Shri Naganatha Deekshithar of the Chidambaram Nataraja temple and the Tillai Kali temple
Shri Naganatha Deekshithar performing Chandi Homa

Shri Naganatha Deekshithar, father of Raja Deekshithar (R.N.Natarajarathina Deekshithar). And grandfather of Kandhan Raja Deekshithar. A great Kali Upasakar and High Priest of the Shri Sabhanayaka Temple in Chidambaram, as well as of the Shri Tillai Kali Koyil. Performer of the great Shri Sahasra Chandi Yagna ( performance of the Fire Sacrifice of the Thousand Chandi). Personal friend of the great guru from Rishikesh, Shri Swami Sivananda Sarsvati. His full title and name is Brahma Shri Kali Upasakar Bhaskara Shri Sahasra Chandi Yagna Sathaka Shri Naganatha Deekshithar. Gandfather and father. One of the great men from the past.

Shri Sahasra Chandi Yagna Sathaka Shri Naganatha Deekshithar performing Yagna. One of the great souls among the Podu Deekshithars of yesteryear. Deekshithar means ‘initiated one’. Threethousand munis arrived in Tillai to witness the arrival of Shiva for the performance of the Cosmic Dance on Earth. In answer to the prayers of Patanajali Rishi and Vyaghrapada Rishi. The 3000 stayed in Tillai-Chidambaram and their descendants devote their lives to the service of the Dancing Lord and His devotees. This is one of those great souls of a previous generation who devoted himself to the service of Lord Nataraja and Mother Tillai Kali. His grandsons Kandhan, Jayakumar and Sankar (sons of Raja Deekshithar) are inspired by his example and perform the great Chandi Yagna following their grandfather’s directions.