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Chidambaram Nataraja Temple Flooded Due to Torrential Rains, Blocked Drain Tunnels

on 2020/12/4 10:14:23 ( 467 reads )


INDIA, December 4, 2020 (The Hindu): The precincts of the Sri Sabanayagar Temple, popularly known as Sri Natarajar Temple in Chidambaram in Cuddalore district witnessed stagnation of rain water to a depth of four feet on Friday, following heavy rains that pounded Chidambaram and its suburban areas from Cyclone Burevi. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple and the outer praharams were also water logged. This is the first time in 43 years that the temple has witnessed such a situation of marooning of the shrine, according to Baskar Dikshithar, former secretary of the Pothu Dikshithars Association, the hereditary custodians-cum-archakas of the temple.

"Normally, when flood water flows inside the precincts of the temple it automatically drains out to the nearby Sivagangai tank and from there the flood water would flow into the tank of Thillai Amman temple," he explained. "But because of the blockade of the tunnel that would carry flood water to the Thillai Amman temple tank, the flow of water from the shrine of Lord Nataraja was choked," he added. A temple priest said that the Chidambaram municipality had promised that steps would be taken to unclog the blocks so that the flood water could flow into the tank in the Thillai Amman temple. Chidambaram recorded over 13 inches of rainfall during the last 24 hours throwing normal life out of gear. Water logging was reported from different parts of the town.

Short video of main sanctum flooding:

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