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Temples & Legends Of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

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Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
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CHIDAMBARAM

Introduction

The famous Nataraja temple is situated at Chidambaram, which is on the main railway line from Madras to Tanjore at a distance of 132 miles from Madras. This temple is also known as Ponnambalam and Tillai. It is also called Puliyur, Vyaghrapuram,
Perumbarapuliyur, Chitrambalam, Pundareekapuram and Hridayakamalam. Another name is simply Koil, the House of God.

In this temple, Siva is seen in the dancing posture of Ananda Tandavam. The story goes that once in Darukavanam, Siva wished to teach a lesson to the rishis who were proud of their learning. Siva took the form of a mendicant with a begging bowl in hand, accompanied by Vishnu disguised as Mohini. The rishipatnis (wives of the rishis) were attracted by the sight of the beautiful pair.

Author : R.K.Das

 

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