Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple Kanchipuram
About Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple
The kanchi Kailasanathar temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram.Located in Tamil Nadu, India, it is a Hindu temple in the Dravidian architectural style. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and is known for its historical importance.
The temple was built from 685-705AD by a Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava Dynasty. The low-slung sandstone compound contains a large number of carvings, including many half-animal deities which were popular during the early Dravidian architectural period.
The structure contains 58 small shrines which are dedicated to various forms of Shiva. These are built into niches on the inner face of the high compound wall of the circumambulatory passage. The temple is one of the most prominent tourist attractions of the city.
The temple is located on the banks of the Vedavathi River at the western limits of the Kanchipuram which faces east. Its location, demarcated according to the religious faiths, is in one of three "Kanchis", the Shiva Kanchi; the other two Kanchis are, Vishnu Kanchi and Jain Kanchi. It is 75 kilometres (47 mi) from the Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.Kailasanathar is one of several notable temples in Kanchipuram, the others being Ekambaranatha, Kachapeshwarar, Kamakshi Amman, Kumarakottam Temple, and Varadaraja Perumal.
By Air: Well-connected to all important cities of India, Chennai International airport is the nearest airport to holy city Kanchipuram, around 64km away. Taxi services are available from airport to Kanchipuram.
By Train: The city has its own train station and is well-linked with all major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Further, Chennai, Pondicherry, and Madurai are the rail lines connected with it.
By Road: Regular bus services are available from central cities of the state to Kanchipuram from Chennai (64km), Tirupati (128km), Pondicherry (127km) and Tiruchchirappalli (290km). In-addition, there are sufficient number of bus services available from Kanchipuram to other major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.
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