the day of Mahashivaratri, for 5 days. 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. This 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.
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.