5 Temples where Shiva Performed Dance - Pancha Sabhai Sthalangal

There are five temples where Lord Shiva has performed Bharata Natyam dance.  These temples are known as Sabha Temples and all those are located in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that these 5 Ambalams (temples) of Nataraja Sabha is where Lord Shiva performed five different styles of dances as Nataraja on various occasions.

Pancha Sabhai Sthalangal - 5 Temples Where Shiva Performed Dance

1) Pon Sabha at Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram

Chidhambaram Nataraja Temple is known as Gold Sabha or Ponnambalam. The Kanaka Sabha (Ponna Ambalam) is in front of the Garbha Griha where devotees assemble to pray the akash the inner and outer space. Visit hindu devotional blog for more hinduism articles. It is believed that Lord Shiva danced in the golden hall on a Thiruvathirai nakshatra to fullfill the desire of his devotees Pathanchali and Sage Vyaghra Padar.

2) Velli Sabha at Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai

The Madurai Meenakshi Sundaraeswar temple houses the Velli Sabha or Rajatha Sabha or Silver Hall. The Velliyambalam is located in front of the Sundhareshwarar sanctum facing south. Lord Shiva came as Raja Saundhara Pandiyan to marry Meenakshi here. Mahadeva danced in the Silver Hall in Madurai on this occasion.

3) Thamira Sabha at Nellaiappar Temple in Tirunelveli

Nellaiappar Temple houses the Thamirasabai or Copper Hall of Dance. The images of Nataraja and Sivakami are housed at Thamira Sabha on the occasion of Arudra Darisanam in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January).

5 Temples Shiva Performed Dance Pancha Sabhai Sthalangal

4) Rathna Sabha at Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple in Thiruvalangadu

Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple in Thiruvalangadu village located on the western suburbs of Chennai houses the Rathna Sabha or Ruby Hall. The temple is on the Mayiladuthurai - Kumbhakonam (Chennai - Kanchipuram) road.

5) Chitira Sabha at Kutraleeswar Temple in Kutralam

Kutralanathar Temple in Courtallam houses the Chitira Sabha or Picture hall. Visit hindudevotionalblog.com for more hinduism articles. The Kutraleswar Temple at Kutralam is dedicated to Sri Tirukutralanathar Tirukootachalapathi and Kuzhalvoimozhi Amman. The interior of Chithirasabhai is decked with hundreds of murals.


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