The Thillai Nataraja Temple as well known as Chidambaram Nataraja temple is a Hindu temple. The main gods of this temple are Lord Nataraja and Shiva. This temple is located in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. This temple was built in Dravidian architecture style. This temple is one of the pancha bhoota temples. That is, among the five great elements of nature such as fire, air, earth, water and akash, this temple is dedicated to Akash. It is a must visit temple to everyone that want to cherish Nataraja and Shiva as the lords of dance.
This temple is the 5th largest Hindu temple in the world by area. The area of the temple is 160,000 m². You can take the Nataraja temple tour all through the year. If you want to take part in the Arudhra dharshan, you need to go to the temple during December or January according to the dates of the Arudhra dharshan. The beauty of this temple is that, this is the only temple, where Lord Shiva is depicted as dancing figurine rather than Shivalingam.
You can take the temple from Chennai, Karnataka, Andhra and more places. Frequent buses will be available from many cities to reach the temple. This temple is just an hour away from Pondicherry. You can plan your trip to this temple either by bus or train or rail according to your starting destination. If you want to go by airway, you need to reach Trichy airport and from there you need to take bus to reach the temple.
Thillai Nataraja Temple 360 view