List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Nataraja bronze; 2. The Cidambaram myth; 3. Temple, priests and ritual; 4. The Hall of Consciousness, the Heart of the Universe; 5. Saiva Siddhanta and Vedanta; 6. The Goddess; 7. Bhiksatana; 8. Bhairava the Terrible and other forms of Siva; 9. Saints, dancing girls, ganas and Apasmara; 10. Last words; Notes; Bibliography; Index and glossary.
'... a complete and comprehensive account of the hallowed Chidambaram temple ... a veritable store-house of information ... The amount of solid research that has gone into this volume is amazing.' Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies