10 Facts About Chidambaram


Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, on the banks of the Vellar River where it meets the Bay of Bengal.

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Annamalai University, established in 1929 in Chidambaram, is one of the oldest and most prominent universities in the state.

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Chidambaram is one of the many temple towns in the state which is named after the groves, clusters or forests dominated by a particular variety of a tree or shrub and the same variety of tree or shrub sheltering the presiding deity.

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The name of the town of this shrine, Chidambaram comes from the Tamil word Chitrambalam meaning "wisdom atmosphere".

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The Chidambaram Mahatmiyam composed during the 12th century provides the subsequent evolution and Sanskritization of cults.

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Chidambaram constructed a hall for the recitation of Thevaram hymns and engraved the hymns in copper plates.

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Electricity supply to Chidambaram is regulated and distributed by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

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Chidambaram is administered by a selective-grade municipality formed as third-grade municipality in 1873, upgraded to a second-grade in 1949, first-grade in 1974 and a selection-grade in 1998.

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The Chidambaram municipality has 33 wards and there is an elected councillor for each of those wards.

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Chidambaram comes under the Chidambaram assembly constituency and it elects a member to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly once every five years.

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