Divyadesam is a shrine to Govindaraja Perumaal located in the famed grand Nataraja temple complex at Chidambaram. The
vast Nataraja temple complex is referred to as 'Kovil' in the Saivite tradition, as the Srirangam temple complex is in the Sree
Vaishnavite tradition. Chidambaram represents centuries of history and tradition and is
second to none in representing the vibrant culture of India. Pictured above, is one of the
entrances to this grand temple complex.
Deities: The moolavar here is
Govindaraja Perumaal in a reclining posture facing east while Taayaar is Pundarika Valli
in here own sanctum. There are two festival images here; the first of the Utsavars is
Parthasarathy in a seated posture, and the second is Chitrakootattilullaan.
Legends: Chidambaram has been held sacred for time immemorial for its
association with the Cosmic dance of Shiva. Legend has it that upon the request of
Patanjali (an incarnation of Adi Seshan) and Vyagrapadar (the sage with tiger claws),
Shiva re-enacted the Dance of Bliss, to the accompaniment of music played by the
celestials. All of the Devas and Gods are believed to have gathered here to witness this
The Temple: Govindaraja Perumal's shrine faces east, while Nataraja's
shrine faces south. Perumal's shrine has its own circumambulatory passage and a set of
towers. This shrine was renovated during the period of Vijayanagar rule.
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information on the layout of the Chidambaram temple complex.