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Nrithyaposes of Shiva & Parvati (108 Karnas of Nataraja)

 
       
 
 
   
   
 
Dr.Padama Subramaniam in Bharat Natyam
 
 
 
Mandir Rahasya
 
       
      The Mandir is called 'Uttara' Chidamaram since it is north of the first Chidambaram at Tamilnadu. In Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir, Shree Nataraja and His spouse Goddess Shivakamasundari have come to stay for ever. As in Chidambaram, to the right of Shri Nataraja, there stays 'Chidamabara-Rahasya' behind a curtain. Main Mandapa of the temple is supported by 18 pillars, carved  beautifully, again as in the older Chidambaram temple. They symbolize 18 Puranas. The remaining 6 pillars are pictured with 6 shastras.
    The temple has a rich and unique  108 Karnas of Nataraja, commonly called the nrithya poses of Shiva and Parvati. These Karnas are stone carved and embedded around the Mandapa, or the main temple. The Mahaswamigal personally took a special interest and gave his guidance in evolving each and every one of the unique 108 Karnas or poses.

    The Mandapa, where the image of Nataraja and Shivakamasundari are located, is known as Chithsabha. There are 5 steps that connect it with Kanaka-sabha, they are called as Panchakshara steps (i.e. Na-Ma-Shi-Vaa-Ya). Four pillars situated behind the Chithsabha are the symbols of the four Vedas.
   Besides, there are temples of Shri Ganesha, Shri Hanuman, Shri Radha-Krishna, Shri Mulanatheshwar, Shri Umadevi, Shri Adi Sankaracharya, Shri Navagraha and Shri Ayyappa. Plus, there is a pair of padukas of the Mahaswamigal.
    The Mandir is open to all from 7 am in the morning. It closes at 12 noon and reopens at 3pm. till at 8.30pm normally. During festivals the timings undergo a change to suit the rising popular demand.