On a holiday to Asia, plan trips to the amazing countries of India and Sri Lanka that are famous around the globe for their natural beauty, and vibrant culture and festivities. Temples are an integral part of the heritage of these two nations, which lie next to each other. During a sojourn in India, visit its southern state of Tamil Nadu, which is home to some of the ancient temples of the nation featuring Dravidian architecture. One such shrine is the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, which is situated in the town of Chidambaram – about 230 km away from the state capital – Chennai. The best way to explore this region is to go for those India holiday packages that include a tour of the important holy sites of South India.
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this shrine spreads over an area of around 50 acres and is one of those, where both Vaishnavite and Shavite deities are enshrined. The highlight of the holy place is that it houses a bejewelled image of Lord Shiva in the Nataraja pose, which is part of the famous Bharatanatyam dance. This shrine is among the five holiest sites related to Lord Shiva, the others being Kanchi Ekambareshwara, Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeshwara, Thiruvanna Malai and Kalahasthi Nathar, and Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara.
Located in Keerimalai, Sri Lanka, this sacred place is devoted to Lord Shiva and one of the important Hindu sites in this nation. It was in ruins till 2012, when it was reconstructed under the patronage of the chief priest. Previously, it had been destroyed and rebuilt a few times. A mahakumbhabhishekam was organised here in the recent past that saw devotees coming from far off places. On Sri Lanka tours, travellers can come to this place and find the same enthusiasm for worshipping Lord Shiva as that can be seen in India.