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Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple, Pondicherry Overview

Located on the Pudhukuppam Beach in Pondicherry, 12 kms north of Auroville, Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple is the most unusual and yet one of the most beautiful temples present in India. Constructed in a pyramid shape, the temple is built to resemble the great pyramids of Egypt. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the shrine was originally built in the year 2000 by Dr. Karan Singh who was also the Chairman of Auroville Foundation. However, the tsunami of 2004 destroyed the original temple and so the new pyramid temple that was built was bigger and better. The presiding deity is housed in a central chamber under the pointed dome. The entire structure has been pointed northwards to generate maximum energy.

Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple boasts of striking architectural finesse. The chief statue of Lord Shiva has been aligned with the centre axis so that the third eye is exactly at a distance of one-third from the base of the temple. Also, there have been three paths constructed for pradakshina following the Indian tradition. The entrance of the shrine faces south in reason to the fact that Lord Shiva was called Dakshinamurti- teacher of the south. The temple is unarguably, one of the most beautiful tourist spots of Pondicherry and is a must-visit destination if you are in or around the area.

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Architecture of Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple

The architecture of Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple has been inspired from the design of the great pyramids of Egypt. The construction is a fusion of Egyptian pyramids and the tradition temple style of India. Seven steps lead to the temple. There are three pradakshinas- one around the idol of the deity, another around the temple and the last one around the complex. The dome and the pyramid has been constructed with stabilised earth blocks (CSEB) and concrete cement. The dome is fashioned in a pointed square shape and is called cloister dome. The roots go deep down to 1.15 metres below the ground level so another tsunami will not be able to shake off the temple.

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