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A South Indian temple complex in Tamil Nadu dedicated to Śiva. Dating mostly from the 12th and 13th centuries ce, it became an important religious and political centre under the patronage of the Cōḻa dynasty. Cidambaram contains the best-known image of Śiva's ānandatāṇḍava (‘dance of bliss’), and is supposed to be the place where it was first performed. See also Dīkṣitas.

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