing scene, which adds to its uniqueness. A fine beach and calm water offer good bathing. \r\nPoompuhar, once the biggest port on the east coast, was at its peak under the earlier Chola Kings. Silappathikaram and Manimekalai bring out the greatness of the city in some of the poems in Sangam literature and also among the epics.\r\nThe life and time of the Tamil classic 'Silappathikaram' has been recreated at Poompuhar to the immense pleasure of the Tamils. In order to conjure up the decorative ornamental scenic beauty of Poompuhar, an art gallery is made to present the environment and atmosphere of the 2nd century AD by the creation of the llanji Mandram, Paval Mandram, the Buddhist School, Arugan Kottam, Tirumal Kottam, Murugu Kottam, etc.
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Chennai-Covelong-Kanchipuram-Mamallapuram-Covelong-Puducherry-Chidambaram-Swamimalai-Thanjavur-Tiruchirappalli-Madurai-Thekkady-Kochi-Guruvayur-Kozhikode-Mysore-Chikmaglur-Shravanabelagola-Bengaluru

South India, stretching south of the Vindhya Mountain ranges down to the coastal areas surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, covers a vast swathe of the Deccan plateau. The states in this region are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, all four of which have their own languages, slightly differing from each other, but vastly different from the language and culture of the Indian heartland in the North and West. South India has two major claims to being a tourist attraction. Thousands of miles of pristine coastline and sandy beaches, dotted with sea side resorts and the ancient Hindu heritage architecture, temples and remnants of the Indus valley civilization. Boat trips on the backwater canals and protected wetlands, not to mention the health spas and Ayurveda clinics, make for a rejuvenating vacation, and most tourists leave Kerala in much better shape, mentally and physically, than when they came in.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Chennai-Covelong
Day 2 : Covelong-Kanchipuram-Mamallapuram-Covelong
Day 3 : Covelong-Puducherry
Day 4 : Puducherry-Chidambaram-Swamimalai
Day 5 : Swamimalai-Thanjavur-Tiruchirappalli-Madurai
Day 6 : Madurai
Day 7 : Madurai-Thekkady
Day 8 : Thekkady-Kochi
Day 9 : Kochi
Day 10 : Kochi-Guruvayur-Kozhikode
Day 11 : Kozhikode-Mysore
Day 12 : Mysore
Day 13 : Mysore-Chikmaglur
Day 14 : Chikmaglur-Shravanabelagola-Bengaluru
Day 15 : Bengaluru

Chidambaram, India Tours

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Chidambaram, India
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