"Natyanjali Dance Festival -Experience the spirituality of the dances at the Natyanjali festival. The Natyanjali Chidamabaram festival sees prominent performers pay a tribute to Lord Natraja.

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About Natyanjali Dance Festival

When : Starts from the day of Mahashivaratri, for 5 days in February.
Where - Chidambaram. Chidambaram is situated along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, 75 kms south of Pondicherry.

Lord Nataraja, according to the Hindu mythology is a cosmic dancer. He is called the Lord of dances. The Natyanjali festival is an opportunity for all dancers, from all India, to perform and to pay their tribute to Lord Nataraja.The Natyanjali festival, which brings all the prominent dancers of India, together on the same platform, opens on the auspicious occasion of Mahasivaratri, in the month of February. It is performed at the 'Prakara' of the temple, and the dancers, full of intense bliss and devotion, with their evocative abhinaya, offer their dance to the great divinity, Lord Nataraja.

Festivals have great value in Chidambaram. The Natyanjali festival dedicated to the Cosmic Dancer (Lord Shiva) is celebrated every year during February-March. Lord Nataraja, according to Hindu mythology is the cosmic dancer. He is also called "the Lord of Dances".

Natyanjali festival is jointly organised by The Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, The Ministry Of Tourism, Government of India and The Natyanjali Trust, Chidambaram. It is designed to promote a universal message of 'Unity in Diversity' conveyed in the universal language of music and dance.

Chidambaram - How to Get There

» Air : The nearest airport is at Trichy, at a distance of 160-km.

» Rail : The railway station is close to the Nataraja Temple. Express and passenger trains leave for Chennai four times daily, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur twice daily, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai.

» Road : Chidambaram is well connected by road with Chennai, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thanjavur, etc.