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Pilgrimages of Tamil Nadu - Cuddalore district
- Chidambaram (Famous pilgrimage of Shiva and a Pancha Bhoota Sthalam)
- Thiruchitrakootam Divya Desam (Divya Desam)
- Famous pilgrimage of Nataraja: Chidambaram is associated with the legend of Lord Shiva. According to this legend, once Lord Shiva went to Darukavana in the form of a mendicant to remove the pride of learning of the rishis there. Shiva was having a begging bowl in his hand and He was accompanied by Mohini (Lord Vishnu in disguise). The wives of the rishis were greatly attracted by this beautiful pair. The rishis became angry because of this and tried to destroy them through supernatural powers. They sent a tiger. Shiva killed it and wrapped the tiger skin on His waist. Then they sent a poisonous serpent. Shiva tied it around His neck. Thereafter they sent Apasmara Muyalaka. Shiva crushed him under His feet. The rishis became humble and confessed defeat. Shiva was pleased and started to dance the great Tandava dance before the gods and the rishis. Lord Adisesha hearing the description of the great Tandava dance of Shiva yearned to see it himself. He performed penance and had the darshan of Shiva. Shiva directed him to go to the forest of Tillai. Adisesha incarnated as Patanjali and went to the forest of Tillai. Rishi Vyaghrapada joined him there. Both of them started worshipping Shiva in the form of Swayambhu Linga. (The hermitage of Patanjali is at Ananteeswaram and Vyaghrapada at Tirupapuleeswaram in Chidambaram). When the time was ripe, Lord Shiva appeared there in the form of Nataraja and performed the Ananda Tandava in the presence of Sivakamasundari, the gods and the rishis including Patanjali and Vyaghrapada. The Chit Sabha, the innermost portion of the temple is the place where Lord Shiva performed His Ananda Tandava.
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- Pancha Bhoota Sthalam: Chidambaram has one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams, the Nataraja temple representing the Akasha Lingam (Sky or Space).
(Pancha Bhoota Sthalams are: Kanchipuram Ekambareswara [Prithivi Lingam], Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara [Jala Lingam], Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara [Agni Lingam], Srikalahasti Srikalahasteeswara [Vayu Lingam], Chidambaram Nataraja [Akasha Lingam])
- Divya Desam: Chidambaram is one of the 108 Divya Desams known as Thiruchitrakootam Divya Desam.
(Refer to the list of Divya Desams)
- Chidambaram is located in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.
Thiruchitrakootam (Chidambaram) Divya Desam - Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple:
According to legend, Sri Vishnu gave darshan to Kanva rishi here. In an earlier yuga, Kanva rishi meditated on the Lord and asked for moksha. The Lord then directed the rishi to perform penance in Pundarikapuram which is located among Thillai vanam with Pundarika Pushkarini. The severe penance of the rishi made the devas worried who went to Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu to know the reason of the penance. Lord Vishnu told the devas that the rishi was performing penance on His direction and they should go to Pundarikapuram and build a Chitrakutam for the Lord. As promised, the Lord came to that place in Garuda vahanam and gave darshan to the rishi.
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The God is Sri Govindaraja Perumal.
The Thiruchitrakootam (Chidambaram) Divya Desam is located in the Cuddakore district of Tamil Nadu.
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Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu -
Tridevis: Saraswati -
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Others: Murugan -
Final: Vedas -
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