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Sri Nataraja Temple is a foremost Lord Shiva temple in Chidambaram in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. The world famous sculpture of Nataraja here in Chidambaram In Shaiva tradition, Chidambaram temple is the most important temple. It is a padal petra sthalam. It is also a pancha bootha sthalam where it presents – Sky.

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Parking Difficulty : Easy
Walking Needed : Less than 100 meters inside the temple
Time Needed : 20-30 minutes
Open Timings : 5.00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Still Photography : Not Allowed inside the Inner Sanctum
Video Photography : Not Allowed inside the Inner Sanctum
Moolavar : Thirumeninaathar / Sornamalai
Sthala Vruksham : Arasu /Punnai
Theertham : Bhagaveri River (Gundaaru)
Traditional Name: Thiruchuzhi
Padal : Sundarar
Tropical Climate for most part of the year. Wear Cotton (March-November)
Wear Traditional Dress. Cover yourself decently
Avoid Shoes
Nearest Railway Station : Kodai Road Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Madurai Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH32
Nearest Landmark : Kodai Market

The temple was constructed during 10th century AD. Though it was there for eons according to legends. The temple complex is a large one covering over 51 acres of land with various sects of hinduism like Surya, Muruga, Shakti, Shiva, Ganapathi and Vishnu have flourished here.

There are has records of history from 5th century It has a golden roof and huge halls and tanks. The primary deity here is Adi Moolanathar Lingam. However, the Natarajar deity and Govindaraja Perumal are famous and is considered as important by many pilgrims.

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