Ekambareswarar Temple located in Kancheepuram is one of the Pancha bhootha sthala (five elements – Earth, Sky, Air, Fire, Water). Lord Siva here represents Earth. Temple is 2 km from Kanchipuram Bus station
Ekambareswarar Temple Legends
Goddess Kamakshi performed strict penance for Lord Siva, by standing on a single leg under a mango tree beside Vegavathi river. Kamakshi Devi had passed through many tests created by Siva. To test the quality of the penance, Lord Siva sent fire on her, she then sought help from her brother Vishnu. Vishnu showered Moon rays to cool the fire.
Then, Lord Siva sent Ganga to disrupt the penance. Goddess Kamakshi requested Ganga not to harm. On Kamakshi’s request, Ganga remained calm.
Goddess Kamakshi made Siva Linga out Earth and continued with her penance for many years. Impressed by the penance, Lord Siva married Goddess Kamakshi.
Ekambareswarar Temple Mango Tree
Ancient mango which is of 3500 years is located in the temple compound. This tree has four branches, which represents 4 Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda). Interesting part associated with this tree is, fruits from the four branches will be of different tastes.
Eka means One, Amar means Mango Tree thus the name Ekambar derived from these two terms.
Currently, this tree is kept under closed glass walls which is located right next to the main shrine.
Ekambareswarar Temple History
This ancient temple was renovated by Pallavas, Cholas and then by KrishnaDeva Raya of Vijayanagar dynasty during 1509 – 1529 AD. Raja Gopuram (Temple Tower) is of 57 meters high, one of the tallest towers in South India. This Temple has five spacious corridors (prakarams) and a beautiful 1000 pillared hall (Aayiram Kaal Mandap). This temple has 1008 Siva Lingas. Temple Tank Kampai Tirtha is believed to have the underground holy river, is located right opposite to the temple.
The Sri Chakra in this temple was installed by Adhi Sankaracharya, having 34 Trikonas (triangles). This Chakra is made out of eight herbals called Astagandham. Abhishekam will not be performed to this chakra. Pooja will be performed with Sandal an other cosmetic powders and Archana with Kumkum. On the day of Vijayadasami during Navarathri festival, this Chakra will be covered with gold and silver on all other days.
The base for this chakra is of Kurma shape and is respected as Raja Yantra.
Ekambareswarar Temple Timings
- Morning Hours: 6:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Evening Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ekambareswarar Temple Pooja Timings
- Morning Hours: 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm
- Evening Hours: 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm
How to reach Ekambaresawrar Temple in Kanchi?
- Temple is 2 km from Kanchi Bus station
- Temple is 108 km from Tirupati. Direct bus to Kanchi is available from Tirupati at regular intervals.
- From Chennai, the temple is 80 km away.
- Temple is at a walkable distance (600 mt ) from Kanchipuram Railway station.