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Ekambaranathar Temple in Kanchipuram

·  Summer: March-May (21°C - 36°C)
·  Winter: November-February (19°C - 28°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

Opening Time: 06:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:30 p.m.
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One of the holiest South India temples, Ekambaranathar Temple is also among the most frequented religious sites in Kanchipuram. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is believed to have existed since 600 AD. Originally built by the Pallavas, the temple was further improved by the rulers from various powerful dynasties. A popular feature of the temple is its 3,500 year old divine mango tree whose branches bear 4 different varieties of the fruit. According to the mythological legend associated with the temple, it was sunder this tree that Goddess Parvati performed tough penance for Lord Shiva, who was pleased enough to marry her.

The rajagopuram (main temple tower) is about 57 m. tall and is one of the highest in the South India. Intricately carved 1,008 lingams of Shiva on the inner walls of the temple is a sight to savour. Another remarkable attraction of the temple is its hallway of thousand pillars called Aayiram Kaal Mandapam. Ekambaranathar Temple is one of the five Panch Booths Temples (each depicting a different element among air, ether, earth, water and fire), representing Earth and is therefore of great repute among pilgrims.

There are 5 courtyards and numerous shrines dedicated to different Hindu deities. Those dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha are quite popular as well. Be sure to dress up traditionally and follow the religious rules strictly.  

Road: The holy city of Kanchipuram is connected by well-maintained roads with all popular destinations of South India. It makes the temple conveniently accessible by road and in buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws.

Railway: Only about a km. from the temple is Kanchipuram’s railway station. After getting down from the train, you can hire an auto-rickshaw or choose to take a walk to access the temple.

Airway: The closest airport to the temple is Chennai International Airport which boasts of excellent air connectivity to many places. A distance of about 62 km. between the temple and the airport can be covered in a taxi or bus.