Situated on the eastern coast of southern Tamil Nadu, this district
has its headquarters in Tuticorin, the
port famous for its pearl divers. It is a major industrial centre.
There is a heavy water plant and thermal power station apart from
the Spic fertilizer plant and the other major industries are pearl
fishing and salt production.
two rivers in a 40 acres temple-complex, lies the temples of Chidambaram,
one of the oldest and magnificent temples of the South. Shiva Natrala
or the Dancing Shiva stands in his cosmic dance pose in the golden
rooted sanctorum. Flanking the temple are 108 sculptured illustrations
of Bharat Natya Shashtra. In Akash Lingam hidden by a veil, lies
the real secret of Chidambaram.
has great value in Chidambaram. The Natyanjali festival dedicated
to the Cosmic Dancer is celebrated every year during February-March.
The Sivarathri festival is celebrated every year on the Sivarathri
Day. Again in February-March. The Markazhi Thiruvadhirai Day Festival
in December-January and Ani Thirumanjana Festival in June-July are
celebrated every year. Also the 10-days celebration of Panguni Uthiram
Festival is celebrated every year, during which devotees skewer
themselves with metal rods in ritual thanksgiving for answered prayers.