Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and is the oldest temples of all in this temple town.
Kanchi Kailasanathar temple Legend
It is said that Romasa Maharshi did penance for Lord Siva to attain salvation (Moksha) as suggested by his Guru Agastya Rishi. Impressed with the penance, Lord Siva appeared before him and advised him to take circumambulatory passage inside the main shrine to attain salvation.
Kanchi Kailasanathar temple History
This temple construction was started by Rajasimha from Pallava dynasty in 685 A.D. Later, this was completed by his son Mahendra Varma III during 705 A.D. This temple is known for its Dravidian style with amazing sculptures. The inner courtyard of Kailasanathar temple was built by Rajaraja Chola during 12th century A.D. There are 58 Siva temples within the temple complex, each with a different style. One of the specialities of this temple is the sandstone compound. This temple is very much famous for outstanding limestone art and sculpture.
There is a passage within the temple, where the main shrine is, this passage connects from one side to another side in a circle along with the Siva linga. A devotee who walks through this passage with a belief that “some good may happen within seven days in my life” will be blessed with good fortune. Another belief is that one will attain salvation (Moksha) one who pass through this passage. The main lingam has got 16 faces, inner circle of prakaram meant for birth and death. That has been carved in such a way only a few with slim personalities may get in through and come out.
Kailasanathar Temple is one of the 9 Shaiva Kshetras. These 9 Shaiva kshetra represents 9 planets ( Nava grahas). Kailasanathar temple represents the planet Ketu. It is believed that one who worships Lord Siva here, will be relieved from Ketu problems.
How to reach Kanchi Kailasanathar temple?
- Temple is 108 km from Tirupati. Direct bus to Kanchipuram is available at regular intervals.
- Temple is 80 km from Chennai.
- Temple is 2,4 km from Kanchipuram bus station.
- Temple is 2.5 km from Kanchipuram Railway station.
Interesting places near to this temple?
- Ekambareswarar temple is 1.9 km from this temple
- Kumara Kottam Subramanya Temple is 1.9 km away.
- Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple is 2.8 km away
- Sri Varadaraja perumal Temple is 5 km away