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Why did the CONGRESS & the Left crumble in 2014 elections--a magnificent, blow by blow account

Why did the Congress & the Left Crumble in 2014?

This year, the collapse of the Congress and the liberal left was even more spectacular than the rise of the BJP and the political right. 3,724 more words


Expressions of Faith

We were on our way to the Vaitheeswaran Temple, when we decided to take a short detour. The magnificent gopuram* of the ancient temple was visible from afar, and it was on an impulse, that we decided to visit the Chidambaram temple. 418 more words


In the land of Gods and rice

Here’s what there’s not much of in South India: yoga studios, toilet paper, utensils.

Here’s what there is: rice, cows, Gods, bling.

I recently returned from a two-week journey to Tamil Nadu led by religion professor Douglas Brooks.  1,495 more words


Information about Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in English


Please visit http://www.tillai.com/ and chidambaramnataraja.org for detailed descriptions of the history of the Holy Temple in English.


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Pancha Bootha Sthalam

Pancha Booth Sthalangal are the temples that are the manifestation of the five elements – land, water, air, sky, and fire.

These temples are:


Pancha Sabhai

The Pancha Sabhai are the 5 dance halls where Shiva is supposed to have performed the cosmic dance.

These are:


Chidambaram temple

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The Chidambaram temple is built on a vast complex – over 50 acres – and is most known for the… 143 more words