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#2 of 29 Places To Visit in Kanchipuram
ekambareswarar temple
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Car St, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India
+91-44-27420836 +91-99441-17450 +91-99768-42058
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

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Ekambareswarar temple is the largest temple in Kanchipuram - the town of thousand temples. Ekambareswarar literally translates to ‘Lord of mango tree’. It is one of the Panchabhoota sthala Shiva Temples, representing Earth. The other four are: Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram (sky), Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara Temple in Trichy (water), Sri Kalahasti Temple in Kalahasti (wind)
and Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara Temple in Thiruvannamalai (fire).

It was built by the Pallavas, remodelled by the Cholas and subsequently elaborated on by King Krishnadevaraya who led Vijayanagara empire to its glory. The Aayiram Kaal Mandapa or Hall of the Thousand pillars, is one of the highlights of the temple. The walls of the temple are decorated with 1008 Shiva Lingam. The inner sanctum contains a lingam along with an image of Lord Shiva. Adorning the main temple’s back is a Somaskanda iconography that represents Lord Shiva with Goddess Uma and Lord Skanda in the child form between them.

As you walk into the sprawling temple complex you will come across 5 courtyards, also called prakarams and the sacred temple tank called Kampai Tirthai. There are separate shrines dedicate to Lord Vishnu and Ganesha.  Stala Vruksham  - a holy mango tree stands right next to the main shrine. It is said to bear 4 different types of mangoes on its 4 different branches.

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Bathrinath Shanmugam
Bathrinath Shanmugam
Impressive architecture.
Jun 21 2014
This temple is one of my most favourte places to visit. Once you are inside there is a timeless quality that leaves the outside world behind. This is a Shiva Temple and so foreigners are more welcome than usual. You can walk around the halls and see ...... read more