Chidambaram Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located 78 km south of Pondicherry and 235 Km from Chennai. The word Chidambaram may be derived from Chit, meaning “consciousness”, and Ambaram, meaning ‘sky’.Chidambaram is one of the five holiest Shiva temples, each representing one of the five natural elements. Chidambaram represents akasha (aether). The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water), Kanchi Ekambareswara (earth), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire), and Kalahasti Nathar (wind).The scientists have proved that at Lord Nataraja ‘s big toe is the Centre Point of World ‘s Magnetic Equator. The dance of Lord Nataraja is described as Cosmic Dance. Our ancient Tamil Scholar Thirumoolar had proved this five thousand years ago!
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The temple is based on the Human Body having 9 Entrances denoting 9 Entrances or Openings of the body. The Temple roof is made of 21600 gold sheets which denote the 21600 breaths taken by a human being every day. These 21600 gold sheets are fixed on the Gopuram using 72000 gold nails which denote the total number of Nadis (Nerves) in the human body.“Ponnambalam ” is placed slightly tilted towards the left. This represents our Heart. To reach this, we need to climb 5 steps called “Panchatshara Padi “. “Si, Va, Ya, Na, Ma ” is the 5 Panchatshara mantras. 9 Kalasas on the Golden Roof represent the 9 types of Energies. The 6 pillars at the Artha Mantapa represent the 6 types of Sastras. The 18 pillars in the adjacent Mantapa represents 18 Puranams.
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