Chidambram is a holy pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that Lord Shiva himself came to reside here to please the saints but found that Goddess Kali was already in residence. It was decided that a dance competition would be held and the winner would reside in Chidambram. Lord Shiva performed his cosmic dance Tandav while the Lasya was performed by Goddess Kali. Lord Shiva won the competition and became Lord of Chidambaram. The dance performed by Shiva came to be known as Oorthuva Thandavam. In recent times, Chidambaram has also become well known for the Annamalai University, the first residential university in Tamil Nadu. The best time to visit is in February during Mahashivratri for the Natyanjali Dance Festival. Otherwise, anytime from September to March is good.
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for the Thillai Nataraja Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, as Nataraja. Thousands of devotees participate in the annual chariot festival held in the months of December- January and again in June-July. It is also known for the Annamalai University, established in 1929, one of the oldest and most prominent in the state.
In this temple, Mother Thillai Kali appears with four faces. She is facing West in a standing posture
The nearest airport is Trichy (168 km)
Chidambaram is connected by train to Chennai and all other cities
Chidambaram is connected by good roads to important towns in South India
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