Friday, February 26, 2016

Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram
The Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram, located in TamilnaduIndia, it is a Hindu temple in the Dravidian architectural style. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and is known for its historical importance. The temple was built from 685 – 705 AD by Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava Dynasty. The low-slung sandstone compound contains a large number of carvings, including many half-animal deities which were popular during the early Dravidian architectural period. 






The structure contains 58 small shrines which are dedicated to various forms of Shiva. These are built into niches on the inner face of the high compound wall of the circumambulatory passage. The temple is one the most prominent tourist attractions of the city.






Legends
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History
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Geography
The temple is located on the banks of the Vegavathi at the western limits of the Kanchipuram. It faces east. Its location, demarcated according to the religious faiths, is in one of three "Kanchis", the Shiva Kanchi; the other two Kanchis are, Vishnu Kanchi and Jain Kanchi. It is 75 kilometres (47 mi) from the Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. 




Kailasanathar is one of several notable temples in Kanchipuram, the others being Ekambaranatha Temple, Karchapeshwarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kumarakottam Temple & Varadaraja Perumal Temple.
Architecture
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6 A.M to 6.30 P.M daily..
Festivals
Maha Shivarathri is the biggest festival held in the temple when thousand of devotees throng the temple in the evening hours to offer prayers to the main deity.
Contact
Kailasanathar Temple,
Putleri Street, Pillaiyarpalayam,
Kanchipuram – 631 501 
Phone: 044 2744 2232
Connectivity
Kanchipuram is located at a distance of 75 km from Chennai, 68 km from Vellore, 108 km from Tirupati & 127 km from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram or Kanchi is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in South India. It is a temple town and the headquarters of Kanchipuram district. Kanchipuram is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Chennai and one of the major pilgrimage sites in Tamilnadu.
Kanchipuram is well connected by train and bus from major cities in South. There are frequent buses to Kanchipuram from Chennai, Vellore, Tirupati, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, etc. It usually takes about 2 full days to visit the major sites in Kanchi. 
By Bus:
Kailasanathar Temple situated west side of Kanchipuram and is 3 Km from Kanchi bus stand; and 2.7 km from railway station. Somehow there is no local bus service in Kanchipuram. But there are many auto-rickshaws that drive you to the temple. Temple located 1.5 km away from Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is 75 kms from Chennai.
By Train: 
The nearest Railway Station is Kanchipuram. From Kanchipuram, the temple is 2.7 km away. Private taxis are available to reach this temple.
By Air: 
Chennai is the nearest airport. From Chennai the temple is 75 kms away.

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