Natarajar temple or Thillai Natarajar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located in the town of Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. This ancient temple depicts the architecture innovations of early Tamil kingdoms. The national dance of India called as Bharatha Natyam was inspired from the postures of the sculptures found in this temple. This temple is the only temple where Lord Shiva is portrayed in a dancing posture called Nataraja performing Ananda Thandavam. This is the temple where any Bharatha Natyam dancer will be performing their first on stage performance called as Arangetram in Tamil.

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