As per the Legends, there was a competition held between Lord Siva and Goddess Kali at Chidambaram with Lord Vishnu as a judge. While dancing heavily, Lord Siva's earring got detached and fell on the ground. Lord picked up the ring with one foot and fixed it at its original position. As Kali can't imitate this posture before a man, she withdrew from the competition and left angrily to the town border and stayed there. Goddess is here known by Thillai Kali Amman. Lord stayed here as a Govindarajaswamy to watch the cosmic dance of Nataraja.
This temple was built by the King Simhavarman from Chola dynasty in the 5th Century A.D. Later this temple was renovated by Pandya's and Vijayanagara Kings. There are four Temple towers facing all the four directions, East, West, North and South. Each tower is of 7 storeyed structure and is 135 feet high.
How to reach Chidambaram Temple?
- Tiruchirapalli International airport is 172 km away
- Chidambaram Railway station is connected with other parts of Tamil Nadu. Daily trains are running from Chennai to Kumbakonam, Chidambaram falls in between.
- Temple is 123 km from Thanjavur
- Temple is 224 km from Chennai