Thillai Kali Amman Temple, Tamil Nadu

Chidambaram is a quaint temple town that has developed quite impressively in the recent past with infrastructural gains, making it a location that is well connected by almost all forms of transport, rail and surface. It is located at a distance of almost two hundred and fifty kilometres from the capital of Tamil Nadu state, Chennai, which has an operational standard International airport. That apart, Chidambaram is also well connected from another temple town nearby Madurai by train network. From Chennai too the location can be accessed by train or surface transport, although the journey can become quite lengthy by road.

Thillai Kali Amman Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the primordial goddess Kali. Constructed as early as the 11th century, under the generous patronage and supervision of King Kopperunjingan of the Chola Dynasty, this temple is as much a historical monument as it is an architectural marvel. Standing tall withstanding the test of time through several centuries, this temple is located on the outskirts of Chidambaram main town and there is a legend associated with its strategic location. According to mythology, it is believed that Goddess Kali once lost a celestial dancing contest to Shiva, her consort when he challenged her with a remarkable posture replicating which would put her modesty at risk of being exposed for public viewing. Enraged with this shrewd subject to conceding defeat, Godess Kali left the celestial abode and decided to reside on the fringes and outskirts away from public attention to hide her shame. Hence the Thillai Kali Amman Temple was constructed to enable her new abode.

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Thillai Kali Amman Temple open at 06:30 AM to 12:00 NOON and then 04:30 PM to 08:30 PM

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