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Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

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Address: East Car Street, Chidambaram | Vijay Gems, 608001, India
Phone Number:
+91 93450 05815
06:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 22:00

This is one of the most significant temples in the region.

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Enjoyed very bit. Priests at many smaller temple approach you to pay for Prasad for year long, no completion, choice is yours.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chennai (Madras), India
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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed very bit. Priests at many smaller temple approach you to pay for Prasad for year long, no completion, choice is yours.

Thank SurajKamath
Rajapalayam, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Travelled about 400 kms from south and reached chidambaram to visit the temple, after a sudden decision.. there are many mysteries behind this temple... wonders about hindu religion, tamil culture and language, and even the answer for the word, "god" could be revealed, if the mysteries behind this temple comes out.

Thank karthicksudarsan
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called at this Temple on the way to Tanjore and enjoyed the visit.It was very busy with Indian families as it was one of the Pongal days in Tamil Nadu. The Hindu Temples in this area are well worth seeing and quite a few are stunning

Thank nestcottage
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Very colourful and one of the most important temples to see. Really crowded and dirtier than other temples though and we felt like there were more priests than anywhere else who kept asking for money at very corner and wouldn't budge even though we had given a decent amount just before !

Thank M P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I came from USA to visit this temple, great architecture and well reception from priest. Need to come during off-season to spend time.

Thank Bharani K
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Chidambaram temple is less than 2 hours drive from Pondicherry. The best part is you can and you should club this visit with pichavaram. The second largest mangroves in the world after Sunderbans. The moment you enter the temple ,if you are spiritually inclined, you will feel silence in the mind. I am not sure of others. This is a... More 

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Pune, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Chidambaram, in Tamil Nadu, is the abode of the Celestial Dancer, Lord Nataraja. We recently visited this massive temple complex that houses the main temple, besides temples of Goddess Shivakami Amman, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. 4 tall gopurams were visible from a central point in the complex. At the shrine’s entrance, a priest was issuing tokens to enter the... More 

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Huge temple, beautiful sculptures, plenty if shiny colors and vast diversity of people coming to worship shiva. A little it out of the tourists route in this area but worth a visit

Thank Elhanan S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This is i think very old temple and very nice one. Pleasent Darsham. Should go with all family as the architecture of the temple is quite nice and everyone will enjoy.

Thank DSMurthy
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Chidambaram Nataraja is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located around 280 kM south of Chennai, The temple is actually a huge complex and has seen many renovations in its history, during the days of Pallava / Chola emperors. The temple complex spread over 50 acres in the heart of the city. It is an ancient and historic temple... More 

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