All You Need to Know about Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

The word Chidambaram is derived from two words ‘Chit’ meaning ‘consciousness’ and ‘ambaram’ meaning ‘sky’ (akasha) and signifies the sky of consciousness, which is the ultimate state one should attempt to attain. Another theory is that it is derived from chit + ambalam. Ambalam means a “stage” for performing arts. The chidakasam is the state of supreme bliss or aananda and Lord Nataraja is the symbolic representation of the supreme bliss or aananda thandavam. Saivaites believe that a visit to Chidambaram leads to liberation.


Built during the 10th century AD by Chola Kings, Chidambaram temple has a very old history. The temple has been renovated by several dynasties. The notable contributions were by the Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Chera and Vijayanagara rulers during the periods of ancient and medieval history. The Sangam classics refer to Viduvelvidugu Perumtaccan, respected clan of traditional Vishwakarmas, was the chief architect of the temple renovation. The present structure of the temple has its roots in the 12th and 13th centuries AD.

This ancient temple of the Cholas is unique as it is one of the rare temples where Shiva is represented by an idol rather than the customary lingam. According to the legend, Aadi Sesha, the serpent god, heard about the grandeur of Shiva’s cosmic dance from Lord Vishnu. Filled with irrepressible desire to witness the dance in person at Chidambaram, Seshan descended to the earth as Patanjali. At the appointed hour, Shiva granted to Patanjali, a visual treat in the form of his Cosmic Dance of Bliss, to the accompaniments of music played by several divine personalities in the Hindu pantheon. This Dance of Bliss is said to have been witnessed by Lord Vishnu, and there is a Govindaraja shrine in the Natarajar Temple commemorating this.

There are five main principle sabhas in this temple, which are known as Chit Sabha, Kanaka Sabha, Deva Sabha, Nritya Sabha and Raja Sabha. The main idol of Lord Shiva or Nataraja resides in the Chit Sabha. The second is the Kanaka Sabha – in front of the Chit Sabha, from where the daily rituals are conducted. The Kanaka Sabha is adorned by gold plated roof. The golden roof is made of 22600 tiles representing the number of breaths of a human being on a day, and fixed with 72,000 golden nails representing the 72,000 visible and invisible nerves of a human body! The roof is having 9 ornamental conic heads (Kalasas), representing the nine gateways or holes in a human body. There are five courtyards, representing five sheaths of a human body, kosas.

Chidambaram Temple is also associated with Chidambara Ragasiyam which is a belief that there is a secret message conveyed through the embossed figure near the shrine of Shiva here. Since ancient times, it is believed that this is the place where Lord Shiva and Parvathi are present, but are invisible to the naked eyes of normal people. In the Chidambaram temple of Lord Nataraja, Chidambara Ragasiyam is hidden by a curtain. Darshan of Chidambara Ragasiyam is possible only when priests open the curtain for special poojas. People who are fortunate to have a darshan of Chidambara Ragasiyam can merely see golden vilva leaves signifying the presence of Lord Shiva and Parvathi in front of them.

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the heart of Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Chidambaram Temple is one of the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram is one of the Pancha Bhootha Sthalams of Lord Shiva, represents akasha (ether). The other four temples are Thiruvanaikovil Jambukeswara (water), Kanchi Ekambareswara (earth), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire), and Kalahasteeswara Temple (wind).

Marghazhi Thiruvaadhirai and the Aani Thirumanjanam are the most important festivals of the temple. During these festivals, the main deity being brought outside the sanctum sanctorum in a procession that included a temple car procession followed by a long anointing ceremony.

The Chidambram temple has always followed both Vedic and Tamil version of worships, chanting of Rudram and singing of Tevaram and Tiruvachakam. The temple is a privately owned property run by a Trust and it is not under government control.

Thousands of domestic and international pilgrims visit the temple each day, worshipping wholeheartedly at the sanctum sanctorum and leaving the temple as a changed person. Thillai Kaliamman Temple, Pichavaram, Gangai Konda Cholapuram, Thirukkadaiyur, and Mayiladuthurai are the other Places to visit in Chidambaram.


5 Top Tourist Places to Visit in Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a fascinating hill station in Uttarakhand and also one of the popular places to experience Uttarakhand tourism. With its beautiful, undulating, tree-covered hills, looking down on the Doon valley and with a fantastic view of the Mighty Himalayas attracts thousands of both domestic and international tourists every year. Kempty Falls, Camel’s Back Road, Lal Tibba, Cloud’s End and Company Bagh are the major and the top places to visit in Mussoorie.

Camel’s Back Road

Camel’s Back road is one of the important places to visit in Mussoorie. Built in 1845, it provide a walking track with a picturesque view of the Himalayas. Shaped like a Camel’s hump, it is a 3 km long stretch with the natural display of rocks. Great place for sunset, one can also spot the peaks of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Trishul are visible from here.

Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is the highest point and one of the top places to visit in Mussoorie. Also referred as Depot Hill, a telescope is placed at the tower on a cliff by municipality to offer mesmerizing views of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch, and other Himalayan ranges. The place has an old British architectural style hill houses a camp of the Indian Military Services, towers of Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Company Bagh

Filled with several colorful flowers, Company Bagh is one of the popular and the beautiful Mussoorie Tourist Places. Also known as Municipal Garden, the garden has a lush green carpet of lawns and a fountain. Previously called as Botanical Gardens of Mussoorie, the park is maintained by the Garden Welfare Association of Mussoorie. An artificial lake and a small waterfall is located inside the garden is the another attraction.

Kempty Falls

Kempty Waterfall is a gigantic waterfall and one of the famous tourist places to visit in Mussoorie. Developed by a British officer John Mekinan, the falls is known for its milky stream of water. It offer a mesmerizing view as the water dropping from a height of about 50 feet flowing through five cascading falls in the downstream.

Cloud’s End

Cloud’s End is the landmark of the end of the Mussoorie. Known for its spectacular views of hills, the place offers activities like hill climbing, nature walks in the nearby forest. A heritage building built by Major Swetenham, a British officer in 1838 is also an attraction of this place. One can reach Cloud’s End by trekking along the Hathipaon Road from the popular Happy Valley or by Car.

5 Top Tourist Places to Visit in Nainital

Nainital is a distinct and popular tourist destination of India. Blessed with gorgeous lakes, ancient temple and exotic scenery, it is one of the famous honeymoon destination and one of the top tourist places in Uttarkhand. Nainital is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the town is spread around the wonderful Naini Lake. Nainital Lake, Naina Peak, Naina Devi Temple, High altitude Zoo and Snow View Point are the major places to visit in Nainital and allures huge number of domestic and foreign tourists every year. Here are some of the top tourist places to visit in Nainital.

Naini Peak

Also known as China Peak, is the highest hill top and one of the picturesque places to visit in Nainital. Perched at an altitude of 2615 m, the peak offers spectacular views of the surrounding places. Due to high altitude and lush green forest, Naina Peak is one of the favorite place for trekking. One can also view the Tibet Border and Nanda Devi Peak from the top of the Naina Peak.

Naini Lake

Nainital Lake is a natural freshwater lake and one of the major tourist places to visit in Nainital. Popularly known as Naini Lake, the lake is lunar-shaped and has an outlet at the southeastern end. Covers a perimeter of 2 miles with a depth varies from 6 m to 28 m, the lake topology has two parts namely Mallital and Tallital. Nainital Boat Club provides boating and yachting facilities with both pedal and rowing boats.

Naina Devi temple

Naina Devi Temple is a famous and well-known temple dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi, represented by two eyes. The place draws devotees from far-away places and one of the main places to visit in Nainital. Inside the sanctum, devotees can have darshan of three deities like Mata Kali Devi, Naina Devi and Lord Ganesh. Nanda Ashtami is an 8 days big festival organized in the premises of Naina Devi temple.

High altitude Zoo

High Altitude Zoo is one of the famous places to visit in Nainital. Built in 1984, the Zoo was established with the objective to conserve and protect the wildlife and biodiversity of the hill region of Uttarkhand. The zoo has numerous endangered species of animals in the Himalayas and animals like snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Japanese Macaque, Sambar, Himalayan Civet, Himalayan Martin, Barking Dear, Royal Bengal Tiger and Himalayan bear.

Snow View point

Snow View point is one of the stunning places to visit in Nainital and also one among the well-known tourist places. Perched at an altitude of 2270 m, the place offers picturesque views of snowcapped mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot. There is a small temple and the monastery located here is also a must visit spot.

Popular Attractions in Magical Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful Hill States situated in India. Dense alpine forests, frosty snow clad peaks, deep gorges, verdant valleys, meandering rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, ancient temples and magnificent monasteries make Himachal is one of the top places to visit in India and also one of the best summer destinations in India. Shimla, Manali, Lahul, Kullu, Dharmashala, Dalhousie, Kasauli and Mcleod Ganj are the top places to Visit in Himachal.


Top tourists places to visit in Himachal Pradesh


Shimla is popularly referred as the ‘Queen of Hills’ and also one of the best tourist places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. This lovely hill station was developed by the British as their summer capital. The Kalka – Shimla toy train is also one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The Ridge, Mall Road, Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, Annandale, Chadwick Falls, Jakhu Hill, Kufri, Fagu Resort and Narkanda are the famous Shimla tourist places to visit. As Shimla weather is pleasant, tourists can visit throughout the year.


Known for its snowcapped mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture. Often referred to as the ‘Valley of the Gods’, Manali is among the popular places to visit in Himachal and also one of the top summer getaways in India. Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashist Temple, Manu temple, Naggar Castle and Manikaran are the top tourist places to visit in Manali. Renowned as one of the famous Honeymoon destinations in India, Manali offers adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. Manali weather is predominantly cold during winter and moderately cool during summer.


Known as ‘Valley of Gods’, Kullu is one of the largest valleys in Himachal and also a popular place to experience Himachal Tourism. It is one of the best spot for adventure sports and offers some activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding and hiking. Manikaran, Malana, Bijli Mahadev, Kasol, Kheer Ganga, Katrain, Kangra and Great Himalayan National Park are the major tourist places to visit in Kullu.


known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, because of its large population of Tibetans and Buddhist Monasteries. It is one of the popular summer getaways in North India and also one of the popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala consists of two distinct parts – Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamsala is a bustling civil and commercial center whereas Upper Dharamshala, known more commonly as McLeod Ganj, is the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Chamunda Temple, Dalai Lama Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, Norbulingka Institute, Gyuto Monastery and Indru Nag are some of the prime tourist attractions in Dharmashala.


Dalhousie is a scenic hill station located in Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by snow peaked mountains, Dalhousie is one of the top places to visit as part of Himachal tourism packages. Dalhousie is known for its pleasant climate and charming beauty surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Ganji Pahari, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, Bara Pathar temple, St. Patrick Church, Satdhara Falls, Kalatop Sanctuary and Panchpula, are the top places to visit in Dalhousie. Garam Sadak, Jhandri ghat, Moti tibba and Sach pass are the ideal trekking places in Dalhousie.


Kasauli is a picturesque hill stations in Himachal. It is well known for its pristine and unspoiled natural beauty. The name Kasauli came from Kausalya, a mountain stream which flows between Kasauli and Jabli. Kasauli is quite cheapest hill station compared to popular Himachal hill stations like Shimla & Manali. Christ Church, Monkey Point, Lower and Upper Mall, Sanawar, Sabathu Fort are some of the major places of sightseeing in Kasauli. Kasauli weather is pleasant in April to June and from September to November.

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is the cultural center for Buddhists. Spiti is home to some of the highest villages, oldest monasteries and the most stunning landscapes. Kye Monastery and Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world are situated in Spiti Valley. Kye Monastery is the oldest training center for monks, founded by Dromton, a famous disciple of teacher Atisha in the 11th century AD. Kunzum Pass, Chandratal Lake, Dhankar Monastery, Suraj Tal Lake, Dhankar Lake and Pin Valley National Park are the popular places to visit in Spiti Valley.

Top Places to Visit in Dalhousie

Dalhousie is an enchanting hill station surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Lies at an elevation of 1,970 m, Dalhousie is one of the famous and the most visited places to experience Himachal tourism. Spread over the five hills known as Katalagh, Potreyn, Bakrota, Terah and Bhangora, it is one of the popular and the romantic destination for honeymooners. Chamera Lake, Panchpula, Ganji Pahadi, Khajjiar and Dainkund Peak are the top and major places to visit in Dalhousie. listed top 5 places to visit in Dalhousie



Panchpula is a scenic place surrounded by picturesque mountains and green valleys and one of the top places to visit in Dalhousie. Originates from Dain Kund, Panchpula stream is the main resource of water supply to Dalhousie and nearby villages. There is a spring fall on the way to Panchpula which is known as the Satdhara spring fall and is believed that the fresh waters of Satdhara contain healing medical properties. Also, Panchpula is famous for treks that originate here and leads to Dalhousie and nearby places.

Chamera Lake


Chamera Lake is an artificial lake and one of the top tourist places to visit in Dalhousie. Positioned at an altitude of 1700 m, the lake is an excellent site for activities like fishing, angling and boating. One of the main hydel projects of Himachal Pradesh, Chamera Hydel Electric Project is situated nearby. Formed by Chamera Dam, it is a major source of water supply for the villagers and is continuously fed by the Ravi River. One of the main hydel projects of Himachal Pradesh, Chamera Hydel Electric Project is situated nearby.

Ganji Pahari

Ganji Pahari is a serene and quaint hill in Dalhousie and one of the main places to visit in Dalhousie. Being one of the most popular nature walks and destinations in Dalhousie, the place offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding snowcapped hills and valleys. The trek is an easy to moderate one with a distance of 1 km from Panchpula which takes around 20-30 minutes to reach the summit of the hill.

Dainkund Peak

Dainkund Peak is the highest mountain peak and one of the most popular places to visit in Dalhousie. The Indian Air Force base and Pholani Devi temple are the other two main attractions of this place. Although trekking is the most common activity with lush green trees and tranquil mountains, the peak offers a clear view of the flow of the rivers Ravi, Chenab and Beas.



Khajjiar is a charming hill station situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas. Often referred as ‘Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar is a magnificent spot with an emerald saucer shaped meadow amidst a dense forest which has a lake with a floating island at its center and a temple with a golden spire. Also called the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh and a popular getaway for adventure sports in Himachal state, it is also one of the important places to visit in Dalhousie.

Top Places to Visit in Manali

Manali is the gorgeous hill station situated in the northern end of Kullu Valley. With splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains, Manali is one of the top honeymoon destinations and also the popular tourist places to experience Himachal Pradesh tourism. Situated at an altitude 2050 meters, Manali is famous for the adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Hidimbi Devi Temple, Vashist Temple & Hot Water Springs, Manu Temple, Solang Valley and Rohtang pass are the prime attractions and the top places to visit in Manali. listed top 5 places to visit in Manali

Hidimbi Devi Temple


Hidimbi Devi Temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. Built in 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh, it is one of the prime and the important places to visit in Manali. Built in pagoda style, the temple does not contain any idol but just a footprint on a stone. With 24 meter high tower, the top conical roof is in metal and the other three square-shaped floors are roofed with timbre tiles. A rope hangs down in front of the rock,and according to a legend,in bygone days religious zealots would tie the hands of “sinners” by the rope and then swing them against the rock.

Vashist Temple & Hot Water Springs

Vashist temple is one of old temple and the top places to visit in Manali. Decorated with excellent and beautiful carvings on wood, there is a black stone image of Rishi wearing dhoti is present inside the temple. Believed to be more than 4000 years old temple, the interior of this temple is rather traditional which is ornamented with antique painting and figures. One of the major attractions of this region is the Vashist Hot Water Spring, is believed to have medicinal value which cures many skin diseases.

Manu Temple

Situated on the banks of River Beas, Manu Temple is a magnificent temple dedicated to the sage Manu who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. Built in pagoda style, the temple is one of the major places to visit in Manali and attracts large of tourists from different parts of the world. Rebuilt in 1992, one has to walk through the slippery stone paths of old Manali for about 200 meters to reach the temple. The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth.

Rohtang Pass


Rohtang Pass is a high mountain on the eastern Pir Pangal Range of the Himalayas. Placed at a height of 4111 meters, it is one of the stunning and the beautiful tourist places to visit in Manali. Offers a panoramic and the mesmerizing Mountain View, it is the best place to experience snow in summer season and famous place for adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh. The pass is on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River.

Solang Valley


Solang Valley is one of the well-known places to visit in Manali. Placed at a height of 8500 feet, the place offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and glaciers. The two main activities organized here are Skiing and Paragliding. In winter, the valley becomes a skiing paradise with children of all ages slipping and sliding over the fresh white snow. In summer, it has facilities for paragliding, zorbing, mountain biking and horse riding.

Top Places to Visit in Thanjavur

Home to Tanjore painting, Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Sited on the banks of the River Cauvery, Thanjavur is famous for its Brihadeeswar Temple built by Rajaraja Chola in the year 1010 AD. Considered as an important agricultural centre located in the Cauvery Delta and is known as the ‘Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu’. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments are located in and around Thanjavur. listed top 4 places to visit in Thanjavur

Brihadeeswar Temple


Brihadishvara Temple is a popular and ancient Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva. This 212 ft. (64.8 meter) towering Shiva temple is home to one of the largest Shiva Lingas of the country. Built out of granite, the temple has huge statue of Nandi and the outer wall of the upper storey is carved with 108 dance postures of Bharatanatyam. Considered as the big temple, the temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Great Living Chola Temples’. The temple faces east, and once had a water moat around it. This has been filled up. The fortified wall now runs around this moat. The two walls have ornate gateways called the gopurams. These are made from stone and display entablature. The main gateways are on the east side.

Thanjavur Palace


Thanjavur Royal Palace is one of the ancient palace in Thanjavur constructed by the Nayakas around 1550 CE. Also known as ‘Aranmanai’ and Maratha Palace, the palace hosts myriad primeval items including the Thanjavur paintings, statues from the Pallava, Chola, Pandiya and Nayaka periods. Divided into two parts, where the first part followed by Saraswathi Mahal Library is extended by Maratha rulers and it houses Royal Museum, Maratha Darbar Hall and Sangeetha Mahal. The second part of the palace was constructed during Nayaka period and it houses Goodagopuram, Manimandapam and Art Gallery.

Schwartz Church

Schwartz Church is one of the important old structures in India that were built during the British administration in the country. Built by Raja Serfoji in 1779 to honor the Danish missionary Reverend Frederick Christian Schwartz. Also known as Fort Church, the main attraction is the white marble monument and is noted for its intricate carvings depicting the final moments of Schwartz. It is also one of the top places to visit in Thanjavur.

Punnai Nallur Mariamman Temple

Popularly known as Mariamman Kovil, Punnai allur Mariamman temple is one of the famous Hindu temple built by the Maratha rulers. Built over the natural formation of the anthill, the seven-tiered gopuram was erected recently. The Great saint Sadhasiva Brammendra swamy shaped the white-ant hill into a form of Mariamman and also installed a powerful Chakra.