Chidambaram is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu in Cuddalore District. This place has been known for its rich culture, rooted in the glorious history and religious myths. There are several legends associated with Chidambaram, such as that of Lord Shiva, who performed a cosmic dance on a demon’s back. Another legend is about the duel dance between Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali. The name of the town comes from the Tamil word Chitrambalam, meaning a small hall or stage. The town has influences of the dynasties that ruled it; Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Marathas and the British.
Chidambaram is most prominent for the Thillai Nataraja Temple and the annual chariot festival. The Thillai Nataraja Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The popular bronze idols of Shiva as Nataraja were first made in Chidambaram town. Most of the regional festivals celebrated here and the tourism of this town are centred around the temple.
62,153 as recorded in 2011
The official language is Tamil
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