Chidambaram

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Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.wikipedia
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Tamil Nadu

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Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The celebrated Nataraja temple at Chidambaram and the Sri Ranganathaswami Temple at Srirangam held special significance for the Cholas which have been mentioned in their inscriptions as their tutelary deities.

Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram

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The town is known for the Thillai Nataraja Temple, and the annual chariot festival held in the months of December–January (In the Tamil month of Marghazhi known as "Margazhi Urchavam") and June to July (In the Tamil month of Aani known as "Aani Thirumanjanam")
Nataraja Temple, also referred to as the Chidambaram Nataraja temple or Thillai Nataraja temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nataraja – Shiva as the lord of dance – in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India.

Annamalai University

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Annamalai University, established in 1929 in Chidambaram, is one of the oldest and most prominent universities in the state.
Annamalai University is a state university located in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India.

Pichavaram

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The Thillai trees of the nearby Pichavaram wetlands, the second largest mangrove forest in the world, extends to the temple area.
Pichavaram is a village near Chidambaram in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, India.

Temple car

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The town is known for the Thillai Nataraja Temple, and the annual chariot festival held in the months of December–January (In the Tamil month of Marghazhi known as "Margazhi Urchavam") and June to July (In the Tamil month of Aani known as "Aani Thirumanjanam")
Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai, Chidambaram Natarajar Temple are among the temples that possess these huge wooden chariots for regular processions.

Cuddalore district

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Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Sundarar

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The temple and the deity were immortalized in Tamil poetry in the works of Thevaram by three poet saints belonging to the 7th century - Thirugnana Sambanthar, Thirunavukkarasar and Sundaramoorthy Nayanar.
At Tirupunkoor near Thillai Chidambaram a famous saivite temple, the region was devoid of rains for a long time.

Kulothunga Chola III

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Most inscriptions available pertain to the periods of Cholas - Rajaraja Chola I (985-1014 CE), Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044 CE), Kulothunga Chola I (1070-1120 CE), Vikrama Chola (1118-1135 CE), Rajadhiraja Chola II (1163 -1178 CE), Kulothunga Chola III (1178-1218 CE) and Rajaraja Chola III (1216-1256 CE).
He is credited with building a number of temples, including the Sarabeswara Temple at Tribhuvanam in Kumbakonam district, Tamil Nadu, as well as the renovation and repairs to the two temples proclaimed as tutelary deities of the Cholas, namely the Shiva temple at Chidambaram and the Sri Ranganathaswami Temple of Srirangam.

Thiruvasagam

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Manikkavasagar, the 10th century saivite poet has written two works, the first called Thiruvasakam (The sacred utterances) which largely has been sung in Chidambaram and the Thiruchitrambalakkovaiyar (aka Thirukovaiyar), which has been sung entirely in the temple.
Most of the portions in Thiruvasagam is first sung in Thillai Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram.

Manikkavacakar

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Manikkavasagar, the 10th century saivite poet has written two works, the first called Thiruvasakam (The sacred utterances) which largely has been sung in Chidambaram and the Thiruchitrambalakkovaiyar (aka Thirukovaiyar), which has been sung entirely in the temple.
Finally, he settled in Chidambaram.

Kulottunga I

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Most inscriptions available pertain to the periods of Cholas - Rajaraja Chola I (985-1014 CE), Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044 CE), Kulothunga Chola I (1070-1120 CE), Vikrama Chola (1118-1135 CE), Rajadhiraja Chola II (1163 -1178 CE), Kulothunga Chola III (1178-1218 CE) and Rajaraja Chola III (1216-1256 CE).
Another inscription of his, in Sanskrit (undated) from Chidambaram, gives a similar account, where the king is said to have conquered the five Pandyas with the help of a huge army and burnt down the fort of Korkara-durga (Korkai), the early Pandyan capital, as if it was made of straw, just as the son of Pandu (Arjuna), had burnt the Khandava forest.

Chidambaram (state assembly constituency)

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Chidambaram comes under the Chidambaram assembly constituency and it elects a member to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly once every five years.
Chidambaram is the legislative assembly in Cuddalore district, which includes the city, Chidambaram.

Tamil literature

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There is reference to the temple or the town in Sangam literature of the first to fifth centuries and the earliest mention is found in Tamil literature.
His most famous work is the Nandan Charitam on the life of Nandanar who having been born in a sociologically lower caste, faces and overcomes the social obstacles in achieving his dream of visiting the Chidambaram temple.

Nataraja

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The main complex is dedicated to Shiva Nataraja and the complex contains shrines to deities such as Shivakami Amman, Ganesh, Murugan and Vishnu in the form Govindaraja Perumal.
The dance of Shiva in Tillai, the traditional name for Chidambaram, forms the motif for all the depictions of Shiva as Nataraja.

Bhikshatana

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Shiva, hearing this, assumed the form of Bhikshatana, a simple mendicant seeking alms, and went walking in Thillai.
For instance, in Chidambaram (where a famous Nataraja temple stands), Bhikshatana is paraded in a golden chariot during the annual temple festival.

Rajah Muthiah Medical College

Annamalai University is a public university located in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India.Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Rajah Muthiah Dental College, Muthiah Polytechnic College, Government Arts College, Ragavendra Arts and science college, C.S. Jain College of Pharmacy and Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Institute of Maritime and Science Engineering College(pkimsec) are some of the prominent colleges in the town.
Rajah Muthiah Medical College (RMMC) is a government medical college located in Chidambaram, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu, India.

Parantaka I

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The golden tiled roof for the Chitrambalam (the vimanam) was laid by the Chola King Parantaka I(907-950 CE) following which he was given the title "Thillaiyambalathhukku porkoorai veiyntha thevan", meaning the one who constructed the golden roof.
He is reported to have covered the Chidambaram Siva Temple with golden roof.

Vikrama Chola

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Most inscriptions available pertain to the periods of Cholas - Rajaraja Chola I (985-1014 CE), Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044 CE), Kulothunga Chola I (1070-1120 CE), Vikrama Chola (1118-1135 CE), Rajadhiraja Chola II (1163 -1178 CE), Kulothunga Chola III (1178-1218 CE) and Rajaraja Chola III (1216-1256 CE).
Vikrama Chola was a great devotee of Siva and greatly patronised the temple at Chidambaram.

Chidambaram railway station

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Chidambaram railway station is located in the rail head from Mayiladuthurai to Viluppuram.
Chidambaram railway station (Code: CDM) is a railway station situated in Chidambaram, a municipal town and a taluk headquarters in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu, India.

Chola Nadu

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The region is sandwiched between the historical regions of Tondai Nadu in the north, the Madurai region in the south and Kongu Nadu in the west and roughly extends from Chidambaram in north to the southern frontier of the erstwhile Pudukkottai kingdom and from Tiruchirapalli in the west to the Bay of Bengal in the east.

Cuddalore

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There are daily express trains to Chennai, Rameswaram, Tirupathi, Cuddalore and Manamadurai.
The National Highways, NH-45A Viluppuram—Pondicherry—Cuddalore—Chidambaram—Nagapattinam Highway passes through Cuddalore.

Coimbatore

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The State Express Transport Corporation operates long distance buses connecting the town to important cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Salem and Thoothukudi.

Mayiladuthurai

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Chidambaram railway station is located in the rail head from Mayiladuthurai to Viluppuram.
There are passenger trains that connect Mayiladuthurai with Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvarur, Chidambaram and Viluppuram.

Municipality

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Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

India

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Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.