Nataraj Temple #Chidambaram is also referred as Thillai Nataraj Temple
Cholas considered #Nataraja as their family diety
Chidambaram means "Clothed in wisdom"
Its one of the oldest & amazing Temples of South dedicated to #Space
An architectural & spiritual marvel
Plz read
*The big toe of #Nataraj here is the "Center Point of World's #magneticEquator
Ancient Tamil Scholar #Thirumoolar proved this 5000 yrs ago

*Its based in Humans having 9 enterances to the body

*Roof made of 21600 gold sheets denoting 21600 breaths taken by a human everyday
15 x 60 x 24 = 21600)

*These sheets r fixed on the “Vimanam” (Roof) using 72000 gold nails which denote the total no. of Nadis (Nerves) in the human body

*Ponnambalam ” placed slightly tilted towards left
Represnting Heart
5 steps to reach itcalled “Panchatshara padi ”
“Si, Va, Ya, Na, Ma ”r 5 Panchatshara mantras

4 pillars holding Kanagasabha representing the 4 Vedas

Ponnambalam has 28 pillars denoting the 28 Ahamas & 28 methods to worship Shiv ji,
Supported by 64 +64 Roof Beams which denote the 64 Arts
Cross beams represent Blood Vessels
Kalasas on Golden Roof represent 9 types of Sakthi or Energies

6 pillars at Artha Mantapa represent the 6 types of Sashtras

The 18 pillars in the adjacant Mantapa represents 18 Puranams

The story of Chidambaram begins with Shiva ji strolling into the Thillai Vanam
Meaning forest of thillai trees - botanical name Exocoeria agallocha, a species of mangrove trees.
The temple sculptures depicting the Thillai trees date back to the 2nd century CE).

In forest resided a group of saints or 'rishis' who believed in the supremacy of magic &
God can be controlled by magic
Shiv Ji in form of "Pitchatanadar" Walks in the forest
Rishis In anger 1st release serpents, that Shiv Ji wears in His hair & neck
Then releases A tiger, that he wore as His cloth

Enraged, Rishis invoke powerful demon
Shiv Ji smiles +7

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