Month : February/March
Location : Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
The Natyanjali Dance Festival is held every year during the months of Feb-March and it is a five-day festival. This dance festival is one is a dedication to the universal dancer Lord Shiva who is known as Lord Nataraja. This festival is held in the city of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. The festival begins on the Maha Shivaratri, a day that is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is held in the prakara of the Chidambaram temple.
This magnificent temple built thousands of years ago as a dedication to the Lord Nataraja forms a beautiful backdrop. The setting is truly divine with the gold-roofed temple and pillars adding splendour. They depict Lord Shiva in the 108 poses or mudras of Bharatnatyam, the classical dance of Tamil Nadu.
The Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, The Ministry Of Tourism, Government of India and The Natyanjali Trust, Chidambaram jointly organize this festival or Utsav . This festival provides unique opportunities for dancers from around India to come and perform in front of an enormous crowd.
The nearest airport Tiruchirappalli is 195 kms and Pondicherry is 55 Kms
The nearest railhead is Chidambaram Railwaystation, which is connected by rail with Madurai 309 Kms, Nagore77 Kms and Chennai 231 Kms directly.
There are direct buses from Thanjavur, which is 13kms from Thiruvaiyaru