FAMOUS TOURIST PLACES OF CHIDAMBARAM
- Dharasuram Airavateshwara Temple
The town of Darasuram is located near Kumbakonam. A 'Sculptor's dream in stone', musical pillars, mandapam in the shape of a chariot, a wealth of sculpture, and painting are synonymous with Airavateshvara Temple in Darasuram. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a well-preserved example of 12th century Chola architecture. Darasuram is an ancient town and is also boasts a silk weaving center. (It remains closed from 1200 hrs till 1600 hrs).
Gangaikonda Cholapuram was famed as the capital of the Cholas during the 11th century. It was during the reign of Rajendra Chola I, Gangaikonda Cholapuram reached the pinnacle of its fame. The name Gangaikonda Cholapuram means the city of the Chola King who captured the Ganges. The prime attraction at this place is the great temple of Lord Shiva. This temple is similar to the great temple Brihadishwara temple at Thanjavur. This temple is just behind the Thanjavur temple in its monumental nature and designs. There is a structure of a Vimana which holds the visitor's sight. It resembles the pyramidal tower in Thanjavur temple.
(It remains closed from 1200 hrs till 1600 hrs).
- Nataraj Temple
The Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is an excellent example of a unique amalgamation of a number of architectural styles. The innermost sanctum inside the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple has idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Chitsabha inside the temple is an interesting piece of architecture. The other fascinating and important shrine located inside the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is the Govindaraja Perumaal. There are five halls in the temples including Nritha Sabha, Hall of Immortal Dance. Sivakamiamman temple, the Sivaganga Tank, and the thousand pillar hall are also important features of the temple.
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