martinsatte (martinsatte) wrote,

52. Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, India

If your speakers are on and you can here the music coming from this website then this temple has a direct meaning to the song which you can hear - this hymn is by Sage Patanjali, the author and compiler of the famous YogaSutra.

Once upon a time, as the story of the origin of the hymn goes, Nandi, Shiva's carrier would not allow Patanjali Muni to have
Darshan of the Lord Shiva (Nataraja of Chidambaram). In order to reach Lord Shiva, Patanjali, (serpent body on the left in the next picture) spontaneously composed this prayer in praise of the Lord without using any extended syllable, without mentioning leg and horn to tease Shivas bull Nandi.

Shiva heard that and was quickly pleased, gave Darshan to the devotee, and danced to the lilting tune of this song. The place where this incidence is said to have happened is now one of the holiest places in India - Chidambaram - and this temple is built here where it happened.

In this temple, which has a pure gold covered roof, Lord Nataraja is present in a cosmic-dancing form. Also those who believes in Shiva believes that this place is one of the centers of the Universe.

We did our prayers to presiding diety of the temple and also recited Nataraja Stotram composed by Patanjali in front of Shiva and did our wishes and prayers for happiness of everybody from this amazing place.

Om Namah Shivaya

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