Chidambaram Journals

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A February 2001 trip to Chidambaram by writeandshare

Quote: This is one of the oldest temples of India , of the dancing Shiva i.e in Nataraja form . The legendary dance competition of the Lord Shiva and Kali took place. Shiva won the competition and Kali was banished outside the city where a small temple was constructed for her.

chidmabaram

Overview

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Morning and evening trips to the temple. Do not miss the golden roof of the sanctum santorum. It is pure gold, impressive and a symbol of purity. Go to the first floor to photograph it.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Walking - all lodges and hotels are near the temple. It is five hours from Chennai and one and a scenic half-hour drive from Pondicherry.
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These guest houses are located on an island across the Pichavaram boating jetty. Going back into time, there is no electricity and no cooking facilities. Lovely rooms and beds and at night one is cut off from the mainland. Early in the morning, one''s breakfast is rowed across by the friendly hotel staff and once again you are alone. Lovely and romantic at night, it is great to spend some time cut off from civilization. Boats are available.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2002

TTDC Guest House
Pichavaram
Chidambaram, India

Hotel Saradharam

Restaurant

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The hotel has three restaurants. One is like a coffee shop where some incredibly delicious breakfasts and thalis are served. There is a pizza room where one can watch television, browse the net and yes, have great pizza and coffee. In the evening the hotel has a separate dinner restaurant where food is great and the prices so modest that one is in danger of overeating.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2002

Hotel Saradharam
Opposite the main bus stand
Chidambaram, India

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Take a bus ride of about fifteen kilometres through breathtakingly green paddy fields and observe village life centred around a canal that runs along the bus route.

Arriving in Pichavaram about forty minutes later, the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal and a mangrove forest welcomes you. Rent a boat and a guide (you could get lost in that forest) and in about one hour you will reach the Bay of Bengal.

Returning have a drink at the TTDC bar and then if you wish to spend the night, stay at their guest house with the shimmering waters reflecting a tropical moon.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2002

Pichavaram Mangrove Backwaters
Pichavaram
Chidambaram, India

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Early morning at 6.30 am, the morning arati or the first puja of the day is performed at the Natraja temple. The sun shines and the golden roof of the temple is aglow. The priests bathe and dress the idols to the chanting of sanskrit shlokas and the arati, the drums and a bell beat out a tune. There is a huge 150 ton bell made in Germany and is pulled with the help of levers. Another bell is perched on the roof and again a set of intricate levers ringing out a loud rhythm, making the moment contemplative and meditative. The arati over, it is time to apply ashes to the forehead, bow one's head in surrender to God and, energized, proceed to face the day.

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chennai, India

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Morning arati or prayer at the temple