Thillai Kali Temple
Thillai Kali Temple is a Hindu Temple located on the outskirts of the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District Tamil Nadu in India. It was built by Chola Chieftain King Kopperunjingan who ruled between 1229 A.D. and 1278 A.D
This Temple is on the outskirts of the city of Chidambaram. Legend says that Lord Kaali moved here after losing to Lord Siva in the celestial dance contest.
Chidambaram is otherwise called as "Thillai" Because there were abundant Thillai trees. According the Hindu Mythology if you visit and have a Darshan at Chidambaram you will get salvation from this life (birth). In this land, Arulmigu Sabanayagar Temple generally known as 'Nataraja Temple' stands unique covering all Epical and Ethical background full of artistic, antique, architectural and historical values.
The presiding deity of this temple is Thillai Kali Amman. She is known by other names as well Thillai Amman, "Vadapathira Kali" Bhranta Chamundeeswari.
It was an argument that who is superior, either 'Sivam' (Lord Siva) or Shakthi (Parvathi). In order to resolve thus, they performed a dance programme at Chidambaram in front of Vishnu, Bhramma and points. While they were playing dance, Siva was about to be defeated.
But knowing this clearly Siva played on "OORTHAVA THANDAVA" i.e. rising his leg above his head. This 'Ooorthava Thandava' is one of the postures in the dance. It could not be played by the women folks due to their modesty and shyness. In this Parvathi could not equally play this posture and agreed her defeat and she was going to the extreme end of the town.
In order to contain her haughtiness and to teach a lesson that Sivam and Shakthi are also important in our life.
'Thillai Kali' is a deity in anger. This anger was pacified by Bhahma by Chanting Veda and also praising her. Because of the penance of Lord Brahma 'Kali' became Cool. So that Goddess 'Thillai Amman' in this temple seems with four faces.
The Hindu 'Chozha' periods are represented in the inscriptions in this temple. This temple was constructed during the regime of 'Kopperunsingan'
Poojas are performed 4 times every day and temple is opening by 6 am and closing by 12.30 Noon in the forenoon and opening by 4.30 pm and closing by 8.30 pm in the afternoon every day.
Annual Festivals are celebrated in the month of 'Vaigasi' and 'Navarathiri' festival is celebrated in the month of ’Purattasi’.
Abishegam Charges is Rs. 1,300/-
The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department is administering the functioning of this temple. There is an Executive Officer appointed by the H.R. & C.E Department.
The Executive Officer,
Arulmigu Thillai Kali Amman Temple,
Chidambaram, Cuddalore District
Chennai International airport is at a distance of 245 km away from Chidambaram; The Town has a railway station and is well connected by rail with Trichy, Madurai and ChennaiThis holy temple is situated towards the North side of world famous Sri Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram. It is 1.5 Km from Railway Station in the Chennai - Tanjore main Line of the Southern Railway.
Chidambaram is well connected to other parts of the state by bus service. Transportation won’t be problem for Chidambaram