This city is known as the 'city of the Cosmic Dancer'. It is 245
Kms away from Madras. The image of Nataraja (the dancing Shiva)
represented by the bronze image known throughout the world as the most
perfect synthesis in metal of art. The best time to visit the place
is during April/ May and December / February.
The Chitrakootam is another shrine, situated adjacent
to the Nataraja temple is dedicated to Lord Govindraja. It has five
halls. The Nritta sabha, the hall of immortal dance has 56 pillars depicting
dance figures. The Deva Sabha was the hall of festivals and meeting place
of the administrators. The Chit sabha (Hall) houses the Akasa Lingam and
Kanaka sabha houses the Nataraja image.