September 5, 2010

Temple of Paintings - Chitra Sabha Temple, Courtallam, South India

Courtallam is a small town located near the ancient city named Tirunelveli in South India. Courtallm is an important tourist site due to its number of waterfalls. Apart from the waterfalls, Courtallam also has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Kutralanathar). In addition to that, there is another small temple which is generally not visited by tourists. The name of that small temple is Chitra Sabha temple. The highlight of the temple is that you cannot find any idol in the temple. The temple is full of mural paintings. Having mural paintings is not a rare scene in South Indian ancient temples. However, Chitra Sabha temple has only mural paintings and no idol. The paintings are being worshipped in this temple.

Chitra Sabha Temple, Courtallam
There are five adobes of Lord Nataraj (Shiva in the dancing posture is called as Nataraj), where he did his cosmic dance. One of those five adobes is Courtallam Chitra Sabha. In Chitra Sabha temple, the main deity Lord Nataraj is in the form of painting. In addition to this painting, you can find a lot of paintings of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses across the entire temple. You can also find various mythological stories and scenes from Puranas in the form of mural paintings in this temple.

Chitra Sabha temple of Lord Nataraj is definitely a rare temple, which you shouldn't miss to visit.

Happy travelling.

Paintings in Chitra Sabha Temple, Courtallam
Fast Facts:
Site Name: Chitra Sabha Temple
City Name: Courtallam
1) A temple full of paintings without any idols
2) One of the five adobes of Lord Nataraja
Location: 55 kms from Tirunelveli; 6 kms from Tenkasi; Located in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Tenkasi
Nearest Airport: Madurai (around 200 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, or Madurai
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Courtallam and Tenkasi
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Courtallam and Tenkasi

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  1. Very nice and rare post. Would you have more photos of the paintings and willing to share


  2. It has just been renovated and the paintings redecorated with natural colours (no artificial colours used). The result is amazing and the whole place looks splendid. I have never seen anything like this before. Its a must visit place. I found Chitra Sabha to be more blissful than bathing in the Kutralam falls.

    The place is behind the main falls.