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Kanchipuram Temples

Shri Chithragupta Swamy Temple

It is but a blessing that Shri Chithragupta Swamy in accompaniment of Shri Karnagi Ambal is seated in the sanctorium of a temple in the centre of Kanchipuram near the bus stand. Chithraguptar who went along with his wives to Yama’s world is still accounting the goodness and evil activities of mankind from then on.Most importantly there is only one temple for Chithraguptar and that too in Kanchipuram On Chithra Pournami (full moon day of the Chithrai month) special pooja and the marriage celebrations of Chithraguptar takes place and food is sponsored.

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam (Sankara Mutt)

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam (Sankara Mutt) The Inherent Spritual Power of one of the world’s most ancient religious is at once evident in the ambience of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam to a visitor even as he near the temple town of kancheepuram. Sri Adi Sankara Bhagavadpada established sri kanchi kamakoti peedam about 2510 years ago. He traveled the oneness and total unity of all existence. The peedam has been adorned by an illustrious lineage of sages.More

Ekambareshwar Temple

EkambareswararTemple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.The temple is the largest temple in the town of Kanchipuram and is located in the northern part of the town.The temple gopuram (gateway tower) is 59m tall, which is one of the tallestgopurams in India. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or PanchaBoothaSthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element - Earth.

Kailasanathar Temple

Dedicated to Siva, Kailasanatha is one of the earliest temples built by Rajasimha and his son Mahendra in the 8th century A.D. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine. Paintings of Fresco-style adorn the inner walls of the shrines.Sandstone was used in the construction of this temple.It is the only temple at Kanchipuram which is not cluttered with the more recent additions of the cholas and vijayanagar rulers.Fragments of the eigth century murals which once graced the alcoves are a visible remainder of how magnificent the temple must have looked when it was first built.

Kamakshi Amman Temple

Kanchi is sacred as one of the three Sakti peethas of India. Kamakshi is said to be the Supergoddess, Parasakti, having Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as her eyes. She blesses all that dedicate themselves to her. This temple was built by cholas in the fourteenth century.
It is one of the three holy places of Sakthi worship in India the other two being Madurai and Varanasi.among these kanchipuram is the most important place. Here, the goddess is worshipped in the form of a Chakra placed in front of the idol. The sanctum sanctorum faces southeast in the centre of Gayatri Mandapam.
The tradition says that there was a delightful grove of Champaka trees around the main temple now known as Gayatri Mandaparn. The Devas took the form of parrots and worshipped Sri Devi here. The temple is also in closer control of the Sankara Mutt. An image of Shankaracharya is also worshipped. Sri Sankaracharya is said to have defeated Buddhist philosophers in debate here. The main tower over the sanctum (Vimaanam) of the temple is gold plated. Also of significance is the Golden Chariot in this temple. The Golden Chariot is taken in a procession around the temple on Friday evenings around 7.00 PM.More

Ulagalanda Perumal Temple

The temple faces west. Though Ulakalanda Perumal is a Main deity. Adi-seshan is honored here in three modes. The temple itself is called Uragan. The tank opposite the temple is called Naga Tirtham (Snake pond). As the God revealed himself to Adi-seshan, this place got the name of Uragam. In the sanctum, Trivikraman is standing in a huge size with his left leg raised aloft to indicate that his one step has measured the sky. Two fingers in the left hand are pointing that two steps are over. The image is in stucco and hence does not receive water oblations, but periodically a special ointment is smeared over it. The image has only two hands, the right exhibiting Tarjani mudra and the left extended as far as the stretched leg. Vishnu has ordinarily three poses. Sitting (Asana), Recumbent (Sayana) and Standing (Sthanaka). In Kanchi itself one can see all the poses sitting in Pandavaperumal coil sayana in Yatodkari and standing here.

Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Varadaraja Perumal temple is a massive and impressive edifice. The Hundred-Pillar-hall erected during the Vijayanagar period in this temple is noted for its exquisite sculptures.This is an extremely large temple with abundant sculptures. This temple is made up of several sub-shrines. This is also called the Devaraja Swamy temple. This temple provides a glimpse of 16th century pillared pavilion with an exuberant workmanship. This temple situated on the top of Hastigiri or Elephant Hill.More