Shaiva agamas form the basis of worship in temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, it seems like the Sri Nataraja temple in the town of Chidambaram, Tamilnadu is not built and/or not follows the standard shaiva agamas. This page also mentions the same.

The Shiva Agama system of temple rituals followed in almost all of the Saivite temples in Tamilnadu, is not followed at Chidambaram. It is a unique worship protocol said to have been prescribed by Patanjali that is followed at this temple.

It is also well known that the temple is not run by the traditional Shivacharyas but by Dikshitars, who are termed as vaidika brahmins here.

Both sites mention that the temple in Chidambaram follows rules laid down by Patanjali but give no more details, which then brings us to the question:

What agama is being followed in Chidambaram temple? Do we have evidence of the text being put forth by Patanjali? What is the reason, historical or/and scriptural, this temple alone does not follow the Shaiva agamas?

  • Google Thevaaram Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 6:52
  • I think there's a story Patanjali came to Chidambaram for witnessing Cosmic dance, but was the rules laid down by Patanjali>? Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 6:52
  • @AkshayS That's what I am asking about. :D
    – Ambi
    Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 6:54
  • That temple has yogic connection if we see = it has 9 entry points to temple, with 21600 feet Kalasa... So construction of it gives hints but still let me search for proper source! Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 6:55
  • @SudarshanaSuri Thevaaram is not an agama. They might make references to agamas, but the point is none of the Shaiva agamas is applied in Chidambaram. So can you help me by being specific on what I should be looking for when I google it?
    – Ambi
    Commented Jan 20, 2019 at 6:56


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