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An Architectural Wonder:

The Kailasanathar Temple in Tamil Nadu

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Location: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and the most fascinating God
of the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped all across India.
His temples can be located in every part of the country
but nowhere more than Tamil Nadu
would you get a chance to see them in number.
The land of temples, Tamil Nadu boasts of
housing around 2500 Shiv Temples
that hold great importance for the Hindus.
Amongst all the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu,
Kailasnathar temple in Kanchipuram is the oldest one.
Located in the Kanchipuram city of Tamil Nadu,
Kailasanathar temple was built during 685 A.D to 705 A.D.
The Pallava ruler, Rajasimha
started the construction of the temple
but it was completed by his son Mahendra Varma Pallava.
The architecture of the temple is
a fine example of the Dravidian style
used with sandstone to carve out the structure.
58 small shrines in different forms of
Lord Shiva surround the main shrine.
The walls of the temple are adorned with
beautiful paintings and sculptures of
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in different postures.
According to the popular belief
the temple served as a shelter
to the king at the time of battles.
The temple is aptly located in a rustic
suburb away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
A huge kneeling Nandi with the face towards
the temple stands right in front of the entrance.
The architectural beauty of this temple stands out
from all the other temples in Tamil Nadu.
One of the unique features of this temple is
the 16 sided Shiva lingam made up of
black granite at the main shrine.
Thousands of devotees visit the temple
at the time of Mahashivratri,
when you would even have to wait
for hours in long ques for your turn.
Timings: 6 am – 12 pm; 4 pm- 7 pm
Entry: Free
Photography: Allowed with the exception of the main diety
Nandni | September 20, 2013 at 2:21 am |
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