Kailasanadar Kancheepuram

Kailasanadar Kancheepuram

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Kailasanadar, facing east


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Kailasanadar Kancheepuram is another Archaelogical wonder of Tamilnadu pre-dating the Thanjavur Big Temple. The temple is also called Rajasimha Pallavaneswaram after its builder. The temple is built on a solid Granite foundation with the superstructures created in Sandstone. The temple has a unique feature of 53 small niche shrines inside with several carvings including Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Durga and more in different forms and positions of mythological significance. The main deity is 16 sided Lingam in black granite. The external walls of the main shrine has got several excellent carvings of 23 Gods. A significant feature is the profusion of lions jutting out all around the mantapa and pillars. A circumambulatory passage with a narrow entry passage requires devotees to crawl through by climbing down seven steps to reach it. Passing through the narrow passage is indicative of passage through life. Some of the magnificient sculptures include Shiva under a Banyan tree, Shiva dancing with 8 hands, Shiva with 10 hands coming out as Lingotbava, Somaskanda, Mahishasuramardhini in a different posture of happiness after destroying the demon Mahisha, Shiva chopping off the fifth head of Brahma, Dakshimamurthy, Harihara, Kalasamharamurthy, Narasimha in an unusual depiction of fighting with the Asura Hiranyakashipu, Pitchadanar, Sivathandava, Gangadhara, Jalandharavada Murthy and Chakradhara. Our reference was some writings by Dr.Kudavayil Balasubramanian. We suggest you go with one of the several good books on this temple and spend at least half a day observing and appreciating the features one by one.

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Kailasanadar Kancheepuram was built by Rajasimha Pallava who ruled between 700 and 726 CE. This temple is also said to have been an inspiration for King Rajaraja Chola for building the Thanjavur Big Temple. The Chalukya King Vikramaditya II set out on a mission to destory Kancheepuram to avenge the destruction of Vatapi by Pallavas. Upon sighting the Kailasanadar Temple first, he was mesmerized by its sculptural splendour and his anger vanished to devotion and gratitude. he gave plenty of wealth, inscribed on stone and took along with him the sculptors to build the Viroopaksha Temple in Pattadakal. King Krishna of Rashtrakuta took them to build the Kailasanada Temple at Ellora.


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Kailasanadar Kancheepuram is on the eastern side of town in SVN Pillai Street and sign boards are available to lead you.

Stay and Food

Kancheepuram town has innumerable temples which could be combined as preferred. Refer our map to plan your day. Good hotels and restaurants are available.

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