The Temple of Chidambaram
The Temple of Chidambaram Reviews
One of the most beautiful temples of Southern India Sep 15, 2008
The Temple of Chidambaram is without any doubt one of the most beautiful temples of Southern India. The current complex was built as early as 1213 AD and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is spread over 160 square metres.
The four gopurams (monumental towers at each entrance of the temple) are the absolute highlight, they are covered with hundreds of colourful carvings.
The word Chidambaram may be derived from ‘chit’, meaning consciousness, and ‘ambaram’ meaning sky. It would mean ‘the sky of consciousness’, which is the ultimate aim one should attain according to all the Vedas (large bodies of texts composed in Sanskrit originating in ancient India).
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