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Ambigapadeeswar temple, Kilambi, Tamil Nadu 631502
Dedicated to

Deity Posture

Architecture Style


The Chola dynasty

Completed on

9th century

About Kanchi Ekambareswarar, Tamil Nadu

The Ekambareswarar Temple is located in Kānchī, an important religious town in Tamilnadu also
famed for its exquisite silk sarees. The temple is part of the 5 shiva temples known as Pancha-
bhuta-sthalam, where each temple is dedicated to the 5 basic elements (fire, water, air, ether &
earth). Ekambareswarar is the Prithvi bhuta sthalam i.e. it represents ether or the whole
cosmos. The temple and its main deity are mentioned in several Thevaram (Ancient Tamil
devotional songs) composed by Nayanmars (Tamil Shaiva saints).

According to the Sthalapurānam of Kānchī, once Pārvatī came there to perform penance and
devote Herself to Shiva. Under a large mango tree, She made a Shivalingam of soil (Prithvi) and
started worshipping it. Shiva decided to take a test of her devotion. He ordered the nearby river
– Vedavati, to go and create disturbance in Pārvatīs penance. The river water started rising and
reached till the Shivalingam. Pārvatī saw this and panicked because the Shivalingam was made
of soil &amp. In a frenzy, She hugged the Shivalingam and pleaded with the Vedavati river to go back. Impressed with her devotion & strong emotions, Shiva himself appeared there & ordered the Vedavati river to turn back. He then reunited with Pārvatī and stayed there as the Prithvi -soil, lingam in petrified form.


Architecture of Kanchi Ekambareswarar, Tamil Nadu

The temple is mentioned in ancient Tamil Sangam works like Manimegalai and Perumpāṇāṟṟuppaṭai dated as far as 300 BCE. The initial structure was built by the Pallava rulers. When Cholas rose to power in Tamizhnadu, they reconstructed the whole temple in a
grand manner. Ādi Shankarāchārya got the temple complex remodeled along with the Perumal &
Kāmākshī Amma temple. During the 15th century, Vijayanagara kings made considerable
additions to the infrastructure.

How to reach Kanchi Ekambareswarar, Tamil Nadu?

By Train: Kanchi is the nearest railhead.
By Air: Chennai airport is the nearest airport.
By Bus: Buses available to Kanchipuram.

Kanchi Ekambareswarar, Tamil Nadu Timings

6.00am to 12.30pm
4.00pm to 8.30pm

Puja timings:

06:00 Koo Pooja ; 6:30 to 07:30 Ukshakala Pooja
07:30 to 08:30 Kala Santhi Pooja
11:30 to 12:00 Noon Uchikala Pooja
17:00 to 17:30 Pradhosa Kaalam
18:00 to 19:00 Sayaratchai Pooja
20:00 Arthajama Pooja

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