tradition Nataraja emerged from this place. Hence sanctity. The
sanctum of Devi Sivakama Sundari lies to the left of Nataraja's
icon. The beauty of the Murthis in glittering jewels and gorgeous
robes feast the eyes. Behind the image of Nataraja, there is a
chakra. The stone steps built to ascend the Chit Sabha are five in
number and mystically represent the five letters of the Panchakshara
mantra Om Na ma si va ya. The doors bear the embossed representation
of the Sages-Vyagrapada and Patanjali. Adjacent to it lies the
Sabha, where pujas are offered. The ceiling and roofs of these two
are covered with gold plates and go by the name of Ponnambalam.
Raja Sabha measuring 103 metres by 58 metres is housed in 1000
pillared hall. It is here Sekkilar recited his Periapuranam,
according to tradition. The Nritya Sabha comes next and it is richly
sculptured. It houses the image of Nataraja in Urdhava
Tandahava pose. Here the stones are pulsating with rhythm and life.
It is fitted with wheels and horses resembling a chariot. There is a
big shrine here for Govindaraja Perumal and it is grand, and rich in
sculptural adornments. The last is the DevaSabha - a spacious hall
meant for the celebration important festivals.