Chidambram

Places to visit in Chidambaram

 

Chidambaram at a glance:

A beautiful temple town in the eastern part of Tamil Nadu-  Chidambaram is famous for housing the marvelous Lord Nataraja Temple and a few others which highlight its importance as a special place of pilgrim. This indeed is a stupendous  choice for a weekend getaway from the urban aura.

Chathapurinathar Temple:

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Situated in the outskirts of the city, Chathapurinathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and Osai Kodutha Nayagi. The temple is known to attract a huge crowd every year, who come to offer their prayers as well as admire its architecture which has remained true to the Dravidian style of the region.

Kali Temple:

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It is a beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, and is in the northern end of the town. The Thillai Kaliamann Temple was built by Kopperunjingan who ruled the region around 1229 to 1278 A.D. There are sveral stone inscriptions and dieties present. Daily rituals are still performed here.

Khadi Handicraft store:

Chidambaram doesn’t offer much shopping avenues for the shoppers out there. The market near the temple has a Khadi Handicrafts shop which is a good for buying some souvenirs and local handicrafts products. One miust visit the handicraft stores to know about the traditional crafts firsthand.

Nattiya A/C Cocktail Lounge:

Nattiya Cocktail Lounge is the best place to get some drinks and sumptuous cocktails in a nice ambience. Being a temple town and a small one at that, Chidambaram has generally limited nightlife to offer.

Natyanjali Festival:

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The most awaited dance festival of the year, the Natyanjali Dance festival is not an occasion to be missed. The festival brings together, on a single platform some of India’s most accomplished classical dancers, performing in the blessed vicinity of Lord Shiva at the Nataraja Temple. Large number of people flock here to witness  the grandeur of the festival.

Pichavaram Backwaters and Mangrove Forests:

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Pichavaram is a unique destination which offers one a very special peek into the complexities of Mother Nature. Situated nearby the temple town of Chidambaram, Pichavaram hosts the second largest mangrove forest in the world and is a special place to explore for lovers of nature and the wild.

Shopping in Chidambaram:

Chidambaram offers limited possibilities for shopping one can only shop for souvenirs at the markets, the replicas of the temple and the Nataraja and some local handicrafts. These limited stores and options, none the less give sufficient knowledge and expeerience of the rich culture.

Sirkazhi:

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Sirkazhi about 20 km from Chidambaram was the birthplace of the Tamil poet saint, Thirugnana Sambandar. A temple was created in the place to commemorate his genius and contribution to Tamil literature. This highly rendered shrine is a center of Bhairava worship and attracts many pious folk from many places.

Sivakamiamman Temple:

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A marvelous temple famous for it’s huge Sivaganga Tank and a thousand-pillar hall, Sivakamiamman Temple is a great place of worship for the devotees. It has a granite stoned idol of a goddess and many other ornate sculptures. The priest in this temple offer agamic poojas which are considered to be very special.

The Nataraja Temple:

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One of the five Panchbootha Sthala, the Nataraja Temple is a place of deep religious importance for the Hindus. Spread across a sprawling 40 acres complex, the Lord Nataraja Temple situated in the heart of the city is one of the most beautiful examples of the genius of Chola architecture. Distinguished as the chief icon of city, this 10th century Chola temple has carvings of the 108 steps of Natya Shastra on the walls. One must certainly visit this place when in Chidambaram.

What to eat in Chidambaram : Local Food and Cuisine:

Chidambaram is a place for feasting on some delightful Tamil cuisines such as idli, dosai, vadai and others. One can find both veg and non-veg platters, but most restaurants serve vegetarian food.

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