Shiva Nataraja at Chidambaram. 2 albums 195 illus. S.Andhra Pradesh (north of Madras), bordering Karnataka, c.1720-1730.Chidambaram, in the state of Tamil Nadu, is one of the most sacred places of Saivism. This is where Shiva effected dance of bliss (ananda-tandava) on the body of the dwarf Apasmara (the man without memory). therefore love is Shiva as Nataraja, the cosmic dancer.