Thillai Kaliamman Temple
#9 of 12 Places to Visit in Chidambaram
Distance (From Chidambaram Central Bus Station): 2 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: Northern End Of The Town
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 2 Kms from Chidambaram Bus Station and 1.5 Kms from Chidambaram Railway Station, the Thillai Kaliamman temple is situated in northern end of the town. It was built by Chola King Kopperunjingan who ruled between 1229 AD and 1278 AD.
Once when Shiva and Shakti competed with each other in dancing, Shiva struck a fabulous pose, lifting his leg high. Shakti could not match that pose because of modesty, and so lost the contest. By the rules of the contest, the loser had to leave Thillai and reside outside. So Shakti moved to a location at the edge of the kshetra and a Kali Temple came up there. Thillai Kali is credited with curative powers and showers health and prosperity on those who worship her. The black Goddess Kali has a diamond on her forehead.
Annual Festivals are celebrated in the month of Vaigasi and Navarathiri festival is celebrated in the month of Purattasi.
Timings: 6 AM - 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM.