Gopuram or gateway, Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
Through this imposing gateway we enter one of India’s most sacred and ancient temples. The Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, simply known as Koyil, It is the centre of tradition, heritage and Shiva Bhakti in South India.
Situated in the Heart Chakra of the world, It is the stage where Lord Shiva performs His Cosmic Dance on earth. The dance of the atoms, stars and galaxies

Shiva Nataraja dancing the Ananda Tandava in Chidambaram

Inspired by the life and work of Raja Deekshithar, our father, friend and teacher, this site is open to all who wish to learn, teach, research and share about the Chidambaram Nataraja temple and all things related.


R.N.Natarajarathian (Raja) Deekshithar (1949-2010), independent scholar, author, highpriest of the Chidambaram Nataraja temple
Raja Deekshithar (1949-2010)
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The song in the video is a composition by Raja Deekshithar, about the mythology of the temple and Shiva’s Ananda Tandava, Dance of Bliss.


The temple of Chidambaram is the home of the Dancing Shiva, Lord of Cosmic Dance, Shiva Nataraja. Nataraja dances the dance of Creation and Destruction. The dance of the atoms, stars and galaxies. It can lay claim to many unique features.

The Trimurti or Trinity of Hinduism, Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer are all worshipped within one complex.

Shiva, who is the presiding deity of this temple, is worshipped here in three aspects: as form; as formless form; and as formless.

Besides being one of the largest temples in India, it is one of the very few temples practicing the Vedic tradition and rituals, where all other temples follow the Agamic doctrine of worship. The Vedic doctrine centers on the performance of the Yagna or fire sacrifice. This doctrine has been preserved by a community of hereditary priests is an unbroken, oral tradition. Called Deekshithars, they have been the guardians of the temple and its traditions since prehistoric times.

At the time of the Chariot Festival the main murti or image of the shrine, the Nataraja himself, is taken out for the procession, whereas in other temples special festival murtis are taken in procession, while the main murti remains in the temple sanctum.

This temple is open to all, without discrimination. The temple instructs visitors not to photograph or film any deities under worship.


This site is presented to you by the Raja Deekshithar Family Team,
Liesbeth PankajaKandhan,  Sankar and Jayakumar.
Raja Deekshithar Family Team, Kandhan, Liesbeth Pankaja, Sankar and Jayakumar
Kandhan, Liesbeth Pankaja, Sankar and Jayakumar