Kanchipuram Ekambaranathar temple :

God and Godess :

  • Ekambaranathar,
  • Kamakshi Ammavaru ,
  • Nataraja swamy.

Location :

Kanchipuram Ekambaranathar temple / Kanchi Ekambareswar temple, Ekambareswara sannidhi (Street),
Peria Kanchi , Puram (City),
Kanchipuram district-631502,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 6:00AM – 12:30PM
  • Evening 4:00PM – 8:30PM.

Temple History :

Ekambarnathar Temple is located at Kanchipuram, a South Indian state of Tamilnadu.This temple is one of the famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in India.It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element(Pancha Bhoota’s)) representing the element – (Prudwi linga). The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (Jala linga), Chidambaram Natarajar (Aakasa Linga), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (Agni Linga) and Kalahasti Nathar (Vayu Linga).All of the four revered Saivite Saints have sung the glories of this temple. This vast temple is one of the most ancient in India having been in existence since at least 600 AD.The existing structure then was pulled down and rebuilt by the Pallava Kings. The Cholas, who came later, also made several contributions to the temple. There is a small shrine for Lord Vishnu named Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan. Here, the Lord Vishnu is prayed as Vamana Murthy.The temple covers an area of over 40 acres. Reaching a height of 57 meters, the temple’s Raja gopuram is one of the tallest in South India and was built by the Vijayanagar King, Sri Krishnadevaraya.One notable feature of the temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or the “hallway with a thousand pillars”, which was built by the Vijayanagar Kings. The temple’s inner walls are decorated with an array of 1,008 Siva lingams.The Sthala-Virutcham(tree) is a 3,500-year-old mango tree whose branches are said to yield four different types of mangoes.

History: once Goddess Parvati Devi was doing penance under the temple’s ancient Mango Tree. In order to test her devotion, Lord Shiva sent fire on her. Goddess Parvati prayed to her brother, Lord Vishnu, for help. In order to save her, he took the Moon from Lord Shiva’s head and showed the rays which then cooled down the tree as well as Parvati.After that, Lord Shiva again sent the river Ganga to disrupt Parvati’s penance. Then Goddess Parvati Devi prayed to Ganga and convinced her that both of them were sisters and so should not harm her. And so Ganga did not disturb her penance after that. Then Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of the sand and got united with Lord Shiva.According to another legend, it is believed that Parvati worshiped Shiva in the form of a Prithivi Lingam ( Lingam improvised out of sand), under a mango tree. Legend has it that the neighboring Vegavati river overflowed and threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam and that Parvati or Kamakshi embraced the Lingam. Shiva touched by the gesture materialized in person and married her. In this context, he is referred to as Tazhuva Kuzhainthaar (“He who melted in Her embrace”) in Tamil.

Festivals:
13-day Panguni Uthiram in March-April with colorful events with processions in Silver Rath, Silver Mavadi Servai, and Gold Vrushab- the Nandhi vahan of Lord Shiva is the biggest festival of the temple drawing devotee crowd in lakhs. The devotee crowd is also huge on the new moon, full moon and Pradosha days. Also celebrated in the temple are Deepavali, Tamil, and English New Year days with special Abhishekas and pujas. Thousands come to worship Lord on these days.

The greatness of this temple: Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. The Shiva Linga made of sand by Mother Kamakshi adores the sanctum sanctorum. The symbol of Mother embracing the Linga is still visible. Opposite the sanctum of Lord Ekambareswara is the Spatika Linga facing west and the Spatika Nandhi in the Prakara. On the Ratha Sapthami day in the month of Thai (January-February) rays of Sun fall on Lord. Of the Panchabhoodha Linga Temples, this temple belongs to Prithvi Linga(Earth). There is a Mango tree in the temple dating back to 3,500 years. The divine tree with its four branches representing the four Vedas yields fruits in four flavors – sweet, citric, spicy and bitter. Procession deity Lord Ekambareswara is a separate shrine of glass under the Rudraksha Pandal-tent, the roof with 5008 Rudrakshas. Devotees can have the darshan of Lord Shiva in his huge form. According to pundits, this darshan grants the devotee total relief from the cycle of births and deaths. The Spatika Linga prayer blesses the devotee with a beautiful personality removing evil thoughts from the mind. Also, the Sahasralinga worshiped by Lord Sri Rama to cleanse Himself from the Brahmmahati dosha and the Ashtothra (108) Lingas are also in the temple. People use to light 108 lamps in this shrine.

Festivals :

  • Panguni Uthiram in March – April with colorful events with processions in silver Chariot and silver Mavadi servai Golden Nandi vahan of Lord Shiva is the biggest festival celebrated in the temple.
  • The devotees crowd is also huge on new moon ,Full moon days.
  • Deevali celebrated in the temple.At that time Abhishekam performed to the Lord Shiva.

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Koo pooja – 6:00AM.
  • Ushakala pooja – 6:30AM – 7:30AM.
  • Kalasanthi pooja – 7:30AM – 8:30AM.
  • Uchikala pooja – 11:30AM – 12:00PM.
  • Pradoshakala pooja – 5:00PM – 5:30PM.
  • Sayankala pooja – 6:00PM – 7:00PM.
  • Arthajam pooja – 8:30PM.
  • Special Entrance – Rs.5/-
  • Camera ticket(Ordinary) – Rs.10/-
  • Video Camera ticket – Rs.100/-
  • Vilva Archanai – Rs.2/-
  • Kumkumarchana – Rs.2/-
  • Rudram – Rs.5/-
  • Sahasranamam – Rs.3/-
  • Kodi deepam /Nei Deepam – Rs.2/-
  • Marriage Form – Rs.1250/-(Rs.250/- + Donation) Kanikkai fee – Rs.20/-
  • Abhisheka fee – Rs.151/-
  • Modavar sannithi Abhishekam (Milk ,Curd,Maala ,Prasadam ,Abhishekam things) – Rs.1500/-
  • Other Sannathikala abhishekam fee(Milk ,Curd,Maala ,Prasadam ,Abhishekam things) – Rs.1000/-
  • Mavadiyil Maraththotti katta – Rs.20/-
  • Sthala puranam(Tamil) – Rs.25/-
  • Mappilai /Pen Alaippu – Rs.100/-

Nearest Temples Around Kanchipuram Ekambaranathar temple :

  • Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman Temple – Kanchipuram district – 1.00 km
  • Kanchipuram Kumara Kottam Subramanya temple – Kanchipuram district – 1.00 km
  • Kanchipuram Varadaraja swamy temple – Kanchipuram district – 2.00 km
  • Kanchipuram Sri Kailasanathar Temple – Kanchipuram district – 3.00 km
  • Tiruthani subramanya swamy temple – Tiruvallur district – 42.00 km
  • Vallakkottai Murugan Temple – Kanchipuram district – 43.00 km
  • Sholinghur Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple – Vellore district – 62.00 km
  • Tiruporur Kandaswamy Temple – Kanchipuram district – 68.00 km
  • Sripuram Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple – Vellore district – 82.00 km km
  • Pancheshti Agastheeswarar temple – Tiruvallur district – 91.00 km
  • Singavaram Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple – Viluppuram district – 96.00 km
  • Siruvapuri Bala subramanya swamy temple – Tiruvallur district – 98.00 km
  • Tiruchanur Sri Padmavathi ammavari temple – Chittoor district – 103.00 km
  • Tiruvannamalai Sri Arunachaleswar Temple – Tiruvannamalai district – 135.00 km
  • Poovarasankuppam Sri Lakshmi Narashima Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 137.00 km
  • Parikkal Sri Lakshmi Narasimha murthy Temple – Viluppuram district – 152.00 km
  • Koovagam Koothandavar Temple – Viluppuram district – 155.00 km
  • Tirukoilur Ulagalantha Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 162.00 km
  • Chidambaram Tillai Nataraja temple – – Cuddalore district – 191.00 km
  • Tarigonda Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple – Chittoor district – 195.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kanchipuram – 2.00 km
  • Siruperumbudur – 33.00 km
  • Tiruvallur – 49.00 km
  • chennai – 66.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kanchipuram – 1.00 km
  • Arakkonam – 29.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Chennai International Airport,Chennai – 63.00 km
  • Tirupati Airport,Renigunta – 105.00 km
  • Kempegowda International Airport,Bangalore – 266.00 km
  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 293.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore – 437.00 km

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