Timings : 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 8.30 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
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Natraj Mandir of Satara is located in the state of Maharashtra. As it is a replica of Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu (also referred to as Sri Natraj Temple), it is also known by the name Uttara Chidambaram Temple. Natraj, a depiction of Lord Shiva as a divine dancer, is the deity of this site. The temple is located along the national highway 4, which connects the towns of Solapur and Satara, and is one of the most famous religious sites of attraction in the area. The Natraj Mandir was situated way back in the year of 1985 and continues to attract tourists from around the country till date due to its remarkable architecture, and the serene ambience it provides. Renowned sculptor and architect M. S. Ganapathi Sthapthi is credited for the architectural beauty of this temple.
The temple is open on all days between 7:00 AM and 12 noon, and then from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM. However, the timings are changed during special festivals, during which time the temple is usually kept open for the public for longer hours. Being a place of great religious significance, this temple is open to all its visitors for free. The temple committee often organises cultural programmes, which attracts classical dancers from across the country to perform at.
The Dravidian style of architecture (since it is a replica of a temple in Tamil Nadu) sets this temple apart from other nearby religious constructions. This also ensures that in spite of being smaller in size, this becomes a popular spot of attraction in Maharashtra, owing to its unique built. The temple has a total of 180 sculptures, each depicting a different mudra (or pose) of the Bharatnatyam dance form. It is set on four main towers- named Andhra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra- which represent the unity of the Indian state.
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