Location: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and god of the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped all across India. His temples can be located in every part of the country but nowhere more than Tamil Nadu would you get a chance to see them in number. The land of temples, Tamil Nadu boasts of housing around 2,500 Shiv Temples that hold great importance for the Hindus. Amongst all the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, Kailasnathar temple in Kanchipuram is the oldest one.
Located in the Kanchipuram city of Tamil Nadu, Kailasanathar temple was built during 685 A.D. to 705 A.D. The Pallava ruler, Rajasimha started the construction of the temple but it was completed by his son Mahendra Varma Pallava. The architecture of the temple is a fine example of the Dravidian style of architecture carved out of sandstone. 58 small shrines with different forms of Lord Shiva surround the main shrine. The walls of the temple are adorned with beautiful paintings and sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in different postures. According to the popular belief the temple served as a shelter to the king at the time of battles.
The temple is aptly located in a rustic suburb away from the hustle-bustle of the city. A huge kneeling Nandi with the face towards the temple stands right in front of the entrance. The architectural beauty of this temple stands out from all the other temples in Tamil Nadu. One of the unique features of this temple is the 16 sided Shiva lingam made up of black granite at the main shrine. Thousands of devotees visit the temple at the time of Mahashivratri, when you would even have to wait for hours in long queues for your turn.
Timings: 6 am – 12 pm, 4 pm- 7 pm
Photography: Allowed except inside the main Sanctum
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