Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekend Getaway 37: Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram

Date: 28th Jan 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Fee: Special entrance 100 Rs per person else none.

Timing: 6:00 AM to 12 Noon and 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

We came back from Silver beach, Cuddalore around 7:30. We got ready and went to Thillai Nataraja Temple. Its just few hundred meters from hotel akshaya. We left the sandals in the shop infront of the temple and went inside the temple. There was a dance program going on one side and some other pooja in front. There was aarathi happening when we went inside and there was a huge crowd in front. This temple like other temple doesn't have a straight path to go inside and have darshan and move out. The entrance to main mandapa is from the side and to enter that one needs to get special entrance ticket. This is nothing but a piece of paper in which the priest sitting in front write number of people and give it. We showed that sheet to the person at side entrance and went up. There too again we couldn't get proper darshan. People were pushing and pulling. We waited for some time and finally had darshan. It was more of business in the temple. The priest at front was selling some pooja for which we need to pay 1200 Rs and they will do pooja and send prasadham (viboodhi) every month. Then even prasadha (tamarind rice) needs to be purchased and no free prasadham. It was too late and we too were tired so we did not spend much time in the temple. We sat out for a while and went back to hotel. More info on the temple and the chidambara ragasiyam can be found here. One of the five Shiva temple representing the five natural elements. This temple represent sky.

Few pics from the temple.

One of the Gopurams.


Few paintings on the roof.

Shilpi and Harsh at the entrance.

Lord Nataraja depicted with light.

One of the must visit temple in Tamilnadu. Need to visit it again during day and have more peaceful darshan. 

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