Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman temple :

God and Godess :

Kamakshi Amman.

Location :

Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman Temple
Peria ,sannathi (Street), Kanchipuram city,
Kanchipuram district-635501,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

Morning 5:30AM – Evening – 8:30PM.

Temple History :

The Kamakshi temple is an ancient Hindu temple located in the historical city of Kanchipuram, in Tamilnadu, India. The city is located on the banks of River Vedavathi, A tributary of the Palar River. Kanchi Kamakshi temple is one among the 51 Shaktipeetas.Kamakshi temple is situated on about 5 acres of land and has four entrances. The main entrance of the temple has a Kalabhairavar deity on its left and the Mahishasura Mardini deity on the right. The temple is spelled as “Nabisthana- Ottiyana Peetam”. The place where Goddess resides is ‘Gayathri Mandapam’. There is a “Santhanasthamba” inside the prakara of Goddess which is called the ‘Nabisthan’ of the goddess. The temple Sanctorum consists of the deity Adivaraha Perumal. There is a Shreechakra Yantra established by Jagadguru Sri Adisankaracharya in front of the deity.

History: Kanchi is also called as Satyavrita Kshetra. The Goddess Worshipped Lord Siva by creating a mud idol in Kanchi. At that moment, Lord Siva incarnated as Kamba River with high tides to test the worship of the goddess, the goddess grasped the idol closely with her two hands from eroding in the tides. This prevented the idol from getting eroded in the floods. The goddess also performed Pooja by sitting in a needle tip surrounded by “Panchakagni” (surrounded by 5 fires) to free herself from the interest of livelihood.Lord Shiva became happy, gestured before her and married the goddess. Though there are many Shiva temples in the city, the only temple to have the Sanctorum of the goddess is ‘SRI KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE’. There are also eight other Shakti goddesses surrounding the temple.The place where goddess resides is “Gayatri Mandapam”. The Goddess lives in a temple in 3 forms. They are Sri Kamakshi, Sri Bilahasam, and Sri Chakram. The goddess is in a sitting posture of “Padmasana”.The goddess contains Pasa, Angusa, Pushpabana and Sugarcane in her forehands.

The Goddess Mahalakshmi was given cursed by the Lord Vishnu to incarnate as Aarupam form. The Goddess Mahalakshmi comes to Kanchipuram and performs the worship chanting in the name of Lord Vishnu to free her from this Aarupam. After long prayers, the Goddess is freed from her Aarupam and given a Rupam by the Lord Vishnu. There exists a belief that Goddess Kamakshi kumkum has to be offered to the idol of Aarupa Lakshmi within the Sanctorum whereby the goddess Lakshmi will fulfill your needs on the prayer.The temple sanctum consists of a deity “Adivaraha Perumal” which is one of the 108 Vaishnaivaite deity worship temples.The history reveals us that King Dasaratha performed “Putra Kameshi Yagam” in the temple for the Birth of a child to his kingdom. The King performed pooja to the “Nabisthanam” of the goddess in the temple. The King Dasaratha within a few months received a child. The King Dasaratha belongs to the “Ekshuvagu Vamsam” whereby the prime deity is Goddess Kamakshi. The extract of this story is visible in “Markendeya Purana”. The faith is if prayed truly the goddess provides a child for the childless couples.The Saint Adisankara born at Kaladi in Kerala traveled across all the parts of the country. When he visited Kanchipuram he felt the goddess is in a ferocious mode that the entire sanctorum was very hot. So to personify her and accomplish to her to normal state the saint sung songs in the praise of goddess named “Soundarya Lahari” then he established a Sri Chakra in front of her idol to keep her cool and personified. This Sri chakram is visible to all of us and all the poojas are done to Sri chakram too. The Saint established Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and attained Sarvagyna peetam in this holy city.

The temple was visited by a dumb devotee named “Mookan”. The devotee begged the goddess to free him from this dumbness so that he can perform poems on the praise of the goddess. The goddess suddenly provides him grace by freeing him from dumbness and giving him intellectuality in creating poetry. He was very happy with the goddess that he wrote a poetry named “Mookapanchashati” in which he praises entirely about the grace of the goddess with her beauty.The temple goddess has been so grateful that she has made dumb to a poetic, has given birth to the childless couples and provides wealth to all her devotees. The goddess destroys evil and helps the prosperity of goodness to prosper throughout the world.The special occasions for the Goddess Kamakshi are Navratri, Bhramotsavam, and Pournami (Full Moon Day). The goddess is distinctively powerful in these times and it is even more auspicious to visit the temple in these days.I wish all the devotees to participate in this special time and receive the blessings of the Goddess Kamakshi without fail.

Importance: The history proclaims that Kanchipuram was ruled by The Pallava Kings. The ancient scriptures reveal that king Dasharatha performed Putra Kameshti Yagam in the temple for the birth of a child to his kingdom. Within a few months, his wish was fulfilled. The extract of this story is found in “Markandeya Puranam”. The faith is if prayed truly the Goddess provides a child for the childless couple.The special occasions for goddess Kamakshi are Navarathri, Brahmotsava, and Pournami. The goddess is even more powerful during these special days and it is auspicious for the devotees to visit this place during these days. Kanchipuram which is one of the tourist cities in Tamilnadu is well known for its sheer architectural skills and hand weaved silk sarees. The land around Kanchipuram is flat and slopes towards the south and east. The area is rich in medicinal plants. There are 6 important places to be visited in Kanchipuram. Kamakshi Amman temple, Ekambareshwar temple, Kailasanathar temple, Kanchi kudil, Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary and Devarajaswamy temple. Kanchipuram is well connected by road and rail.

Festivals :

  • Navaratri festival (Sep – Oct),
  • Mahashivaratri ,
  • Chariot festival ,
  • Aadi ,
  • Aippasi Pooram,
  • Sankara Jayanthi ,
  • Vasantha Utsavam.

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Abhishekam – 6:00AM(daily) ,
  • Abhishekam – 10:30AM(daily) ,
  • Abhishekam – 4:30PM(daily) ,
  • Sandal Alankaram – Every Wednesday & Saturday.
  • Palliarai pooja – 8:30PM.
  • Navavarna pooja full Moonday 10PM.
  • Go pooja.

Nearest Temples Around Kanchipuram Kamakshi Amman temple :

  • Kanchipuram Varadaraja swamy temple – Kanchipuram district – 1.00 km
  • Kanchipuram Ekambaranathar temple – Kanchipuram district – 1.00 km
  • Kanchipuram Kumara Kottam Subramanya temple – Kanchipuram district – 1.00 km
  • Kanchipuram Sri Kailasanathar Temple – Kanchipuram district – 2.00 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 – 63.00 km
  • Tiruporur Kandaswamy Temple – Kanchipuram district – 67.00 km
  • Sripuram Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple – Vellore district – 83.00 km
  • Pancheshti Agastheeswarar temple – Tiruvallur district – 91.00 km
  • Singavaram Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple – Viluppuram district – 95.00 km
  • Siruvapuri Bala subramanya swamy temple – Tiruvallur district – 97.00 km
  • Tiruchanur Sri Padmavathi ammavari temple – Chittoor district – 103.00 km
  • Srikalahasthi Sri Kalahastheeswara Swamy temple – Chittoor district – 127.00 km
  • Tiruvannamalai Sri Arunachaleswar Temple – Tiruvannamalai district – 133.00 km
  • Poovarasankuppam Sri Lakshmi Narashima Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 136.00 km
  • Parikkal Sri Lakshmi Narasimha murthy Temple – Viluppuram district – 151.00 km
  • Koovagam Koothandavar Temple – Viluppuram district – 154.00 km
  • Tirukoilur Ulagalantha Perumal Temple – Viluppuram district – 168.00 km
  • Tarigonda Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple – Chittoor district – 190.00 km
  • Chidambaram Tillai Nataraja temple – Cuddalore district – 190.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kanchipuram – 1.00 km
  • Arakkonam – 33.00 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 – 106.00 km
  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore – 267.00 km
  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 293.00 km

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