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This is a beautiful temple from 700 AD although most of the current structure is from a much later period - around 1400 AD. The temple is huge, aesthetically majestic and one of the grandest Shiva temples in the country. Ekambareshwara is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the Panchabhoota sthala Shiva Temples, representing Earth. Apart from the presiding deities, there is a holy mango tree standing right next to the main shrine. It is said to bear four different types of mangoes on its four different branches. There are separate shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Ganesha in the temple complex.
Unlike most other temples in Kanchipuram, this is not a living temple. It is a beautiful example of early Pallava architecture, built in 600 - 700 AD. The architecture has a striking similarity with that of the shore temple in Mahabalipuram (built by the same dynasty). As this is not a living temple, there is no devotee here and consequently no crowd. This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has wonderful sculptures, made out of sand stone. There is huge 16 sided lingam made of granite inside the temple and a tunnel. It is believed that if we come around the Shiva Idol once, (via the tunnel) it's similar to visiting Kailash. The Temple is almost 3 kms away from the city centre. Stunningly beautiful temple, it reflects the artistry of the Pallava Dynasty. It's speciality is different poses of lions in his sculpture. The temple has a 16 faced Shiva lingam. It has a hidden tunnel also.
Kamakshi Amman Temple
Built in the traditional style and architecture this temple has a splendid temple tank and towers that add to the beauty of the place. The deity, Kamakshi presides not just over the temple but the city and is simply one of the most beautiful idols, all graceful. Kamakshi temple is the heart and soul of the temple city Kanchipuram. The main deity is Godess Paravati in a sitting posture.
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