- Ekambareswarar temple at Kanchipuram, where the Lord is worshiped in his manifestation as Earth
- The Jambukeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval, in Tiruchirapalli, where the Lord is worshipped in his manifestation as Water
- The Annamalaiyar Temple at Tiruvannamalai, where the Lord is worshiped in his manifestation as Fire
- The Kalahasti temple at Srikalahasthi, where the Lord is worshiped in his manifestation as air/wind.
- Natrajar Temple, Chidambaram
- Thirukadaiyur, Nagapattinum
- Ranaganathur Swamy, Srirangam, Trichy
Image on left is what we have in Sanctum-Sanctorum, center gold plated idol is of Lord Siva in the form of Natrajar (in celestial dancing posture, its not a complete Natrajar posture as seen in the first pic top), on his left is his consort (Paravathi-Sivakami Amman) and on his right (i.e. extreme left in the image) is the formless form of Lord Siva, since you can't see any formless image so it has the hanging golden Bilva leaves to give a visual look to devotees and reminding them the the presence of God in the space and it's permeates everywhere, this portion is covered by curtain and is opened to be viewed only for few seconds every after the aarti of main Idol (center one). Devotees wont be having a full view of this formless image directly but through the net like door having 108 square openings in it. This number 108 has some philosophical meanings which I will disclose shortly.
Above pic is the gold plated gopuram of Sanctum-Sanctorum shot from the back side. Some philosophical facts as stated by one of the priest there.
- Central Shrine symbolizes the human heart
- The 5 steps which reaches the podium of Sanctum-Sanctorum symbolizes syllables – "SI VA YA NA MA"
- Golden roof made up of 21600 golden tiles inscribed with "SIVAYANAMA" symbolizes number of breaths
- 72000 golden nails used to pin the tiles represents number of naadis human body contains.
- 9 sacred Kalasam on the top symbolizes 9 forms of energy (or nav graha as some calls it).
Some more pics
|Kodi Maram or Dhwaja Stambh|
|Nitya Sbhai Kovil|
|Hall left to Dhwaja Stambh|
|Entering Central Shrine|
Some outside pics
|Non Functioning Temple|
|Water tank, non-functioning|
|water tank beyond this wall|
|Side view of non-functional temple|
You can take your camera inside, take pics of the outer area of central shrine but not inside, though I secretly shot some