Chidambaram is a highly revered temple town located about 58 km from Pondicherry. The town is known for its several ancient shrines and historic buildings.
The main deity of the town is Nataraja, Lord Shiva in his dancing form. The temple complex of the town displays a detailed depiction of natya shastra, an ancient dance text of India, through intricate engravings. Beautiful sculptures in various Bharatnatyam poses, adorns the interior of the temple. However, it is during the festival of Shivaratri that the temple is flocked by devotees in large number and serves as a venue for a famous dance festival.