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Chidambaram Kapaleeswarar

Chidambaram Kapaleeswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Natarajah and is one of the most respected. Chidambaram is located about 250 km south of Chennai (Madras) and is conveniently reachable.

Chidambaram mainly showcases the seat of the cosmic dancer Nataraja with the Ananda Tandava pose depicting the cosmic dance of bliss. Chidambaram is one of the images signifying the 5 elements of wind, water, fire,earth and space.

In Tamil the word temple means 'Koil' and Chidambaram is referred to, in Hindu scriptures by other names such as Thillai, Puliyur, Chittambalam, Vyagrapuram and Pundareekapuram. These temples are abode of sanctity and holiness due to its religious significance and the miracle stories mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

Chidambaram Kapaleeswarar dates back to the eighth century Pallava architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Mylapore. Chidambaram Kapaleeswarar is of particular importance as it finds mention in the ancient devotional hymns sung by the Hindu Nayanmars in around seventh century.

The stucco gods, goddesses and saints in the temple depict important Puranic legends. The temple courtyard flaunts The Punnai tree which is one of oldest trees in entire Chennai city.

The temple is an excellent expression of the archetypal Dravidian architecture with its huge and ornately carved gopuram rising into the sky. This ancient Siva temple is an enchanting introduction to Dravidian temple sculpture and architecture and the myths.

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