Finally after spending the entire afternoon we left for Chidambaram, the route was mainly through NH45A. After few Kilometres, the four way lane becomes two way and as were in the East cost it was dark very soon. The drive was quite tedious as the on coming traffic was hectic. Literally a vehicle passed us every second and there was no way for overtaking if you are caught behind some slow moving convoy. Most of the drivers drive like hell and its better to be safe than be sorry, so I was in no mood to rush things. We were also caught up in a traficc jam which took close to half an hour to clear. Finally we made it after almost 3 hrs of driving to cover 70 km. What was in store for us at the hotel was another ordeal. As I had booked most of the bookings a month before, I had called all the places to confirm our booking to avoid any last minute surprise. I had booked at hotel Akashya in Chidambaram, which was situated close to the temple.It is a quite old establishment but offers decent rooms.The management runs antique statute stores and I think makes more money from it than the hotel. When we went to the hotel for checking in, the person in charge was very nervous, because the people who are supposed to vacate the rooms which I had booked have not done so and have gone to a near by temple town. They were also not answering the mobile. As it was a peak holiday season, the temple town was overflowing and no way for us to find alternate accommodation. We were suggested another alternate place run by the same people, we went and had a look and as it was very ordinary I immediately refused to accept it. So we were stuck at the reception with kids and elders and our self for almost an hour without any solution. We stood our ground not to move any other place, finally after lot of heated exchange we were offered a four beded room instead of two double rooms and at least it was neat clean and quite big. We had dinner at the hotel itself, which was OK and before hitting the bed,I just went to the roof top to see the temple towers, it was windy and drizzling..... a sign that there is a depression some where on Bay of Bengal... --- Double Post Merged, Jan 11, 2015, Original Post Date: Jan 11, 2015 --- 28/12/14 Day 3 Most of you would have received the msg about Chidambaram temple in WhatsApp if are very active.If you haven't you can go through the following most of it is true. CHIDAMBARA RAHASYAM THE SECRET OF CHIDAMBARAM After 8 years of R & D, Western scientists have proved that at Lord Nataraja 's big toe is the Centre Point of World 's Magnetic Equator. Our ancient Tamil Scholar Thirumoolar has proved this Five thousand years ago! His treatise Thirumandiram is a wonderful Scientific guide for the whole world. To understand his studies, it may need a 100 years for us. Chidambaram temple embodies the following characteristics : 1) This temple is located at the Center Point of world 's Magnetic Equator. 2) Of the "Pancha bootha" i.e. 5 temples, Chidambaram denotes the Skies or Space. Kalahasthi denotes Wind. Kanchi Ekambareswar denotes land. All these 3 temples are located in a straight line at 79 degrees 41 minutes Longitude. This can be verified using Google. An amazing fact & astronomical miracle ! 3) Chidambaram temple is based on the Human Body having 9 Entrances denoting 9 Entrances or Openings of the body. 4) Temple roof is made of 21600 gold sheets which denotes the 21600 breaths taken by a human being every day (15 x 60 x 24 = 21600) 5) These 21600 gold sheets are fixed on the Gopuram using 72000 gold nails which denote the total no. of Nadis (Nerves) in the human body. These transfer energy to certain body parts that are invisible. 6) Thirumoolar states that man represents the shape of Shivalingam, which represents Chidambaram which represents Sadashivam which represents HIS dance ! 7) "Ponnambalam " is placed slightly tilted towards the left. This represents our Heart. To reach this, we need to climb 5 steps called "Panchatshara padi " "Si, Va, Ya, Na, Ma " are the 5 Panchatshara mantras. There are 4 pillars holding the Kanagasabha representing the 4 Vedas. 8) Ponnambalam has 28 pillars denoting the 28 "Ahamas "as well as the 28 methods to worship Lord Shiva. These 28 pillars support 64 +64 Roof Beams which denote the 64 Arts. The cross beams represent the Blood Vessels running across the Human body. 9) 9 Kalasas on the Golden Roof represent the 9 types of Sakthi or Energies. The 6 pillars at the Artha Mantapa represent the 6 types of Sashtras. The 18 pillars in the adjacant Mantapa represents 18 Puranams. 10) The dance of Lord Nataraja is described as Cosmic Dance by Western Scientists. Whatever Science is propounding now has been stated by Hinduism thousands of years ago ! ************************* The golden leafs on the roof was done during the 10 th Century by a series of Chola Kings. For more detailed history and information one can go through Wikipedia which has depiction of the Sanctum and illustration of the ," Chidambaram Raghasiyam".