Kanchi Kamakshi Temple

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple is the most important temple in Kanchipuram. Main deity Kanchi Kamakshi Amman will be in Padmasana posture ( a yogic sitting posture) holding sugarcane bow in left upper arm and Lotus, Parrot in her right upper arm. Aadi Sankaracharya has stationed before the goddess a Sri Chakra. Sri Chakra which is said to be containing the efficiency of power of Kamakshi Devi.

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peetas across the country. ‘Ka’ means Saraswathi Devi (God of Education), ‘Ma’ means Lakshmi Devi (God of Wealth), Akshi means eyes. The name as a whole means, Goddess who possess Saraswathi and Lakshmi as her two eyes. This temple was built by Pallava Kings during 6th century A.D.

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple Legends

Kamakshi Devi did penance for Lord Siva by creating a Siva Idol from the Earth. At that moment, Lord Siva to test Kamakshi Devi’s penance, he incarnated himself as a Kamba River and raised high in tides to destroy the Idol. Kamakshi Devi safeguarded Siva Linga by closing the Idol with her two hands. Goddess performed strict penance by sitting in a needle tip surrounded by 5 fires ( Panchakagni). Impressed by the dedication, Lord Siva appeared before her and married Goddess Kamakshi.

Once Lord Maha Vishnu cursed Goddess Lakshmi to take no form. It is said that Goddess Lakshmi did penance here for the Lord Vishnu and got relieved from the curse. There is a belief those who offer Kamakshi Devi Kumkum to Aarupam Lakshmi will be blessed with good wealth.

King Dasaratha offered prayers to the Goddess here before performing Putra Kamisti Yagam. It is believed that couples who perform pooja to the Goddess will be blessed with children.

Sage Durvasa wrote Sakthimahima Stotra and the great poet Mookakavi, who has written the Mooka Panchasasti poem of 500 verses on Kamakshi Amman.

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple Miracles

Once there was a devotee by name Mookan, who was dumb. He offered prayers to the goddess for the speech, impressed with his prayers goddess blessed him with speech and intellectual. Mookakavi wrote 500 poems praising the goddess, these poems were called by Mooka Panchashasti.

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple Pooja Timings

  • Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
  • Go pooja: 5:30 am (Everyday)
  • Abhishekam : 5 am / 12:00 pm / 5:00 pm  (Everyday)
  • Navavarna Pooja only on Full moon days (Pournami): 10 pm
  • Sandal Alankaram:  6 pm  ( Wednesday, Saturday)
  • Sahasranamam Archana: 7 am to  12 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm (Daily)

Darshan: Any decent outfit

Entry restricted for Non-Hindus.

Darshan Duration: 30 to 40 mins during weekdays and 60 to 90 mins during weekends.

Ticket cost: Free entry for all devotees.

How to reach Kanchi Kamakshi Temple?

  1. Temple is 111 km from Tirupati. Direct bus to Kanchipuram is available from Tirupati Central bus station.
  2. Temple is 1.3 km from Kanchipuram Bus station
  3. Temple is 2.9 km from Kanchipuram Railway station

Interesting places near Kamashi Amman Temple?

  1. Ekambareswarar Temple is 1 km away
  2. Sri Kailasanathar temple is 1.7 km away
  3. Sri Varadaraja perumal temple is 3.9 km away

Kanchi Kamakshi Temple Gallery


  1. Is there online booking available for abhishekam tickets. if not where to buy the in advance ?

  2. IS pooja(abhishekam) will be done on 02 sept 2016? please reply

  3. How will be the rush in kanchi kamakshi and other temples during coming navarathrulu , dasheera.

    • Dear Sir,
      Crowd will be little high during Navathrulu. As special poojas will be performed to the deity. But you can have Darshan on special Darshan tickets

  4. I Wii see kamakshi temple in kanchi on24/11/2016on those days are darshan or crowd

  5. What are the temple timings?

  6. Sir I am newly married I want get perform shiva Parvatikalayanam in kanchi
    Please give details which day what time will kalyanam done

  7. I want to donate some amount for Abhishekam seva for Sri Kamakshi Amma on a particular day/date every year /life long which will be decided by us. Please intimate how much amount is required to be paid for the Abhishekam seva yearly . 2) any intimation to invite us for the seva on that day will be given by Sri Kamakshi temple authorities ? 3) how many persons will be allowed for this

  8. dear sir,

    can you please tell me events conducted in january month we are planing to visit the temple in 2017 jan

  9. Respected Sir,
    We are planning to visit the temple within the last 10 days of this year with my 18 months old daughter. Can you pls tell us the method we should follow to have a quick darshan( as we are not in a position to wait with our toddler in queues for a long time) please?

    • Hi Madam,

      There will be a special special entrance tickets are available so you can get seegra darshan


  10. Parthiban Manoharan

    If I am visiting Kamakshi Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple and Kailasanathar temple, what order should I follow? Which temple to visit first? Which temple to visit which time? Could you please suggest?

    • Hi Madam,

      First you can visit to kamakshi temple,ekambareswara temple,kailasanatha temple and varadaraja perumal temple.according to your convinient you can visit all this temple.


  11. Is there any chance to book kamakshi amman Abhishekam Tickets through online. otherwise,Is there any way to get tickets in advance. Because I am living in Andhra pradesh.

  12. Do we have any temple accommodations available?

    • Hi sir,

      Yes you can get the accomadations on arrival there is no online bookings for kamakshi temple.


  13. I stay in Tirupati. What is the best time to visit temple with out any heavy rush ? Also what pooja’s are special there ? Please guide.


    • Hi Sir,

      if you booked the special entry darshan then it may take 4 hrs to complete the darshan.


  14. Rooms type and rent at mandir

  15. Alluvada Prakash rao

    We are going to rameswaram, madurai. How to go kanchi kamakshi temple from that places

  16. How much time will take for darshanam

  17. I want to perform my daughter’s aksharabyasam in kanchi kamakshi temple. I want to know whether they perform it or not. If they perform at timings they do

  18. dear sr/madam
    is suhasini puja will be done in kanchi kamakshi temple, thankyou

  19. We want to go kanchi kamakshi temple on dussara navaratrulu . If the temple free or rush

  20. Namastkar

    We are planning to visit Kanchi temple along with family ., Can some please share with us anout accommodation facilities / Hotels near by temple

    • Dear Sir/Madam,
      You need to book online for booking accommodation online in kanchi please contact 9393939150.
      Thank you.

  21. Can we perform kumkumarchana by ourselfs before the godess . Is that seva available