This is the Thillai Nataraj Temple in Chidambaram, India. This temple was created for one of the Hindu gods Shiva. The Thillai Nataraj Temple, is located in the center of the town Chidambaram. The temple grounds spread across 40 acres, and has been a worshiping place of Shiva since the classical period. This temple is one of five Pancha Bootha Sthalams, the holiest Shiva temples that depict one of the five elements. The one that this temple represents is akasha, which in the material world means the basis and essence of all living things.
Some of the cool Architecture of this temple, is that it is built on the center point of the Earth's equator. Two of the other temples mentioned above, and this temple, are all on a straight line on the same longitudinal line. These temples are depicted to represent the human body, the roof of this temple has 26,000 golden tiles, which ironically are the number of breathes a person has in one day. These tiles are put in place by 72,000 nails, which is the amount of invisible ducts that carry energy to the body.
Post written by Matthew Spangler