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KANCHIPURAM (KANCHEEPURAM)- INTRODUCTION

The sacred place namely-Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) gets its name from the Kanchi Tree which bears Kanchi flowers or blossoms. By virtue of the sweet fragrance of Amrith (the food of the Gods) that these flowers possess, they are most apt for the celestials.

This sacred species of flowers where found only at this holy place of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , since pre-historic times This Kanchi tree that had been created ages ago bears branches that glittered like gold, leaves that sparkled Like emeralds and fruits that sparkled like the nine gems. Out of the fourteen worlds present in this vast Universe, these blossoms or flowers were found only in the Earth, at the holy place of Kanchi. These flowers bloomed and filled air with fragrance. It can be said that they (flowers) bloomed and swayed In the breeze and filled and air with their sweet fragrance, much to pleasure of the celestials. So all the Celestials beginning from the Mummoorthis came to this place (Kanchi) stayed here, prayed with great devotions And were granted their boons (the boons they aspired for) and the holy place was named 'Kanchi Devapuram'. Due to changes in the affairs of recent times, the holy place came to be called 'Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) '.

Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) - It's Greatness

During the period when destruction of world takes place in a Yuga, (one of the ages) Lord Shiva Who is considered as the first and foremost of the Gods, assumes the holy title of 'Kaayaaroganeeswarar' and Takes refuge in the sacred place of Kanchi. After the period of destruction gets over, worlds are created again. In order to uphold Truth and justice, (in the worlds) God (Almighty) blesses the worlds with four Yugas Namely-Kiruthayugam, Threthayugam, Thuvaparayugam and Kaliyugam.

The first corresponding Gods for respective Yugas are being created in this sacred land. When destruction Of world's takes place towards the close of a Yuga period, Kanchi stands as the last place to get destroyed. During the Sathur Yuga period all the celestials come to Kanchi, establish idols of God (Siva lingams) bearing Their holy names (name of the respective celestials) in order to attain salvation. This practice (names of The respective celestials) of establishing idols of God (Shiva lingam) and worshipping them has been going on, Since several corers of Yuga periods. Keerthimathi ranks first among the 108 original powerful heirs to the Throne "Original Power Throne". She (Keerthimathi is the heroine to the throne) is in none other than the Great Goddess Kamackshi herself. During the Thuvaparayuga of the Sathuryuga period, Goddess Kamackshi sets Her divine foot on the sacred land of Kanchi, does penance gives several things away in charity, upholds The principles of Truth and Justice and thus protects the whole world. So, Kanchi is considered as very sacred Land. The seven holy places known for bestowing salvation are Ayodhya, Madurai, Mayapuri, Kasi, Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , Avanthi and Dwaraga. The sacred place namely-Kanchi is held in high esteem since it tops the list of the seven holy places mentioned above.

Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) is a holy place bounded on all sides by holy rivers such as Palar, Cheyyar, Kambaiyar, Vegavathi, Manjalaru, Vanniyaru and Kanchiyaru. The profound truth that the very soil of this holy land comes under the class of the five great elements in natures (Land, Water, Air, Fire and Sky) bears testimony to The greatness of Kanchi. Even today, several millions of Sages, wise men, Sithas (a class of celestials who Have acquired the 8 great mystic powers) and celestials worship the idols of God and also his spirit. They Also worship him (God) in the different forms through which the manifests himself. The great devotion to God helps them earn his favor and they acquire the 8 mystic powers from God. Thus Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) is a divine place which has great personages (who possess great powers) to its credit.

Saivism, Vaishnavism, Buddhism and Jainism and other sects which have Hinduism as their source of source of Mother Religion spread and attain their heights of glory in this holy land. A person, who sets his foot on the soil of this holy land at least once in his life-time, is sure to free himself from the effects of sins. It is believed that there is Shiva lingam (idol of Lord Shiva) for every foot (a measure of length). So pious men walk barefooted and worship the very soil of the land even today and the title "Temple City" suits it (Kanchi) well. Manimegalai is the heroine of the Tamil Sangam literature. She is the very embodiment of all good qualities. By virtue of great devotion to Lord Buddha, she was offered a celestial vessel (a divine vessel which always contains food). It is mentioned in one of the chapters of the sacred text (Manimegalai) that as she was emptying the contents of the vessel in her endeavor to offer food to the people, to her great astonishment she found the vessel was getting filled again with food. This practice of offering food by her (from the celestial vessel) for ages and finally she attained salvation.

Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) is land where religious austerities are sincerely observed with great religious fervor. By virtue of the sixteen divine wonders (which it possesses) it exhibits only to great personages, Kanchi can be rightly called, 'A land of wonders and miracles'.

This holy history found from the Holy text named 'Kanchipuranam'written by "sre maadava sivagnaana munivar".

1. The Three divine places

  1. The place (first) reveals where the fathers (a person as possessed) of his passed births could be found.
  2. The place (second) reveals where the mothers (a person as possessed) of his passed births could be found.
  3. The place (third) reveals where the relatives (a person as possessed) of his passed births could be found.

2. The Three Divine Raised Platforms
  1. The first platform offers food and drink to those who come on it.
  2. The second platform offers the things they want.
  3. The third platform makes a dumb person speaks and at the same time it makes a person who speaks
3. The Three Divine Fields
  1. In the first field, as crops are harvested new crops grow and fill the entire field.
  2. The second field is so very fertile that seeds start developing into plants, on the very day that they are sown.
  3. In the third field, corps grows and thrives well even though the land is not ploughed.
4. The Four Divine Thrones
  1. The first throne reveals the various forms in which Lord Brahma manifests Himself.
  2. The second throne reveals the various forms by which Lord Siva manifests Himself.
  3. The third throne reveals the various forms in which Lord Vishnu manifests Himself.
  4. 4. The fourth throne reveals the various forms by which the Sun God manifests Himself.
5. The Five Divine Trees
  1. The first tree is the mango tree from which Amrith (food of the celestials) drops profusely.
  2. The second tree is the Kanchi tree which does not offer its shade to others.
  3. The third tree is the Tamarind trees which produces and offers fruits without carrying out the process of pollination.
  4. The fourth tree is the South-Indian Mahua tree (the long leaved Bessie) which offers different kinds of flowers.
  5. The fifth tree is the fig tree which offers flowers that glitter like gold.
6. The Five Divine Ponds (sources of water)
  1. In the first pond, lotuses blooms at night and the water lilies bloom at the day-time.
  2. In the second pond every lotus plant bears 3 flowers in its stem.
  3. In the third pond transforms those who have a dip in it, into monkeys.
  4. In the fourth pond harms the enemies of those who have a dip in it.
  5. In the fifth pond does good (deeds) to the relatives of those who have a dip in it.
7. The Six Divine Birds

The six birds are:

  1. The first bird is the Peacock, which cries to make the rain clouds gather during a period of drought.
  2. The second bird is the Parrot, which is well versed in the sacred text namely-the Vedas (the source book of Hindu Religion).
  3. The third bird is the Owl, which gives explanations on the divine secrets regarding the study of Astrology.
  4. The fourth bird is the Pigeon, which possesses a sound knowledge of every thing.
  5. The fifth bird is the Mynah which possesses profound knowledge of music.
  6. The sixth bird is called by the divine name Sakkara Vaga Paravai (in Tamil) which offers everything that one wishes for.
8. The Seven Divine Common Places
  1. The first place-is the place where one could hear the celestials speaks.
  2. The second place-is the place where the rabbit chasses the elephant.
  3. The third place-is the place where the worlds of snakes (cobras) appear.
  4. The fourth place-is the place where one gets confused of directions.
  5. The fifth place-is the place where the lamp burns without any presence of oil in it.
  6. The sixth place-is the place where one could hear the voices of the people dwelling in the underworld.
  7. The seventh place-is the place where the leaf of the celestial drums could be heard.
9. The Eight Divine Ponds
  1. The First pond, transforms the figures of those who have a dip in it, into a golden one.
  2. The Second pond, has its miraculous effect on the complexion of a living-being who has a holy dip in it so much so, that he comes to possess a complexion which gives a heavenly radiance like that of the carbuncle.
  3. The third pond offers a life of complete (eternal) bless and comfort as the life of Indra in heaven, to those who have a holy dip in it.
  4. The fourth pond offers complete satisfaction and happiness to the souls of those who have a holy dip in it.
  5. The fifth pond offers them (those who have a holy dip in it) the things they need.
  6. The sixth pond blesses them with wisdom.
  7. The seventh pond cures the diseases of those who have a holy dip in it.
  8. The eighth pond offers salvation to those who have a holy dip in it.
10. The Nine Divine Rocks

The Nine Rocks are:

  1. Those who touch the first rock, get transformed men into celestials.
  2. The second rock removes snake-poison.
  3. The third rock grants all the great mystic powers.
  4. The fourth rock brings a dead being (creature), back to life.
  5. The fifth rock occupies the seat of justice and settles disputes.
  6. The sixth rock cures leprosy.
  7. The seventh rock fixes the broken and disjoined parts of the body in their proper places.
  8. The eighth rock removes the disastrous effects of sins.
  9. The ninth rock offers wisdom
11. The Nine Divine Gardens
  1. In the first garden, the noble metal namely-gold drops of rain fall.
  2. In the second garden, silver drops of rain fall.
  3. In the third garden, pearl drops of rain fall.
  4. In the fourth garden, jacinth (a kind of ruby) drop as rain fall.
  5. In the fifth garden, rain drops sparkling like diamonds fall.
  6. In the sixth garden, lap lazuli drops of rain fall.
  7. In the seventh garden, topaz drops as rain.
  8. In the eighth garden, emeralds drop as rain.
  9. In the ninth garden, sapphires drop as rain.
12. The Ten Divine Assemblies.
  1. The first Assembly makes the criminal who sets his foot on it, speechless.
  2. The second Assembly makes thieves lose consciousness temporarily.
  3. The third Assembly blesses one with a keen intellect.
  4. The fourth Assembly enables one to present himself in numerous forms.
  5. The fifth Assembly blesses one with everlasting life.
  6. The sixth Assembly shows the passage that leads to the underworld.
  7. The seventh Assembly makes even persons possessing profound knowledge, get confused of directions.
  8. The eighth Assembly by the virtue of its greatness, make gold and Ruby drop as rain.
  9. The ninth Assembly by its power of magic, makes day appear as night and night appear as day.
  10. The tenth Assembly makes a person who sets his foot in it, invisible to others.
13. The Eleven Divine Wells
  1. The first well contains milk in it.
  2. The second well contains curd in it.
  3. The third well contains ghee in it.
  4. The fourth well contains honey in it.
  5. The fifth well contains sugarcane juice in it.
  6. The sixth well leads or shows the path to salvation.
  7. The seventh well shows heaven.
  8. The eighth well exhibits all the fourteen worlds present in the vast universe.
  9. The ninth well reveals the different kinds of seeds.
  10. The tenth well reveals through images the different living forms; a person has taken in his different births.
  11. The eleventh well reveals through images, a picture of the bad deeds done by him in his past births.
14. A Magic oil press

If gingili seeds are dropped in, through one part of the press oil (gingili oil) will rises in the another part of it.

15. A Divine Rock

Based on the deeds (of a person) of the past, it gives reward or punishment to those who sit on it.

16. A Throne of Sound

It is celestial throne that echoes the melodies sound caused by the dance performance of Lord Bairawa (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) who guards Kanchi.

The first preceptor of the Universe-Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) who is held in high esteem due to the very fact that he was created even before the creation of this wonderful vast Universe (with all its creation) came into existence. A person wonders as to why the supreme preceptor chose Kanchi has his abode to impart several spiritual teachings and give advice to his disciples who have descended from him. He answer to this question is of course simple. Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) knows the truth that a good deed, divine service or charity done at Kanchi is equal to ever so many good deeds done at other places. The fact that, even the celestials stayed at Kanchi, worshipped God received boons and attained salvation speaks volumes of greatness of Kanchi.

Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) - Ancient History of Temples

The Supreme Preceptor of the Universe Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) With His Consort Sre Baguladevi

The supreme preceptor of this Universe, in his divine treatises-'Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) Shethramirtham' (it in on palm leaves) which he has graciously offered to his disciple-'Arulguru Gorakkar' as firmly stated that in his advice to his disciple (Sre Gorakkar) that there are four thousands temples devoted to each of the four Gods namely-Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu and Indra at Kanchi which accounts for a total of sixteen thousand temples. The holy text further says that in some temples, a spiritual presence of the God could be felt and worship with out any manifestation in the form of idols or statues. The names of the temples devoted to each of the Thirimoorthis (Lords Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu) on earth end with three different sacred names. In some temples idol worship is carried on i.e. people worship the holy figures of Gods or great personages.

In the temple where only the spiritual presence of God could be felt, (no idols for worship) the presiding Gods in such temples could be worship only by celestials, Siddhas (class of celestials who have acquired the eight great mystic powers) Sages and wise men. The holy text says the name temples devoted to Lord Brahma end with the sacred word 'Natham'; Vishnu temples with the word 'Rajam' and Shiva temple with the word 'Varam'. Since Lord Brahma functions with 'Ohm' (Natham) as a basic sound, a sacred word 'Nathan' is added to his name Brahma-the creator of the world. Since Lord Vishnu rules the world with truth and grace, he held in high esteem as a king of the world. Thus its stands to reason, that the holy word 'Rajam' is added to his name. Lord Vishnu is set to be the protector of the Universe. For instance, the holy term-'Sathiyanathar' refers to Lord Brahma who upholds the principles of truth and justice; the term-'Devarajar' refers to Lord Vishnu who stands as the ruler of all the celestials; the term- 'Bhuvaneshwar' refers to Lord Shiva who graciously grants boons to all the fourteen worlds. Since Lord Shiva graciously grants boons who his devotees, the word 'Varam' is added to his holy name, 'Shiva-giver of boons'. Therefore it stands to reason that we get a better knowledge of the powers of the Gods, with the help of their holy names.

Since its ages that worship for Lord Brahma (Lord of creation) has been conducted, now a day's worship for Lord Shiva is conducted using the holy names apt for Lord Brahma. The figure of the egg is taken as the symbol to explain the philosophy of Lord Brahma. The figure of the sacred wheel-'Dharmachakra' is taken as the symbol to explain the philosophy of Lord Vishnu. Now-a-days, a unique figure which is a combination of the figures of the male and female reproductive organs is found in Shiva temples. But on the other hand which is impossible to see the figure of an egg which represents the philosophy of Lord Brahma temples. Like wise it is impossible to see the figure of the sacred wheel (Dharmachakra) which represents the philosophy of Lord Vishnu. Such norms where observed in ancient times whenever worship was conducted. In due course, such norms are being observed but not in the prescribed manner. If people worship Gods observing the prescribed norms for the respective Gods as stated by the divine preceptor Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi), people can reap the best benefits out of worship. Now let us have a look at the history of the temple-where forms (figures) of Gods are worshiped. Such temples are found in an around the temple town of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . So it is easy for the masses to worship the Gods here and get the grace of God.

1. Agaththiyechcharam
(Thiruvegambam-Ekambaranathar temple)

The presiding God in the temple is Agaththeeswarar. This idol of Lord Shiva (a formless symbol of Lord Shiva) known by the holy name, Agathiyesaram is found on the platform of the court surrounding the shrine (in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple) of the presiding God (Sre Ekambaranathar) in the Ekambaranathar Temple.

The idol occupies a prime position on the platform. The original, holy figures of the sixty three saints who regard Lord Siva as the Supreme Being (mentioned in the work Periyapuranam) are found just after this idol. In pre-historic times, there lived a sage named Agasthiya. To his great astonishment, the Sage (Agasthiya) found that the Vindhya Mountains were growing higher and higher day after day. Since the Vindhyas possessed the divine power-which enabled them to rise higher each day, they (the vinddhyas) became very proud and their pride too grew by leaps and bounds. Sage Agasthiya, who feared that the Vindhyas would soon touch the Heavens and at the same time wanted to put an end to the great pride of the Vindhiyas, used his spiritual power to decrease the height of the Vindhiyas. The sage then went to the sacred land of kanchi sang hymns in praise of Lord Ekambaranathar (in Sre Ekambaranathar Temple). To the south of the shrine, (mentioned above) he established an idol of Lord Shiva in his name.(in the name of sage Agasthiya) Finally he went to the Podhigai mountain- his divine abode and spread Tamil Literature.

2. Agaththeeswarar Temple
(Upanishad Mutt)

The presiding God in the temple is Agaththeeswarar. This temple is located on the path that leads to the Kailasanathar Temple through Putheri Street (S.V.N Pillai Street) at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . There is a Upanishad Mutt on the right side of the path (at the beginning of the path) that leads to the Kailasanathar Temple. If we get into the Mutt, the people present in the Mutt will take us to this temple.

At the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, the holy figures of Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga with Valli and Theivanai attract the attention of the devotees. In the court surrounding the inner shrine of the temple (In the same court) as devotees make their way through the court-behind the sanctum sanctorum is an idol of Lord Shiva which was worshipped by Lord Hayagriva. (A form of Lord Vishnu having a horse’s neck) This idol occupies a unique place (in a separate holy place for worship) away from the rest of the holy figures.

The temple is situated on a wide-open space close to the Mutt, on its right. The idol of Lord Shiva placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a broad, circular base and it tapers like a huge arrow towards the top. (Upper portion) This idol was worshipped by Sage Agasthiya. Opposite to the place of worship devoted to the idol, is the figure of the holy Bull and an alter where all evil thoughts of pilgrims or devotees are destroyed in order to purify them. The very fact that the idol by the name Agatheesaram is known as Agatheeswarar temple bears testimony to the greatness of the idol.

3.Angeerasam

The presiding God in the temple is Angireeswarar.The Santhaleeswarar Temple is situated further down the path that passes through the Pachaiayappa’s woman’s College at Little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Close to the temple in an open space is an enclosure (Which looks like a small shed where the idol of Lord Shiva could be found.

Lord Brahma, during the course of his divine advice to the seven sages (Aththiri, Kuchchar, Vasishtar, Brigu, Kasipar, Gauthama and Angira) laid emphasis on the greatness of Kanchi, by saying that a good deed (in the form of charities or worship) done at Kanchi is equal to ever so many good deeds done at other places. In accordance with Brahma’s holy advice the seven Sages went to Kanchi, had a holy dip in the waters of Sivagangai,( at Thiruvegambam-ekambaranathar temple) established separate idols of Lord Shiva in their respective holy names near Sarndhasayam, (Vyasa santhaleeswarar Temple)worshipped them and attained salvation. These idols of Lord Shiva established by the sages are known as Sabthasthanangal. The idol worshipped by Sage Angira is known as Angirasam.

4. Aththireesam and Kuchchesam
(sabthasthaanasthalangal)


The main Sanctum of Aththireesam and Kuchchesam Temple





The presiding Gods in the temple is Aththireeswarar and kuchcheeswarar.Within the campus of the Sre pachchayappa’s women’s arts College at little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , adjoining the road, there is a newly constructed temple. In the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple there are two small idols of Lord Shiva placed side by side - one having a base and the other (a very small one) shaped like an arrow. These idols of Lord Shiva were worshipped by sages Athiri and Kuchcha.

5. Abirameswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Abirameswarar.The temple is located quite near the Sangupani Vinayakar Temple at big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The presiding God in the temple is lord Abirameswarar. God Ganapathy and God Muruga seated on his sacred peacock with his consorts Valli and Theivanai (Muruga’s consorts) appear as divine powers who guard the entrance.

Ages ago, Lord Vishnu established an idol of Lord Abirameswarar worshipped it, left Kanchi to meet Emperor Mahabali who ruled his land abiding by the law of righteousness. When Lord Vishnu (in the form of a small Brahmin boy) came into the presence of the Emperor and asked him to offer 3 feet of land, the Emperor readily agreed to the Lord’s proposal. In no time, Lord Vishnu transformed his figure into a gigantic one (much to the astonishment of the Emperor) and began to measure 3 feet of land with his huge Holy feet. With one foot, he measured the whole earth and with his other foot, he measured Heaven. Lord Vishnu then went up to Emperor Mahabali (who was standing spell-bound, watching Lord Vishnu in the act of measuring) and asked him for the third foot of bare ground. Emperor Mahabali who was the very embodiment of Truth was at his wit’s end and could not go back on his word. The emperor then bowed to the Lord and offered Him his head, for the last foot of Land. Lord Vishnu then laid his holy foot on his head and thus put an end to the emperor’s power on Earth.

Lord Vishnu then returned to the Holy land of Kanchi, bowed and worshipped Lord Abirameswarar as a mark of his deep reverence and piety to God (Lord Shiva) and displayed to the Lord, the form he took (the gigantic form) while measuring the land with his holy feet, worshipped the Lord and then left the place.

6. Amareswarar Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Amareswarar. The temple is situated in West Raja Street (Big Kanchipuram). The temple is situated on a site (further down the left of the lane) which lies just opposite to the Kollachatram Street. In the court surrounding the shrine are places of worship devoted to Gods Vinayaka, Muruga and the nine holy planets.

The external view of Amareswarar Temple

Ages ago, the celestials and the demons who wanted to get Amruth (the food of the celestials) churned the milky sea. Finally the celestials succeeded in getting Amruth, while on the other hand the demons failed in their endeavor to get Amruth. Each celestial attributed the entire cause of the victory of the celestials over the demons to his strength. Lord Shiva, who decided to put an end to their over whelming pride, appeared in the Divine Assembly in the form of a demon, fixed a splinter firmly on the ground and said that the celestial who proves his might by breaking the splinter would be hailed as the genuine hero whose courage and strength helped the celestials to overcome the demons. All the celestials beginning from the Mummurthis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) tried to break the splinter with all the strength that they could muster, but all their efforts to break the splinter proved futile. All the celestials became weary and disappointed at having failed in the appointed task. At that moment, Goddess

Umadevi (Goddess Parvathi) appeared before them and told them that the demon who appeared before them and spoke to them was none other than the great God Shiva Himself. She then advised the celestials not to be proud and haughty, but on the other hand asked them to be humble and worship Lord Shiva with great devotion. The celestials acted according to the sincere advice given by Goddess Parvathi. They (celestials) went to Kanchi, worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple and attained salvation. Therefore this temple is held in high esteem, since all the celestials came here to worship Lord Shiva. On the wall behind the sanctum- sanctorum of the temple, the devotees come face to face with the holy figure of Lord Shiva (as Somasudarar).

7. Arisaabhabayantheertha Yeeswarar Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Arisaababayantheertha Yeeswarar.The temple stands on a site that lies between Rama’s Hotel and Shanmugam Studio in Nellukara Street. The main tower gate of the temple stands by the side of road. We have to go a little interior from the road to reach the temple. There is a business establishment named Paulson Bamboo Shop in the campus of the temple. Opposite to the idol is the figure of the Holy Bull and the sacred altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed. Once upon a time, when the milky sea was churned- on the one hand by the celestials and on the other hand by the demons, Lord Vishnu extended his support to the celestials and helped them to get Amruth. (The food of the celestials). The demons failed in their attempt to get Amruth from the sea. Then Lord Vishnu started destroying the demons.

The external view of Arisaabhabayantheertha Yeeswarar Temple

The other demons who witnessed the scene, fled away. The demons went to Sage Brigu’s house, sought the help of Kyathi (the mother of Goddess Lakshmi and the wife of Sage Brigu) and took refuge in Sage’s dwelling. When news about the whereabouts of the demons, reached Lord Vishnu’s ears, his anger knew no bounds. He rushed to Sage Brigu’s dwelling and without even considering Kyathi as his own mother-in-law, in a fit of anger beheaded kyathi. Sage Brigu who witnessed the scene was filled with horror and cursed Lord Vishnu saying that he would take ten births and go through ordeals in all his ten births. Sage Brigu sought the help of the Preceptor of the demons named Sukra.(Lord Venus) Lord Venus readily helped Sage Brigu by restoring life to Kiyathi. Lord Vishnu was filled with grief and pondered over the impact the curse would have on him. He also regretted for his evil dead. Lord Vishnu, then came to Kanchi worshipped God and asked God as to what he should do as atonement for his evil deed. God, who was much pleased with his devotion towards him, blessed him and said that he should extend his help to all the creatures of His creation, in all his ten births.

Thoughts of fear regarding the disastrous effects of the curse, left Lord Vishnu and great relief came over him. The mercy shown by God on Lord Vishnu filled him with immense pleasure. Thus the God in the temple is known for his mercy. He removes the effects of curse on his devotees and brings relief to them.

8. Arasukaaththa Amman Temple


The main external view of Arasukaaththa Amman Temple

The presiding deity in the temple is Arasukaaththamman.The temple is situated on a site, (in Ekambaranathar Sannadhi Street) adjoining the Salai Street. The temple is popularly known by people as Arasathamman Temple. When goddess Kamakshi came to Kanchi to worship her Lord and Master-Lord Shiva, She posted deities (as guards) in every direction to ensure safety to the sacred land of Kanchi and then executed her duty of worshipping Lord Shiva. The most distinguished among the deities (posted as guards) is Sampath Gowri who is now known as Arasathamman. She offers her sincere help to Goddess Kamakshi by guarding the sacred land of Kanchi and that ensures protection to Goddess Kamakshi’s divine rule over Kanchi.

In olden days, every time when great temple-festivals began, (in Ekambaranathar Temple) abiding by the tradition of those days, people first stepped into this temple and worshipped the deity here (in this temple).

9. Ananthapadmanabesam

The presiding God in the temple is Ananthapathmanathar.The temple is situated on a site in Lingappaiyer Street (Big Kanchipuram) behind a house (with the door no 8).Devotees can reach the temple by making their way through the house or through the Dining Room of the Sankara Mutt.

Once upon a time-age ago (according to the history of this sacred place) Lord Shiva and his consort engaged themselves in playing a game. Lord Vishnu who was then present there was appointed as judge. (for the game) Goddess Parvathi won the game. Before the judge (Lord Vishnu) could pass his judgment-as to who won the game, Lord Shiva firmly said that it was He (Lord Shiva) who had won the game. Finding himself in a critical position, Lord Vishnu swerved from the path of justice: contrary to the position (office) he was holding at that time, declared that Lord Shiva had won the game. Goddess Parvathi became furious. She cursed Lord Vishnu saying that he would turn into a snake. Lord Vishnu trembled with fear when he was thus cursed by Goddess Parvathi. He deeply regretted for not being fair in his judgment and begged her pardon for doing so. Goddess Parvathi who is merciful asked Lord Vishnu to go to Kanchi, establish an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Anantha Padmanabam and worship him with great devotion in order to relieve him from the curse. In accordance with the holy advice given by Goddess Parvathi, Lord Vishnu came to Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Anantha Padmanabham, Worshipped Lord Shiva and got him self relieved from the curse.

10. Kachchi AnekaThangavatham

The external view of Kachchi Anekathangavatham Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Anekathangavatheswarar.The temple is situated to the left of the path that leads to the kailasanathar temple in a serene environment (near a field) adjoining the S.S.K.V School. It is a separate temple devoted to Lord Shiva. There is another sacred place known as anekathangapadam on the slopes of the Himalayas. In order to distinguish them (the 2 holy places of pilgrimage namely - the one on the slopes of the Himalayas and this temple at Kanchi) the temple (at Kanchi) came to be known as KachiAnekathangavatham. Historical records say that once upon a time, (long, long ago) Lord Vinayaka established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of ‘Anekabeswarar ‘worshipped Lord Shiva, then set out to Eranyapuram (a town) destroyed the demons, (beginning from Kasi-a demon) separated their power called Vallabai from their embryos and got wedded to vallabai.(All the holy powers in the embryos united as one supreme power) Today, the God in the temple is known by the holy name- Anekathangavatheeswarar. Saint Sundarar (a devotee of Lord Shiva) has sung devotional songs in praise of the holy place and the presiding God in the temple. The temple is one of the five holy places in Kanchi on which the saints have sung devotional songs.

11. Ashtabuja Perumal Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Ashtabujaperumal and the consort of the presiding God is Pushpagavalli. There is a street very close to the Rangasamy Kulam tank in which there is a temple called Thirukachivinayakar temple. If we follow the path adjoining the temple (Thiru Kachinayakar Temple) we can reach the Ashtabuja Perumal Temple. There is a street wery close to the Rangasamy Kulam tank where there is a temple called Thirukachivinayakar temple. If we follow the path adjoining the temple (Thiru Kachivinayakar Temple) we can reach the Ashtabuja Perumal Temple. There is and important place of worship devoted to God Puvaragha Perumal. Attapuyakaram is a very sacred place situated in Kanchipuram (Little Kanchipuram).long, long ago Lord Vishnu saved Lord Brahma’s sacrifice from getting destroyed. This temple is a very holy place where Lord Vishnu appeared before Lord Brahma with his eight divine hands. So the Lord (Vishnu) was called AttapuyaKarathu Ammaan. On the eight divine hands to the right of his body he holds a wheel, a sword, a lotus and an arrow.

The main tower of Ashtabuja Perumal Temple

On the divine hands pointing to the left of his body, he holds a conch, a bow, a shield and a battle club. (a cudgel) It is of course a marvelous sight for the devotees to see the presiding God appear before them with his eight divine hands which show that the God bestows his choicest blessings on those who pray to him with great devotion. It is one among the most holy places in India. The gates of Heaven could be seen in this temple. The consort of the presiding God in the temple is called Pushpakavalli. According to tradition, devotees of Lord Vishnu firstly worship Goddess Pushpakavalli and then worship Lord Vishnu.

12. Aadhipadesam


The external view Aadhipadesam Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Aadhipadeswarar.This temple is situated in Aladi Pillayar koil street-very close to Keeraimandabam, beside the house with the door no 28 (old no 73-B). Just opposite to the house, the Desigar temple street separates. The temple by the name Aadhipadesam has a small main entrance.Opposite to the idol stands the figure of the bull and an altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed.

Once we make our way through the entrance into the temple, we can go around the court of the temple, There is a big idol of Lord Shiva with a big base. Once upon a time, Goddess Saraswathi who wanted to destroy the holy sacrifice made by Brahma was making her way into Kanchi in the form of a river. Lord Vishnu, at the command of Lord Shiva, rushes to prevent it (river) from proceeding to Kanchi at midnight.

Lord Vishnu, in order to keep vigilance on the path or course of the river stood as a brilliant lamp, established an idol in the name of Adhipadesam, received boons from Lord Shiva (as a result of his great devotion to the appointed task allotted by Lord Shiva) prevented river saraswathi from entering Kanchi and thus Brahma’s sacrifice was saved from getting destroyed. That’s how Lord Vishnu got the name Vilakoli Perumal and stayed in the presence of Adhipadesar (Lord Shiva).

13. Anantha Ruthresam

The presiding God in the temple is Anantharuthreswarar.The temple is situated in Chairman Swaminatha Mudaliar Street, (at Pillayar Palayam) Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) .The temple is beside a nutritious meal centre. The temple is situated on a site, a little interior from the road. In the court of the temple, there are separate places of worship devoted to God Vinayaka and God Muruga with his consorts Valli and Theivanai. Opposite to the idol of Lord Muruga (in a separate place of worship) is an idol of VeeravahuDevar with his hands joined together. (praying to God) After this idol, there are separate places of worship for Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) Lord Saturn and the sun god. The holy figures of Gods Dakshnamoorthi, Brahma and Goddess Durga are found in the court of the temple. The idol in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple looks very graceful.

14. Hiranyesam
The Main Sanctum of Hiranyesam Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Hiranyeswarar.It is a sacred place found in the western bank of the Sarvatheertham tank. This idol of Lord Shiva in this temple was worshipped by the demon Hiranyan. This idol is quite big and the presence of sixteen holy stripes on it makes it look all the more graceful. Hiranyan’s family preceptor-Lord Venus advised him that the only way to reap the best benefits and get the choicest blessings is to worship Lord Shiva. According to his teacher’s advice, he went to Kanchi along with his brother Hiranyatchan, his son Ananthasuran and his (Hiranyan’s) own son Prahalad. Each one of them established idols of lord Shiva in their respective names and worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, who was much pleased by Hiranyan’s devotion to him, granted him away a very powerful boon which assured him protection of life (his life) against any harm to his life on earth, in the sky, by weapons, animals, creatures or by any other power in any place-in a dry place or in a wet place. (Day or night) In short, he was blessed with everlasting life. No power in the three worlds could do anything to destroy him. Moreover, he was able to gain mastery over the three worlds.

15. Ramanathesam

The presiding God in the temple is Ramanathar. The temple stands on a site where the Salai Street (of Big Kanchipuram) takes a diversion and then leads the path to the Ekambaranathar temple. Devotees can gain entry into the temple by making their way through the path adjoining the choultry. The idol of Lord Ganapathi at the entrance to the temple, presents Lord Ganapathi with his consort Vallabai seated on his divine lap and holding in his divine hands a pomegranate, a club, a sugarcane, a bow, a conch shell a wheel, a cord, a blue water-lily, ear of grain and a holy pot made of precious stones. His divine body was adorned with the serpent and a crown adorned his divine head. Thus, the figure of Lord Ganapathy attracts the attention of the devotees who enter the temple.

The Main Tower of Ramanathesam Temple

The shrine in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple is the idol of Lord Shiva. The Divine Assembly (a structure made of wood) is kept in a separate holy place. History says that Rama who killed Ravana, in his endeavour to redeem his consort seetha regretted for his evil deed and worshipped the sacred place Rameswaram. He than came to Kanchi, established an idol of Ramanathar and worshipped it.

16. Yiravaadaanam
The Inner View of Yiravaadaanam Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Yiravaadeeswarar.The temple is situated in Kamalavar Street (Big Kanchipuram), just opposite to the path that leads to Piravathanam.According to the advice of Lord Brahma; some of the sages reached Kanchi, established idols of Lord Shiva and received the boons which ensured them everlasting life. It is believed that Sage Markandeya and the grandson of Sage Salangayana (named Swethan) came here, worshipped the God in this temple and escaped from the icy fangs of death. Those who worship this God would be blessed with long and happy life. The temple is popularly known by people as Iravatheeswarar temple.

17. Yishtasiththeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Yishtasiththeeswarar. As soon as devotees gain entry into the Kachabeswarar temple, there is a separate place of worship to the right, on the bank of the temple tank. In front of this holy place, there are numerous idols of serpents. Once upon time, Sage Daseetha and king Ruban were intimate friends. In order to prove their might, us to who was the greatest, they fought against each other. In the fight, the king killed Sage Dhaseetha. As he was about to die, Sage Dhaseetha raised his mind and heart to Lord Venus. Lord Venus awakened the Dead Sage, asked him to go to Kanchi, have a holy dip in the holy water of the Ishta Sitheesam and worship Lord Shiva. Lord Venus then laid emphasis on the greatness and sanctity of the holy waters of Ishtasitheesa Theertham. Those who bathe in this holy water on Sunday’s will be bestowed with all kinds of wealth and happiness. The holy water has the power of curing diseases and getting rid of troubles caused by evil spirits. Gods and celestials had a holy dip in the water of this temple tank and were blessed with countless number of gifts. (Wealth and prosperity) To the north of the temple there is a holy water called Tharumatheertham; Arthatheertham to the East; Muthitheertham to the west and Kamatheetham to the South. The four holy waters mentioned above are mingled in the water of Ishtasitheesam Tank. Fortune smiles on the devotees who bathe in the holy water during the Tamil month Karthikai. (When the sun falls on Scorpio) Sage Dadeesa came here, had a holy dip in the water of the temple tank, worshipped God acquired a body composed of diamonds, kicked king Ruban and finally killed him.

18. Urugum Ullaperumal

The presiding God in the temple is Urugum Ullaperumal. This is a small separate temple found in the inner court of Kumarakottam temple. During a Karpa period when worlds were being destroyed there was great flood. Sage Markandeya who came floating in the flood waters looked up at Lord Vishnu and said that he felt very tired as he had finished swimming through vast stretches of water. He also added that the world was enveloped in darkness. He asked Lord Vishnu where the sun and the moon were. The Lord replied that both the sun and moon were present in his stomach. He added that incase he doubted their presence (in the Lord’s stomach) he said that he could get into his stomach to see them. The Sage (Markandeyar) wittingly replied that he (Lord Vishnu) had once deceived Lord Brahma and Sages Naradha and Parupadha in the Divine Assembly. He also deceived Emperor Mahabali. At length, the Sage said to Lord Vishnu, “You are a deceitful person. You deceive your devotees. I am afraid of you!” After saying these words the Sage continued to swim in the water.

While swimming, Sage Markandeya saw many branches of Mango tree on the surface of water. The Sage held on to these branches, drifted in the water and finally reached the holy land of Kanchi. He was filled with wonder when he saw the Ekambaranathar temple and the holy land of Kanchi remain safe and free from the ruins of the flood waters. The grace of the God and his greatness which had kept Kanchi safe from the disastrous flood, made him ponder over the greatness of the holy land of Kanchi.

Lord Vishnu, who followed Sage Markandeya reached Kanchi, expressed his helpless condition when he was unconscious and did not know what was happening. He also added that he worshipped the presiding deity in that place and regained consciousness. Then Lord Vishnu bathed in the holy waters of Ulakaani and worshipped Deva Senaptheeswarar. God then appeared before Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was overjoyed when God appeared before him. He humbly requested god to bless him with unfailing devotion to him; giving him a heart that never thanks of deceit and asked God to offer him a seat by the side of DevaSenapatheewarar in the temple. God granted all that Lord Vishnu wished for and conferred on him the holy title ‘Urugum Ullathan ‘. From that day onwards he (Lord Vishnu) was called by the holy title - Urugum Ullathan. The idol of Lord Shiva worshipped by the Sage is found in the inner court of the temple.

19. Ulagalantha Perumal Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Ulagalanthaperumal and the consort of the presiding God is Aaranavalliththaayaar. The Ulagalanda Perumal Temple is held in high esteem as a very sacred place for worship. The temple is situated on a site in the street, opposite to the Neo Sre Rama’s Cafe (near the Kanchi Bus Terminus) on the path that leads to Kamakshi temple. The presiding God in the temple is Thiruvikrama Perumal and the consort of the presiding God is called Aranavallithaayar. This divine place is called Uragam.

It is a temple which predicts Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as ‘Vaaman’-a holy Brahmin boy. Long, long ago, Lord Vishnu (in his incarnation as Vaman) came up to the Emperor Mahabali and asked him for 3 feet of land. The emperor immediately agreed to give him what he wanted. Then Lord Vishnu, took the form of a gigantic Brahman, measured the Earth with one foot and the Heaven with his other foot. When Lord Vishnu asked Emperor Mahabali for the third foot of land, the emperor was forced to offer he said to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu then placed enormous foot on the emperor’s head and killed him. Thus Lord Vishnu extended his supremacy over the world and from then on showers his countless number of blessings on his devotees. In the temple, we find Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Vamana. The figure (of Lord Vishnu) presents him as a gigantic personage. This gigantic figure he assumed while measuring three feet of land, attracts the attention of the devotees. This figure which presents Lord Vishnu in the act of measuring the worlds with his foot is of course a breath-taking sight. The head of the Emperor lies under Lord Vishnu’s foot.

The Internal Tower of Sre Ulagalantha Perumal Temple

Neeragathu Perumal

The God who appeared before Sage Akrura was known as Lord Jagadeeswarar and the presiding Goddess was called Nilamangai.

Karagathu Perumal

The God who appeared before Sage Nikethana is known as Karunakarar and his consort is called Padmamani.

Kaarvana Perumal

There is a temple devoted to Navaneethasekaran. His consort is known as Kamalavalli. There is a temple tank named Vamana Pushkarani in front of the temple. There is a holy place devoted to Lord Anjaneyar at the end of the street opposite to the temple mentioned above.

20. Utrukketta Muththeesar Temple
The Main Tower of Utrukketta Muththeesar Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Utrukketta Muththeesar. This temple is situated in Thirumetrali Street at PillaiyarPalayam in Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple stands on a site to the left of the street (Thirumetrali Street). Long, long ago when saint Thirugnanasambandhar was singing devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva, (Lord Thirumetraleeswar) Lord Shiva who wanted to hear out the song distinctly, came a little forward from the place he occupied in the temple and enjoyed hearing the song being sung by saint Thirugnanasambandhar. People affectionately call the Lord (Shiva) in this temple as Uttruketta Mutheesar.

21. Yamadharmalingeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Yamadarmalingeswarar.This is a popular temple. This temple stands on the west bank of the Thayarkulam Tank-near Kayarohaneeswarar temple. Long, long ago the Lord of Death came here to worship the God in the temple. Since the God (Lord Yama) who brings death to the creatures of the world came to this sacred place. The place is held in high esteem. The God of Death established an idol of Lord Shiva here and worshipped God. Then God granted him the status of Divine Protector or guard for the south direction. The God commanded him (the Lord of Death) not to punish his devotees. The holy water of the temple tank is known as Thayarkulam Tank. Goddess Lakshmi came here and worshipped God. That’s how the tank came to be called Thayarkulam Tank. It is believed that people who execute their duties to the departed souls (libations of water to the departed souls) are sure to attain salvation.

22. Ekambaranathar Temple
(Thiruvegambam)

The Main Tower of Ekambaranathar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Ekambaranathar and the consort of the presiding God is Elavaarkulali.This is a very important temple in Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is a very big temple where Saints (devotees of Lord Shiva) came and sang devotional songs in praise of God. The holy words Ekam+Ambaram together make up the word Ekambaram- Ekam meaning one and Ambaram meaning mango tree. The Lord Ekambaranathar appears under the tender mango tree in the temple, spreads his grace and blesses his devotees. The temple stands as one (the land) among the five great natural elements. The presiding God in the temple is called Ekambaranathar and his consort is called elavarkulali. The main image of Vinayaka known by the holy name Vikatachakra Vinayakar is found in the hall of thousand pillars. The holy water in the temple tank is named Sivagangai Theertham. The mango tree found in this temple is a sacred one. When Goddess Ambigai worshipped God, he appeared to her under this sacred mango tree and blessed her.

Holy figures of Lord Shiva’s consort Elavarkulali and their son Lord Muruga are seen here. The divine Assembly looks very attractive on the inner walls of the temple court are the holy figures of the devotees of Lord Shiva. The idol of Lord Shiva in this temple is made of mud. This idol was established by Goddess Elavarkulali and worshiped by her. The idol is covered by a framework of civet. Only the base of the idol is bathed in the holy water. There is a holy figure of Somaskandar, on the wall behind the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple. In the outer court of the temple are the hall of thousand pillars and the holy water of river Kamba. Special worship is conducted in the Tamil month of Panguni when the sun falls on Pisces.

23. Ayravatham



The presiding God in the temple is Ayravatheeswarar. It is a temple found in Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is situated at the beginning of the West Raja Street just opposite to the Kachabeswarar Temple. The temple was worshipped by Lord Indra’s elephant. When the milky sea was churned by the celestials on one side and by the demons on the other side a divine white elephant appeared. This divine white elephant worshipped the God in this temple and received a boon which empowered the elephant to carry the great celestial Indra on his back.

The Main Sanctum of Ayravatham Temple

24. Onaganthanthali, Salantharesam
The Main Tower of Oneeswarar Temple


The presiding Gods in these temples are Oneeswarar, Gaantheeswarar and Salandareeswarar.The temple is situated on a site in a corner of the road that leads to Arakkonam-just opposite to the sub-station of the Electricity Board. It is one of the five sacred places where saints who are the devotees of Lord Shiva have sung devotional songs in praise of him.onan and ganthan the leaders of the army maintained by vanasuran, (a demon) worshipped the God in this temple.a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva named sundarar has sung devotional songs on this sacred place.the idols of Lord Shiva established by oneswarar and gantheswarar are found at close quarters to each other,but kept in separate holy places.To the south of the temple (outside) there is an idol of Lord Shiva worshipped by Jalandaran known by the holy name Jalandaresam.

25. Kanganesam
(Baathaaleeswarar Temple)




The presiding God in the temple is Baathaaleeswarar.There is a complex named kanganeswarar temple complex in the Kammalar Street of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) .just opposite to this complex, lies the street where the temple is situated. Since the figure of is in a small pit, the temple gets its name-Bathaleeswarar temple. Goddess Parvathi (Ambigai) who came to Kanchi to worship Lord Shiva, bathed in the holy waters of a temple tank established an idol of Lord Shivam wore a gold string round her wrist, while reciting the holy magic words to protect her against all evil. Since Goddess Parvathi wore a holy gold string while reciting the holy magic words here, this holy place came to be called Kanganesam.

The External view of Kanganesam Temple

26. Gangavareswaram

The presiding God in the temple is Gangavareswarar.This temple is situated on the lower bank of the Sarvatheertham Tank. Varuna (the God of Clouds and Rain) and the Ganges (Holy River) received boons in this sacred place.

27. Kachchabeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Kachchabeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Sundaraambigai. The Kachabeswarar temple is situated in the southern corner of the west Raja Street at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Goddess Durga, God Ayyaranar, Sun Lord, Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) and Lord Vinyaka worshipped Lord Kachabeswarar and attained salvation.

Satyamoli Vinayakar

To the west of the idol of Lord Kachabeswar is the shrine of Lord Vinayaka (Satyamoli Vinayakar) worshipped by Lord Vishnu. People who worship this Lord would be able to overcome all troubles and sufferings in life and fulfill their wishes.

It is a temple which has a wide court around it. When the milky sea was churned, Lord Vishnu took the form of a tortoise supported the magic mountain and thus helped the celestials to churn the milky sea, to get Amruth (the food of the Gods). Lord Vishnu was overcome with pride, because he was of the opinion that it was through his efforts that the celestials succeeded in getting Amruth from the sea. Overwhelmed with pride, Lord Vishnu caused the waters to more. All the creatures trembled with fear. At this juncture, Lord Shiva destroyed the tortoise and

The Main Tower of Kachchbeswarar Temple

strung its shell on the sacred garland worn about his neck. Lord Vishnu, who regretted for his evil deeds, came to Kanchi and worshipped the idol of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, who was moved by the great devotion of Lord Vishnu towards him and by his sincere repentance, blessed him with overwhelming piety towards him .Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu redeemed the office of leadership for Vaikuntam. The word Kachabam means tortoise. Since Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva who destroyed the shell of the tortoise (the form taken by Lord Vishnu in order to support the magic mountain) Lord Shiva was called Kachabesar.

28. KachchineriKaaraikkaadu
(Thirukkalimedu)

The Main Tower of Sre Sathyanathar Temple, Thirukkalimedu

The presiding God in the temple is Sathyanaadeeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Brahmmaraambigai.The temple is situated in an area named Thirukalimedu-The path opposite to the Head Post Office at Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) leads to Thirukalimedu. In ancient times people used this path to gain access to Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Since the path is full of spiny plants, the sacred place came to be called by the name Kachinerikaraikadu. Satyavirathapuram is one among the twelve holy names of Kanchi. Inorder to recall to our memory this holy place (the temple) is named after the holy name. The presiding God in the temple is called Satyanatheswarar. The consort of the presiding god is known as Brahmmarambigai. The holy water of the temple tank is called Indra Theertham. The temple faces the west. The place has the good fortune of being worshipped by Lords mercury and Indra. There are five sacred places in Kanchi about which devotees of Lord Shiva have sung devotional songs. This holy place namely-Kachinerikadu stands as one among such holy places. Saint Thiru Gnanasambanthar has sung devotional songs on this temple. There is a shrine of SuyambuMurthi in the sanctum- sanctorum of the temple. It is believed that one

would be endowed with the best benefits if he has a holy dip in the waters of the temple tank and worships the God in this temple. Lord Mercury worshipped the God in this temple and rose to the position of a planet.

29. Kachchimayaanam.

The presiding God in the temple is Mayaaneeswarar.This temple is situated near the holy flag post at Thiruvegambam. (Ekambaranathar temple)Once upon a time a demon named Pandasuran got into the bodies of Lord Vishnu, Brahma and other celestials robbed them of their power and weakened them. Lord Shiva, who wanted to suppress the demon’s powers, rose up as a lamp of brilliant light, set up a pit for the sacred fire and filled it with ghee. With grass for philosophies, three virtues or qualities for the Vedas, both of them (Lord Shiva and his consort) performed a holy sacrifice. Lord Shiva dumped all the creatures ranging from Lord Brahma (the God of Creation) to the minutest of creatures into the pit.all the creatures were destroyed by the sacred fire. When the demon Pandasuran came and stood face to face with Lord Shiva, He (Lord Shiva) threw him into the holy fire. Then the holy fire rose up and took the form of an idol of Lord Shiva. It got its name “Mayanalingam “because the idol came out of the holy fire which had destroyed all the creatures.

The spiritual presence of the God and his consort empowers the idol so much so all those who worship the idol are endowed with all good fortune. This very pit filled with ghee later became the holy water of the temple tank named Sivagangai.

30. Kadakeswarar Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Kadageswarar.The temple is situated in Kammalar Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple lies in the middle of a shopping complex. Goddess Parvathi, who had worn a gold string around her wrist, established an idol of Lord Shiva, worshipped it and then wore a divine bracelet. Thus the temple gets its name from the bracelet (kadagam) worn by her.

31. Kanikandeesam





The presiding God in the temple is Kanikandeeswarar. This temple is siuated in the Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple Street. The street which lies next to the temple (Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple) has been named after this temple. There is a place of worship devoted to Padavettamman (Padaiveettamman). In the same court are places of worship for Gods Vinayaka, Subramanya and Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva). The idol of Lord Shiva is found in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple. Just opposite to the idol lies the figure of the holy bull. The temple has a wide court.

The Main Tower of Kanikandeeswarar Temple

32. Kannesam


The Main sanctum of Kannesam Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Kanneswarar. This is a very small temple situated in Sengaluneerodai (north Raja Street) Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) .Ages ago, the celestials and the demons churned the milky sea. The holy serpent Vasugi which was used as a rope to make the magic mountain churn the sea, she (the serpent) spit forth poison into the sea. This poison had an impact on Lord Vishnu and he lost his fair complexion. Lord Vishnu who was much upset reached Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva by the name Kannalingam and worshipped God with great devotion. Lord Shiva who was much pleased by his devotion appeared before Lord Vishnu, commanded him to go to Ekambaranathar temple.lord Shiva insisted him to take his seat by the side of the moon in his knotted hair (placed in a special holy place opposite to his place in the sanctum-sanctorum of the Ekambaranathar Temple).lord Vishnu acted in accordance with the holy command of Lord Shiva and thus relieved himself from the extreme heat caused by the spreading of poison all over his holy form. From then on Lord Vishnu came to be

known as Nila Thunda Perumal. He is held in high esteem because he cures the diseases of his devotees.

33. Kailasanathar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Kailasanathar. This temple is situated in Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . We can reach the temple by making our way through the Putheri Street (S.V.N Pillai Street). The Kailasanathar temple is found next to Kachiyanegathangavatham.It is a temple closely connected with the life history of saint Poosalaar (a devotee of Lord Shiva). This temple was built by the great king Raja Simha Pallava.

It is a treasure house of sculpture. The God in the temple was worshipped by Lord Vishnu and Sage Naradha. The idol of Lord Shiva looks graceful with the presence of stripes on it. The Thiripuraris were ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. The demons other than the thiripuraris were by nature very unruly, harassed the celestials to the greatest extent possible. Lord Vishnu, who wants to destroy the demons, came to understand that Lord Shiva was the only divine power who could destroy the demons. So Lord Vishnu set about his task of destroying their (demons) faith and devotion in Lord Shiva. Firstly Lord Vishnu created Aadhibuddhan as a form of his own self and sent him along with Sage Naradha to the demons. Both of them (Sage Naradha and Adhiputhan) succeeded in their endeavour to destroy the faith of all the demons.(including the thiripuraris) There were thiripuraris-Tharakatchan, Kamalatchan and Vidhyamali who once prayed to Lord Shiva with great devotion were graciously granted three worlds .the three worlds are iron world, silver world and bronze world.

The Inner View of Kailasanathar Temple

After destroying the demons, Sage Naradha and Aadhibuddhan reached Kanchi-the holy land. At Kanchi they felt as if the sins wanted to get away from them and did not want to burden them any more. So the place (within the city of kanchi) came to be known as Paruthimalai Kundram. A little distance away from Kanchi both Sage Naradha and Aadhibuddhan established an idol of Lord Shiva and worshipped God for many years. God then, appeared before them and said that they can atone for their sins only by undergoing suffering in their different births. There are two entrances to this sacred place. At length, God suggested to them that if they enter and exit through a small passage round the shrine in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple as many times as possible, they can attain salvation.

34. Karkeesam, Letchumeesam

The presiding Gods in the temple are Karkeeswarar and Latchumeeswarar. The temple is situated in an open field just opposite to the Kachapalayam marriage hall at Krishnan Street of PillaiyarPalayam. (Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) ) There are two temples (enclosures in the form of sheds) worshipped by Lord Vishnu and Goddess Mahalakshmi. Only is an idol of Lord Shiva is found here. Towards the close of an a eon, when destruction of worlds takes place Vishnu takes, the form of horse comes to Kanchi, establishes an idol of Lord Shiva and worships him. Lord Shiva, in turn graciously grants boons to Lord Vishnu. Those who worship the God in this temple attain salvation.

35. Kalvar Perumal

The presiding God in the temple is Kalvarperumal. It is a divine land called Kalvanur. As soon as we gain entry into the sanctum - sanctorum of the temple, in the inner walls on the left there is a small place of worship devoted to Lord Kalvar Perumal. A devotee of Lord Vishnu named Thirumangaialwar sang devotional songs in praise of Lord Vishnu in this sacred place.

36. Kallakkambam

The presiding God in the temple is Kallakkambar. In the inner court surrounding the sanctum - sanctorum of the temple (Sre Ekambaranathar temple) next to the idol of Lord Shiva named Mattalamadhavasham, there is a large public hall where the idol of Lord Shiva is kept. After this hall, there is row of holy figures of 63 Nayanmars (kept to be taken out during processions in a temple - festival).Since the Lord in this temple was worshipped by Lord Vishnu who in turn worshipped Lord Shiva, in order to receive a boon which would enable him to establish his supremacy over the world, it is believed that those who raise their minds and hearts to God (in this temple), would not fall a prey to desires which make men commit sin while pursuing them.

37. Kanagadurgai Amman Temple

The presiding diety in the temple is Kanagadurgaiyamman. The temple is situated on a site which lies on the path leading from Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) to Enathur. It is an ancient temple devoted to Goddess Kanaka Durga. The holy figure of the Goddess was dug out and temple was built in the same premises. The shrine of the Goddess in the sanctum - sanctorum of the temple is presented in a sitting posture, with her the left leg on a he-buffalo and her right leg on the floor. To the right of the idol, is a lion and to the left (of the idol) is the demon. On her divine hands pointing upwards (to the right) she holds a conch shell, a wheel, a three pronged weapon and an umbrella. On the divine hands pointing downwards to the left, she holds a bow, a shield and a holy rope. Thus the Goddess appears as a very powerful one, who is able to overcome all evil. On her divine hands pointing to the right- she holds an arrow in one of her hands holds a divine knife in another hand and keeps her third hand on her thigh.

38. Kaasibesam

The presiding God in the temple is Kaasibeswarar.Beside the Pachaiappa’s college for women, (at little Kanchipuram) stands the Aatrangarai Amman Temple. This small temple named Kasibesam is situated in the campus of the Aatrangarai Amman Temple.There is no other idols or holy figures other than the idol land of Shiva, here. Kasiber stayed here and spent his life in meditating on God, doing Worship and giving away many things in charity.

39. Kamakshi Amman Temple
(Kamakkottam)

The Main Sanctum of Kamakshi Amman Temple

The presiding diety in the temple is Kamakshi Amman. Umadevi (Parvathi) who did 32 kinds of charity appears as a Goddess who is of a great charitable disposition and the blessings she showers on her devotees increases day after day. Since goddess Kamakshi extends her divine rule over Kanchi sitting in her sacred seat at Kamatchi Amman Temple, doing all forms of charity and by showering her countless number of blessings on the devotees, we find the shrine of the Goddess (only) in the sanctum-sanctorum of the Kamatchi Amman temple. There is no shrine of the Goddess in the sanctum-sanctorum of any other temples within the holy city Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Opposite to the sanctum-sanctorum of the Kamakshi Amman temple in the holy Hall, (Gayathri hall) the Goddess appears seated with her legs folded together, (which gives the appearance of a lotus in full bloom) holding in her divine hands a divine rope, an arrow made of flowers, a bow made of sugarcane and a crown of moon stone adorns her divine head. The holy powers namely - the sun and the moon emit divine rays which glitter like gold. She is dressed in silk clothes and precious divine

ornaments adorn her whole body. The holy wedlock sparkles about her neck and she appears as a Goddess who spreads her divine radiance all over the world.

The holy place in the Kamatchi temple, known as Sre Shankaram, is a holy place devoted to Adhi Shankarar. There is an idol of Adhi Shankarar in this place. There is a divine to wheel opposite to the shrine of Goddess Kamakshi. This divine wheel stands for the magical powers that she (Goddess Kamakshi) possesses. There is a holy water in this tank which is known as Ulagani Theertham. The great temple festival which falls in the Tamil Month of Masi is held with great pomp and show. On Fridays Goddess Kamatchi Amman seated in her divine gold chariot is taken out in procession around the temple.

The Golden Tower of Kamakshi Amman Temple

40. Kaamesvaram


The Inner view of Kaamesvaram Temple




The presiding God in the temple is Kaameswarar. This temple is situated on the banks of the Sarvatheertham tank. Manmadhan (God of Love) worshipped the presiding God in this temple and received all the boons that he wished for.

41. Kaayaarohanam
(Kaayaarohaneswarar Guru Temple)

The presiding God in the temple is Kaayaarohaneeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Kamalaambigai. This is a very divine place, situated on the banks of the River Vegawathi. Lord Jupiter and Goddess Mahalakshmi came to this divine place to worship God. Lords Brahma and Vishnu were very disappointed as their life time was drawing to a close. At this moment, God (Lord Shiva) appeared before them, put their holy figures on his back, danced with the holy figure on his back and blessed them. Since lord Shiva allowed them (Lords Brahma and Vishnu) to take refuge on his back, the idol was named Kayarohaneshwarar. Goddess Mahalakshmi showered the leaves of the holy tree (Bael tree) worship Kayarohaneshwarar and was blessed with a holy husband - Lord Vishnu.

The Inner view of Kaayaarohanam Temple

Lord Jupiter (Lord Guru) who came here to worship God was blessed with unfailing devotion towards him. There is a separate holy place devoted to Lord Jupiter (Guru) in this temple. Every Thursday, people come here in large numbers, offer flowers, recite the holy names of the Lord and conduct worship. This holy place is popularly known as Guru Temple. The Kanchi Puranam lays emphasis on the greatness of this holy place by saying that those who bathe in the Kayarohana Theertham (a holy pond), worship the God and the Goddess Lakshmi in this sacred place would be bestowed with wealth and wisdom by Kayarohaneshwarar. The residence of Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi is situated very close to this temple.

42. Kaaligaambaal Temple

The presiding Diety in the temple is Kaaligaambaal. The temple is called Sre Adhipeeda Kaligambal Temple. This temple is situated on a lane which separates from Sengalu Neerodai Street. It is situated on a site adjoining the Kumarakottam Temple. The shrine of Goddess Kaligambal in the sanctum - sanctorum of the temple is adorned with flowers and the Goddess looks very graceful. Devotees can gain entry into the court of the temple through an entrance on the left side. In the court of the temple there is an idol of Lord Shiva. To the right of the hall (mandap) there is a divine tree (pipal). Under the divine tree is the figure of a divine serpent. On the wall near by is the idol of Ashta Buja Durga.

43. Kumarakkottam

The Main Tower of Kumarakkottam Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Subramanyaswamy. It is an ancient temple. The tower gate of the temple reaches a very great height. The temple is situated in West Raja Street. There are separate holy places in the temple for Lord Vinayaka, Palaniandavar, Shanmuga, Urugum Ulla Perumal, Nine holy planets and a staunch devotee of Muruga named Arunagrinathar and Goddesses Valli, Theivani. There is a sacred hall set aside for meditation. The holy figures of Kachiappa Sivacharyar and Vallalar Ramalinga Swamigal are found in the court of the temple.

Lord Subramaniya Swamy (Lord Muruga) stands in a unique state in this temple. Saints, who are devotees of Lord Shiva, have sung devotional songs on this temple and scenes from the Kantha Puranam adorn the walls of this temple. This holy place is held in high esteem since the holy text - Kantha Puranam was published here and the holy scenes from the sacred text were staged here. The presiding the God in this temple is Lord Muruga. The holy figure of Lord Muruga, (in the outer court of the temple) presents in him as a very merciful God, holding in his divine hands - holy beads, a divine pot. With one of his holy hands showers blessings and with another holy hand he offers protection to his devotees. Thus Lord Muruga appears as a God with four divine hands. (Apart from his other hands) Once upon time, so the holy text says that Lord Brahma - the God of creation did not know the meaning of the sacred syllable ‘Ohm’. For this very reason, he imprisoned Lord Brahma and he executed the great task of creation all by himself. The shrine in the sanctum - sanctorum of the temple presents Lord Muruga as a creator. The Rock Hall where scenes from Kandha Puranam had been staged long ago has been converted into Kachiappar Library. Two great temple festivals namely - kandha Sashti and Soorasamharam are held with great grandeur here, once every year.

44. Kavusikesam

The presiding God in the temple is Kavusikeswarar or Sokkeeswarar. This temple gets its name - Kavusikesam from the divine lady by name Kowsiki, who was born from the sweat of Goddess Parvathi’s brow. This temple is also known as Sakeeswarar temple. This holy place is situated near Kamakshi Amman temple, (in a corner) in a site adjoining the Kamakshi Amman Marriage Hall.

It is a stone temple built during the age of the Cholas in the 12th Century B.C. On the main wall of temple are words ‘Nakkarkoil’ of the south. The pillar with an inscription belonging to the period of Kopura Kesari varman had been excavated from this place, long ago. It is an ancient temple having the unique grace that a temple ought to have. The court of the temple is in a pit. There is wall, little distance away, surrounding the pit. At the top of the temple in the upper row, there are holy figures of an elephant, Kowsiki (devotee of Goddess Parvathi) and Lord Vinayaka worshipping Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvathi. There is holy figure of Kannappar (devotee of Lord Shiva) removing his eye from its socket and fitting it into the socket of the eye of Lord Shiva which draws the attention of the devotees. Vaali and Sugriva (the monkey Gods) worship the God and Goddess in this temple. The site of the holy figure of the celestial cow and sacred peacock worshipping God make the heart of the devotees skip a beat. On the lower row are the holy figures of Lords Vinayaka and Muruga. The holy figures of Dakshnamoorthi (Lord Shiva), Yoga Narasimhar, Brahma with the holy figures of the bulls on either side adorn the temple.

45. Gavuthamesam

The presiding God in the temple is Gavuthameswarar. It is situated on the Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) - Uthiramerur route (near the Kanchipuram town limit) at a place called Keeraimandabam. The temple is in the form of a shed - like enclosure. The window in made of barbed wire. It is a sacred place, where the idol of Lord Shiva worshipped by Sage Gauthama could be found. The upper position of the idol lies in a separate place where as the base of the idol lies in another separate place. There is the stamp of the pipal tree in the campus of the temple.

46. Sangubaani Vinayakar Temple
The external view of Sangubaani vinayakar Temple



The presiding God in the temple is Sangubaani Vinayagar. This temple is quite near the Irratai Mantap. In the court of the temple, are idols of serpents and separate places of worship devoted to the nine holy planets and a separate holy place devoted to God Saturn. The temple is commonly known by people as Sappani Pillayar temple. The street in which the temple is situated is also called after the name of the temple. There is an idol of Lord Vinayaka in the form of a conch - shell.

47. Santhaveli Amman Temple

The presiding Diety in the temple is Santhaveliyamman. It is a temple found on the way to white pond (Vellaikkulam) at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Devotees can make their way through the path close to the Gujarathi Choultry (in Salai Street) and then to the right to reach the temple. There are separate holy places devoted to the figures of holy serpents and Goddess VishnuDurga. According to historical sources, Karikala Chola a great ruler before proceeding to the Himalayas first set his foot on the divine land of Kanchi. He worshipped Shasta (Lord Iyyappa) took the holy bouquet of flowers and left the place. He engraved his symbol of Tiger on one of the peaks of the great Himalayas.

The Inner View of Santhaveliyamman Temple

Since Masathanar (Lord Iyyanar) with the divine bouquet has his weapon, when riding on an elephant through this place the deity present in this divine place was called Santhaveli Amman. Now the temple is known as Santhaveli Amman Temple. It is a small temple. There are separate holy places devoted to the holy figures of serpents and Goddess Vishnu Durgai.

48. Chandiresam

The presiding God in the temple is Chandireswarar. Ages ago, there was an idol of Lord Shiva on the bank of the Chandratheertham Tank (Temple tank) which was worshipped by the Moon. Now this tank is popularly known as Vellai Kulam (White Pond). Late on the idol in this temple (of Lord Shiva) was installed on the right of the court, just before the holy figure of the Goddess. This idol occupies a unique place in the temple. Beside the figure of the Goddess, Pilgrims could see the holy figure of the Moon. The Moon God has another name- Soman. Since the idol in this temple was worshipped by the moon, the temple came to be known as Chandresam. The holy name of the temple is mentioned in the holy text Kanchi Puraanam- in its chapter Anthavedhipadalam.

49. Sarvatheertham


There is a holy tank which is known for its Sanctity on the route leading from Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) to Vellore. Many temples are found on the banks of this tank. They are Kasiviswanatham, Theertheswarar, Kameswarar, Rameswarar, Latchumeesarar, Malligarjunar, Iranyeswara, Gangevarecharam and Vaguleesam. There is sacred hall devoted for meditation. There is a fence of barbed wire all around the temple tank.

The holy text ‘Kanchi Puraanam’ speaks volumes about the greatness of this tank in a separate chapter named ‘Sarvatheertha Padalam’. Long,

The Full View of Sarvatheertham Tank

long ago, God (Lord Shiva) commanded all the holy rivers to come Kanchi. So all the holy waters came together and flooded the holy land of Kanchi. Seeing the vast stretches of water moving forward, Goddess Parvathi in her endeavor to save the mud idol of Lord Shiva (established by her) from getting washed away by the holy waters embraced the idol, so much so that the holy marks made by her breasts and hands where embedded on the idol. Then, the waters stayed here and worshipped Lord Shiva in the name of Theertheswarar. The holy waters which stayed here got collected and formed the holy water named Sarwatheertham. God who was much pleased by their (holy waters) devotion to him blessed them saying these words. Those who perform their duties to the souls of Sages, Celestial and Departed Ancestors, do charity and submit themselves to the holy feet of God shall attain salvation. Moreover, those who bathe in the holy water of this tank can wash away their sins (including the sin of murder) shall lead a life of happiness and prosperity. The practice of performing duties to the souls of the dead still continues here even today. Since all the holy waters are present in this sacred tank, it ranks first in importance.

50. Saarndaasayam

The presiding God in the temple is Viyaasa Saandaaleeswarar. It found on the banks of the Rivar Vegavathi. If devotees go along the path leading from the Pachaiyappa’s woman’s College and then turn to the Street on the right devotees can see the temple on the bank of the River Vegavathi. This sacred place is called Santhaleeswarar temple. Viyasa worshipped the God in this temple. The idol of Lord Shiva established by Sage Vyasar is found on the banks of the River Vegavathi. Sage Vyasa who came to understand the first age of destruction namely- Kaliyuga was fast approaching was overcome with fear. He went to Kasi and worshipped Lord Viswanathar. On the request some Sages, he explained the Vedic scriptures. The sages then requested him to convey the meaning of Vedas in one word. Contrary to the explanations that he had, just given he said Narayana is the sole ruler of the Universe. At length, they asked Sage Vyasa repeat the same words (Narayana is the soul ruler of the Universe) in Viswanathar Temple. He joined his hands said ‘Narayana Para Brahmam’.

The holy bull, who heard these words being said by the Sage, became angry. The holy bull cured Sage Vyasa saying ‘your hands will not stir from the present position’. To the surprise he found that his hands did not stir from the position. Sage Vyasar then worshipped Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu then appeared before him and asked him to express his regret and submit himself to Lord Shiva. Vyasar who was now clear in his mind, reached Kanchi established an idol of Lord Shiva by the name Saarnthasaya perumal and attained Salvation.

51. Chidambaresar Temple


The temple is a shining example of the architectural skill. The temple has a wide space around it. This figure inspires us to do same thing worth while in order to find success in life. Devotees can make use of the entrance at the side, in order to gain entry to the court where the shrine of presiding God is kept (in the sanctum -sanctorum of the temple) for worshipping the shrine. This Temple is placed very near to Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi’s Divine Residence.

The presiding God in the temple is Chidambareswarar.In Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) at Pillaiyar palayam, a little further down the path where the false chariot, is kept there is temple (to the left of the false chariot). There are separate holy places devoted to lords Muruga, Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) and the nine holy planets. The holy figures of saints along with Sekkizhar are found here. The holy figure of Lord Vinayaka, the God of success is presented with his consort Vallabi seated on his lap. There are holy figures of Lord Brahma, Goddess Durga, Lord Narthana Vinayaka (the dancing figure of Lord Vinayaka), Dakshna Muthy and Lingorpavar (an idol). There is a separate holy place devoted to Lord Chandigeswarar in this temple.

The Inner View of Chidambareswarar Temple

52. Siththeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Siththeeswarar. It is a temple situated on the banks of the Manjal River (near K.P.K Thirumana Mantap) in a corner of Kamarajar Street. It is a very sacred place. The siddhas (a class of celestials who have acquired the eight great mystic powers) worshipped Lord Shiva in order to acquire the eight great mystic powers. The holy water in the well is called Siddhartheertham. When Goddess Parvathi came to Kanchi, she made all necessary arrangements to ensure safety to the holy land of Kanchi. She applied the holy turmeric powder on her whole body and then had a holy bath in the waters of the holy tank. So the waters of the tank turned yellow. Thus the river Manjalaru got its name.

53. Chitraguptar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Chitraguptar and the consort of the presiding God is Karnikaambaal. This temple is situated in Nellukara Street. The consort of the presiding God (Lord Chitragupta) is named Karnikambal. There are separate holy places in the temple devoted to God Selva Vinayaka, Goddess Vishnu Durga and the nine holy planets. It is a very popular temple. It is a temple devoted to Lord Chitragupta who is the next rightful heir to the throne of Lord Kethu. It is a temple known for removing the defects caused by the impact of Kethu on a person. This temple is the only sacred place devoted to Lord Chitraguptar. There is an idol in the sanctum- sanctorum of the temple (of Lord Chitragupta). The idol presents Lord Chirtragupta sitting his divine seat holding a nail (used for writing on palm leaves) in his right hand and a palm leaf on his left hand.

The External View of Chitraguptar Temple

When the temple festival is held to mark the full- moon day in the Tamil month of Chithirai there is a grand marriage procession of the Lord and his consort Karnikambal. Lord Chitragupta, the presiding God in the temple hails from the Sun God. He maintains a record of good and evil deeds of all creatures of the world (including mankind) and assists the God of Death in his divine work.

54. Sivasthanam

The presiding God in the temple is Brahmmapureeswarar. The temple is situated on a site beyond the River Vegavathy which lies in Thenembakkam (after the Tolgate at little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) ). It is a sacred place worshipped by Lord Brahma. Lord Brahmabureeswarar, who was greatly pleased by Lord Brahma’s devotion to him, appeared before him with his consort Umadevi. Desired by Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva made Sivasthanam his divine abode. On the wall behind the idol of Lord Shiva is the holy figure of AdhiShankarar (a holy parsonage who established non - duality or monism).

55. Suragaresam


The presiding God in the temple is Suragareswarar. This temple is situated in Ekambaranathar temple Street. The sanctum - sanctorum of temple is circular. It is a shining example of the architectural skill. The whole temple is built of stones and many holy figures are engraved on them. It is a magnificent building which attracts countless number of devotees. It is a sacred place where the demon Suragan was destroyed. There is an idol of Juvarahereswarar here. This idol is one of the 64 holy idols (formless form of Lord Shiva). The God cure the devotees of their ailments such as fever, relieves them of the heat present in their body and helps to maintain the normal body temperature. Credit of removing the heat present in the bodies of celestials goes to the God in this temple. The sacred water of this

The Main Tower of Suragaresam Temple

temple tank is called ‘Vepperi Kulam’. Now the temple is popularly known as ‘Upperi Kulam’. There are two kinds of divine treasures in the temple. There is a statue of Lord Gubera (God of treasure) in this temple.

56. Sevvandheesam

The presiding God in the temple is Sevvandeeswarar. The temple is situated at Panjupettai (Big Street) in the campus of Government Seed Farm at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the temple. Opposite to the idol of Lord Shiva, is the figure of the holy bull and an altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed. The temple is also known by the holy name -Sevandheesaram. Worship is conducted by priests once a day. The God of wind established an idol of Lord Shiva, worshipped him by showering (by seventhi flowers) and finally acquired many great, holy powers.

57. Savunakesam

The presiding God in the temple is Savunakeswarar. This temple is situated on a site (on the right side) in Thanappa Naicker Street (which separates from S.V.N Pillai Street). It is a very ancient temple. There is an idol of Lord Shiva established by Sage Sownagar, here. He (Sage sownaga) worshipped the God in this temple and attained salvation.

58. Thakkesam

The presiding God in the temple is Thakkeswarar. It is situated in Kachiappa Street of Pillayar Palayam at Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) Age ago, Thakkan; the father of Goddess Parvathi performed a divine sacrifice in order to acquire Shiva’s divine powers. Thakkan invited all the celestials and (including Gods Brahma and Vishnu) except Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva’s anger knew no bounds, because he was not invited for the holy sacrifice. So, Lord Shiva sent his son - Veerapathiran to punish the celestials and the demon Thakkan. The celestials and the demon (Thakkan) that could not bear the harm inflicted on them by Veerapathiran asked him as to what they should do to atone for their sins. Veerapathiran then commanded them to go to Kanchi, establish an idol of Lord Shiva and worship him. In accordance with the holy command of Veerapthiran all the celestials headed by the demon Thakkan, came to Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Thakkeswarar and worshipped him. Thus the celestials and the demon expressed their sincere regret for committing the sin of disrespect to God and got rid of the blemishes caused by their sin.

59. Thanthondreesam

The presiding God in the temple is Ubamanneeswarar. The temple is situated on a site in Ekambaranathar Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . This temple is also known as Upamaneesar temple. The sun of Sage Viyaakrapaadha was very fond of milk, wished to get a plentiful supply of milk. So he prayed to God with great devotion asking him to offer milk. God who was much pleased by the child’s worship, wanted to fulfill the child’s desire. So, God appeared before the child, and bid the milky sea to offer a plentiful supply of divine milk to the child. God, then blessed the child with unique wisdom and everlasting the youth. Since Sage Upamanya worshipped the God in this temple, the idol worshipped by him came to called Upamaneesam. Since the idol of Lord Shiva established it self here on its own accord, this idol of Lord Shiva came to be known as Thanthondreesam.

60. Thirugnanasambandhar Temple

The External View of Thirugnanasambandhar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Thirugnanasambandar. It is a temple situated on a site in Thirumetrali Street at Pillaiyar Palayam of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is a small temple devoted to Saint ThirugnanaSambhandhar, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. A sacred text says that Goddess Parvathi suckled the Saint (Thiurgnanasambanthar) when he was a child. By virtue of being fed by him holy milk of Goddess Parvathi, the Saint is held in high esteem. The holy figure of the saint (Thirugnanasambanthar) presents him as standing before the shrine (idol of Lord Shiva) with his hands joined together, praying to God. Lord Vishnu, who wished to be transformed into the form of an idol, was commanded by Lord Shiva to remain in this holy place, till the return of the Saint (ThirugnanaSambhanthar) comes. God Shiva then said that only after hearing the songs being sung by saint Thirugnanasambhanthar, he (Lord Vishnu) would be transformed into an idol.

The sacred text ‘Kanchipuranam’ says that in order to execute the holy task set for him, (Thirugnanasambanthar) came to Kanchi and reached this temple, looked up at the Lord in this temple and sang songs in praise of Thirumetrallisar. Lord Vishnu who paid great heed to the songs being sung (by Thirugnanasambanthar) got himself transformed into the form of an idol.

61. Thirumetrali


The presiding God in the temple is Thirumetralinathar. The temple is situated on a site in Pillaiyarpalayam (Kanchi). The street in which this ancient temple stands is named after it (Thirumetralli Street). On one side of the street, stands the Thirugnanasambhandar temple and on the other side stands the Thirumetralli temple. The Uttruketta Mutheesar temple stands between the two temples (mentioned above). Lord Vishnu who wished to get transformed into an idol came to this temple and did severe penance. At that time, accordance to holy command of Lord Shiva, Thirugnanasambhandar set his holy foot here, sang hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu, who listened to the song (sung by Saint Thirugnanasambhandar) with great piety and finally got himself transformed into a holy idol.

The Main Tower of Thirumetrali Temple

62. Theertheswaram

The Inner View of Theertheswaram Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Theertheswarar. This temple is situated on a site opposite to the sacred steps of the holy tank named Sarvatheertham. Long, long ago, God (Lord Shiva) commanded all the holy rivers to come Kanchi. So all the holy waters came together and flooded the holy land of Kanchi. Seeing the vast stretches of water moving forward, Goddess Parvathi in her endeavor to save the mud idol of Lord Shiva (established by her) from getting washed away by the holy waters embraced the idol, so much so that the holy marks made by her breasts and hands where embedded on the idol. Then, the waters stayed here and worshipped Lord Shiva in the name of Theertheswarar. The holy waters which stayed here got collected and formed the holy water named Sarwatheertham. God who was much pleased by their (holy waters) devotion to him blessed them saying these words. Those who perform their

duties to the souls of Sages, Celestial and Departed Ancestors, do charity and submit themselves to the holy feet of God shall attain salvation. Moreover, those who bathe in the holy water of this tank can wash away their sins (including the sin of murder) shall lead a life of happiness and prosperity. The practice of performing duties to the souls of the dead still continues here even today. Since all the holy waters are present in this sacred tank, it ranks first in importance. Those who have a holy dip in the holy waters of Sarvatheertham tank are sure to attain salvation.

63. Devasenapatheesam

The presiding God in the temple is Devasenapatheeswarar. This holy temple is found in the Kumarakottam temple at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Brahma, the God of Creation did not know the meaning of the sacred syllable ‘Ohm’. For this very reason Lord Muruga imprisoned Lord Brahma. Then, Lord Muruga transformed his holy figure into the figure of Lord Brahma with his 4 faces - holding in his first divine hand holy beads and a divine pot in his second hand. With his third hand he blesses his devotees and with his fourth hand he grants boons. Then, Lord Muruga executed the task of creation all by himself. Lord Shiva commanded his holy son Lord Muruga to free Lord Brahma. At the first instant, Lord Muruga refused to obey the holy command of his heavenly father - Lord Shiva. As Lord Muruga felt that it was not right on his part to disobey his father, Lord Muruga finally freed Lord Brahma. As atonement for refusing to obey the holy command of his father at the first instant, Lord Muruga - the chief of the celestials established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of ThevaSenapatheeswarar and did severe penance. From then on, the sacred place came to be known as Thevasenapatheesam.

64. Nagareesam
(East Raja Street)

The presiding God in the temple is Nagareeswarar. This temple is situated in East Raja Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) (in a corner) very close to the Bus Terminus. The street in which the temple is situated is named Nagareeswarar temple Street. The holy figures of Lords Muruga and VenkatesaPerumal (Lord Vishnu) greet the devotees to the temple. There is a holy figure of Lord Vinayaka in the court of the temple. In the outer court of the temple there are the holy figures of Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva), the nine holy planets and the sun God. The paintings on the wall of the temple display the figures of Lord's Iyyappa, Natraja and a holy figure of the Warrior of Madurai (Madurai Veeran).

65. Nagareesam
(Mettu Street)



The presiding God in the temple is Nagareeswarar. This temple is situated in a site opposite to the bus stop at Mettu Street in Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . As soon as the devotees gain entry in to the temple, they can get a clear view of the graceful idol of Lord Shiva kept in the sanctum - sanctorum of the temple. To the left of the idol is the holy figure of Lord Vinayaka. The figure of the holy bull is found just opposite to the holy idol of Lord Shiva in the court of the temple. There are holy places devoted to Gods Vinayaka, Subramaniya (Lord Muruga), Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) and the nine holy planets.

The Inner View of Nagareesam Temple

66. Nallakkambam

The presiding God in the temple is Nallakkambar. In the court of the Ekambaranathar temple at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , there is a holy place devoted to Lord Nilathunda Perumal. In the inner court of the Ekambaranathar temple, close to the sacred place occupied by Nila Thunda Perumal (Lord Vishnu) there is an idol of Lord Shiva. This idol was worshipped by Uruthirar. The idol came to be called Nallakamban. People who worship the God in this temple are blessed with everlasting bless.

67. Nilaaththunda Perumal Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Nilaaththundaperumal. This temple is situated in the court of the Ekambaranathar temple at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . In the court of the Ekambaranathar temple next to the holy figures of the 63 Nayanmars (holy figures of devotees of Lord Shiva) is the holy place devoted to Nilathunda Perumal. Thirumangaialwar (a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu) has sung many hymns in praise of the Lord in this temple.

68. Pachaivanna Perumal Temple and
Pavalavanna Perumal Temple

The External View of Pachaivanna Perumal Temple

The presiding Gods in these temples are Pachchaivannaperumal and Pavalavannaperumal. This temple is situated on a site in Kalander Street (in a corner) of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . There are two temples (devoted to Lord Vishnu) named Pachaivannar Perumal Temple and Pavala Vanna Perumal Temple at both ends of Kalandar Street of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The devotees consider both the temples as two divine places of equal importance.

The Pachai Vanna Perumal appears to his devotees as a God possessing a graceful countenance. His complexion is similar to the color of emeralds. Pavala Vanna Perumal apperars before his devotees as God possessing a graceful countenance His complexion is similar to the color of the Coral. The idol of Pavala Vanna Perumal presents him as lying on a bed of sacred serpents, holding in two of his divine hands a divine conch and a divine wheel. He uses his third hand to offer his help to all creatures and his fourth hand to bless his devotees. Lord Vishnu appeared to Sage Brigu as Pavalavanna Perumal. There is a holy figure of Sage Brighu in the temple. The presiding God in the temple is Pavalavannar and the consort of the presiding God is Pavalavalli. There are sacred places devoted to devotees of Lord Vishnu such as Andal, Nammalwar, Thirumangai Alawar, Udaiyavar and Manavala Mamunivar. Saint Thirumangai Alwar has sung devotional songs in praise of the God in this temple. The holy water of this sacred place is called Chakaratheertham.

69. Panaatharesam

The presiding God in the temple is Panaamudeeswarar. There is a temple with the holy title ‘Panamudeeswarar’ in Aladi Pillaiyar temple Street. This place was worshipped by serpents. It is said that with the help of the powerful boon acquired by the kite, (a sacred bird) he was able to destroy the serpent community. The serpents, which were overcome with grief at the thought that their race would soon disappear from the world, came to Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Panamudeeswarar and worshipped Lord Shiva with great devotion and reverence. Lord Shiva, who was moved by their great devotion to him, took pity on them (serpents) and extended his mercy on them by wearing round his neck. These serpents adorn (as an ornament) his sacred form.

The External View of Panaatharesam

70. Panaamaneesam

The presiding God in the temple is Panaamaneeswarar. The temple is situated in Iyyengar Palaya Street (Thiruvalluvar Street) at Little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . When the milky sea was churned, Snake Vasugi which acted as a rope, (with the celestials pulling it on one side and the demons on the other side) spit forth poison into the milky sea and was a source trouble to all the creatures where in trouble. As an atonement for the sin (of being a source of trouble to the creatures) committed by it the holy serpent Vasugi reached Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Panamaneeswarar, worshipped it, created a divine pond named Anantha Theertham, offered the precious stone - Ruby, as a token of its love and devotion to God.

71. Palapathiraramesam

The presiding God in the temple is Palapathirarameswarar. This is situated in the natural environment of a coconut grove at Thiurmettrali Street.of Pillaiyar Palayam at Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Lord Balarama, during the course of his pilgrimage to Kanchi reached River Saraswathi and came to know about the greatness of Kanchi from the Sages present there.He then paid heed to the divine teachings of Sage ubamanyu.In order to quench his divine thirst, Balarama worshipped Lord Ekambaranathar (Lord Shiva) and established an idol of Shiva in the name of Balabathrarameswarar and worshipped it (the idol). God, then appeared before Balarama and blessed him with everlasting faith towards him. (Lord Shiva)The God blesses his devotees with all good fortune.

72. Paraasaresam
(Valakkaruththeeswarar temple)

The presiding God in the temple is Paraasareswarar. This is a separate holy place in the campus of the valakkaruththeeswarar temple.The sacred text kanchipuranam in its chapter-parasaresappadalam contains sacred details about this holy place. Sage vasishta who bore a grudge against Sage viswamitra commanded sudaasan (a demon) to swallow the hundred sons of Sage vasishta. In accordance with the holy command of Sage viswamitra, sudaasan swallowed all the sons of Sage vasishta. When the incident took place athirsanthini the wife of Sage saththi (Sage vasishta’s elder son) was pregnant. Overcome with grief athirsanthini started giving blows on her stomach in an endevour to kill the child in her womb. Sage vasishta who witnessed the scene stopped her from doing so. At that moment, Lord Vishnu appeared before athirsanthini and the holy words; ‘a son who is well versed in all the sacred Hindu scriptures shall be born to you’ rang out into the years of athirsanthini. Athirsanthini felt relieved after hearing the voice of God.finally, athirsanthini gave birth to a holy child and named him parasarar. This holy child parasarar came to know all the incidents that had taken place in his family from his grand father Sage vasishta.

According to the advice of his grand father (Sage vasishta) Sage parasarar came to Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva and worshipped him. God, who was immensely pleased with his devotion to him, granted him a boon which enabled him to see his father (who was swallowed by the demon sudaasan even before his birth).finally Sage parasarar who wanted to put an end to the troubles caused by the demons performed a divine sacrifice to destroy all the demons. From then on, Sage parasarar led a peaceful and happy life at Kanchi, spending his time in worshipping God who had been good to him.

73. Paruththeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Parutheeswarar. Now-a-days, the holy place is known is Paruthikulam. After worshipping Sevantheesam if devotees follow the same path, there is a street which seperates to the left. There is a holy idol of Lord Shiva on the banks of the Paruthikulam (tank). The temple is in the form of a shed. There is the figure of the holy bull outside the shed. The idol of Lord Shiva in this temple was worshipped by the Sun God.

74. Paandavathutha Perumal Temple

The Main Sanctum of Paandavathutha Perumal Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Paandavathuthaperumal and the consort of the presiding God is Rukmanithaayaar. It is a very sacred land held in high esteem as ‘Paadagam’. The temple is situated on a site in the Pandava Perumal temple (a little interior in the street). Lord Krishna went as a messenger to king Duryodhana in order to ask him to give away the land to the Pandavas (the 5 sons of king Pandu). Since Lord Vishnu (in his incarnation as Lord Krishna) acted as a messenger for the Pandavas, the God in this sacred place came to be called Pandava Thutha Perumal. The consort of the presiding God in the temple is called Rukumani Thayyar Recently separate holy places of worship devoted to Sre Chakarathalwar and Yoganarasimhar have been established. The God in this temple appeared before king Janamejayan (an heir to the throne of the Kauravaas) and Sage Arithamamuni. There are holy idols of Emperumanar and Arulala Perumal here. There is a gigantic figure of paadavathuutha perumal about 25 feet high, in divine Assembly of king Duryodhana, in the presence of a large audience. Thirumangai Alwar, Thirumalisai Alwar Pudhathalwar and Peyalwar (devotees of Lord Vishnu) sang devotional songs and worshipped Lord Vishnu in this temple.

75. Paandavesam

The presiding God in the temple is Paandaveswarar. It is a sacred place, which is situated on an open ground in a street which seperates from the Railway Road at big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is said that when the Pandavas along with Dravupadi and Sages such as Romesar went on a Pilgrimage, they established idols of Lord Shiva in the sacred places they passed by and worshipped them. Then they set their holy feet on the sacred soil of Kanchi. After reaching Kanchi the pandavaas, duravpathi and sages such as romesar if we follow the path beyond the town limit, on the Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) - Uthiramerur route and proceed eastwards (Teacher’s Colony, near Orrikkai).then, the pandavas, Dravupadi Sages such as romesar and the wives of the sages, established separate idols of Lord Shiva in their respective names, worshipped them and attained salvation. a Celestial named yeesaanan, established an idol of Lord Shiva here and worshipped it. From then on yeesaanan was appointed as a guard for the north east direction (yeesaanan is one of the 8 divine guards guarding eight directions).

76. Paarkavesam

The presiding God in the temple is Paarkeeswarar. This holy place is situated in the banks of the River Vegavathy-beyond the Thumbavanam Street at Little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The site of the temple lies beyond the fields in a serene place. The idol of Lord Shiva established by Sage Brigu is placed on a low-lying area. There are holy places in this temple, devoted to Gods SakthiVinayaka, Mayilvagananar (Lord Muruga) the four chief devotees of Lord Shiva (saints Thirunavukkarasar, Thirugnanasambandhar, Sundarar and Manikkavasagar) the sun God, the nine holy planets, Thanigai Vinayaka, Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Theivanai, Agatheeswarar, Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) and God Saturn.

77. Piravaaththaanam



The presiding God in the temple is Piravaatheeswarar. The temple is situated in an idol place in Jawaharlar Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The site of the temple is further up the street, to the south of the Banyan tree in a residential area. Ages ago, when Sage Vamatheva was inside his mother’s womb, he (was very much afraid of the cycle of births) prayed to God with great devotion to prevent him from being born on this earth. God who was much pleased with the infant’s (the Sage when he was in his mother’s womb) devotion to him, appeared before him and advised him to go to Kanchi and worship Lord Shiva to free himself from the cycle of birth and rebirths. Sage Vamathevar, in accordance with the holy advice of Lord Shiva, went to Kanchi established an idol of Lord Shiva there, worshipped him and freed himself from rebirths. So the sacred place came to be known as Piravathanam. This sacred place is popularly known by people as Piravatheeswarar temple.

The Main Tower of Piravaaththaanam Temple

78. Punniyakotteeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Punniyakotteeswarar. This temple is situated in punniyakotteeswarar temple street at little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple is situated on a site-on the path that leads from the Chetty Street to its south (very close to the Varadharajaperumal Temple at Little Kanchipuram). Lord Vishnu took the form of a cloud, held Lord Shiva on his holy form and worshipped him. One day, a crocodile caught the leg of gajendra-a holy elephant who was always at the service of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu rushed to the spot, and got the holy elephant relieved from the clutches of the crocodile. Then Lord Vishnu and the divine elephant went to Kanchi and worshipped Lord Shiva. God then appeared before Lord Vishnu and gracefully granted him all the boons he aspired for. By virtue of the boons received by him, (Lord Vishnu) came to be affectionately called as Varadhan. The place where Lord Vishnu stayed and worshipped Lord Shiva was known as Athigiri Devotees who bathe in the holy waters of this temple tank, will be blessed with all kinds of good fortune. That is to say-a good deed done at Kanchi is equal to ever so many good deeds done at other places. Eventually, fortune will begin to smile and bring peace, happiness and prosperity into the lives of people. Thus this divine place came to be known as Puniyakotteesam.

79. Buthanikraha Perumal

The presiding God in the temple is Buthanikrahaperumal. This sacred place of worship is found in the Kanchi Kamatchi Amman Temple of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . When Goddess Kamatchi was carrying on with (executing) her divine work of doing 32 different kinds of charity, a huge evil spirit was haunting the sacred place. On the holy command of Goddess Kamatchi, Lord Vishnu dragged the evil spirit to the banks of the Ulagaanitheertham and crushed him to death. From then on, Lord Vishnu came to be called Puthanigraha Perumal.

On the banks of the Ulaganitheertham, the holy figure of Lord Vishnu is presented in three different postures in the three different floors. In the first floor, Lord Vishnu is presented as standing on the evilspirit; in the second floor he is presented as sitting on the evil spirit and in the third floor he is presented as lying on the body of the evil spirit.

80. Mahaalingesam

The presiding God in the temple is Mahaalingeswarar. This sacred place is situated in a lane which seperates from the Apparao Mudaliar Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple is situated on a small area of land. Gods Vishnu and Brahma (each of them) were of the opinion that one was more powerful than the other. At that instant Lord Shiva appeared before them (in the form of a brilliant lamp which emits light of great brilliance-equal to the light of numerous stars). Lords Brahma and Vishnu stood amazed, looking at the holy figure of Lord Shiva. Both the Gods could not locate the head and the foot of Lord Shiva since the sacred form of Lord Shiva rose from a fathomless depth and rose to a great height. Then, Both the Gods humbled themselves established an idol of Lord Shiva by the name of Mahalingam worshipped it and received boons from Lord Shiva.

81. Mangalesam


The presiding God in the temple is Mangaleswarar. At Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , there is a small bus terminus named Gangaikondaan Mantapam near sankara mutt. In this sacred place, there is a holy tank named Mangala Theertham and a sacred place of worship by the name Mangaleswarar Temple on the banks of this holy tank. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the temple. The sacred place is held in high esteem because Goddess Kamatchi’s maid (who waits on her) worshipped the God in this temple.

The Inner View of Mangalesam Temple

82. Machchesam

The presiding God in the temple is Machcheswarar. This temple is situated in East Raja Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is a popular temple. There is a Machcheswarar hall adjoining the Machcheswarar temple. It is temple worshipped by Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as a fish (one of the ten holy incarnations of Lord Vishnu). Lord Vishnu, in his incarnation as a fish got back the vedas stolen by the demon Somakasuran and restored them to the celestials. Lord Vishnu also destroyed the accomplice of the demon (Somakasuran) named Panchagan-a demon who had the figure of a conch.

83. Manikandeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Manikandeeswarar. This temple is situated in Chetty Street at Little Kanchipuram.( opposite to the Urban Bank) Just before the temple, is the holy figure of Lord Vinayaka. The God of success namely- Lord Vinayaka blesses the passers by. The celestials and the demons were exhausted after churning the milky sea for a long time. (in their endeavor to get Amruth-the food of celestials from the sea). At that instant, Vaali (a monkey lung), made his presence there and churned the milky sea all by himself. The holy snake Vasugi which was used as a rope (for churning the sea) could not endure pain any longer began to spit poison into the sea. The poison spit forth by the holy serpent was very strong so much so it had an impact on Lord Vishnu’s body and darkened his complexion. All the celestials along with Lords Brahma, Vishnu and the holy bull who were at their wit’s end hurried to Lord Shiva, submitted themselves at his holy feet and fervently prayed to him, asking him to save their lives from the disastrous effects of the poison. They also added that their very lives, lies at the mercy of the Lord (Lord Shiva).

The celestials in their endeavor to save their lives proved to be selfish too. They did not give a thought as to what would happen, if he (Lord Shiva) were to take the poison. Lord Shiva, who was bent on saving the celestials, took the poison. In order to atone for the sin of making Lord Shiva pledge his life for their sake, they established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of manikandam and worshipped it. There are two idols of Lord Shiva in the court of the temple, by the names Panaamaneesam and Kanikandeesam.

84. Mandaleswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Mandaleswarar. This is a temple, found within the campus of Sre narayana Seva Ashram at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The sacred place devoted to Lord Shiva (where the idol of Lord Shiva is kept) known as Mandaleswar Sivalinga Sannadhi, stands as the most prominent one. On either sides of this sacred place (Manadaleeswar Sivalinga Sannadhi) are sacred places devoted to Lords Vinayaka-the God of success, Ayyappa and Goddess Durga (all in a row). The idol of Lord Shiva found in this holy place is of medium height and breadth. Opposite to the idol there is a figure of the holy bull. As soon as the devotees gain entry into the temple, the graceful idol of Lord Shiva greets them. Opposite to the idol of Lord Shiva are separate holy places devoted to aadhiguru and the nine holy planets.

85. Madangeeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Madangeeswarar. This sacred place is situated on a site in hospital road next to the Nathaniel Hospital campus at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple was built during the reign of Nandhi Varma Pallava (600 B.C.-900B.C.). This idol of Lord Shiva was worshipped by Sage Mathangaa. The Sage worshipped Lord Shiva and received a boon which empowered him to gain control over his five senses. The temple is very ancient one. After climbing the stone steps, devotees can get a clear view of the idol of Lord Shiva. This idol is quite big. Opposite of the idol, is the figure of the holy Bull. Behind the wall of the sanctum- sanctorum of the temple, there is a holy idol of Umamaheswaran i.e. Lord Shiva with his consort Parvathi.

The Inner Tower of Madangeeswarar Temple

86. Maththala Maadhavesam

The presiding God in the temple is Maththalamaadhaveswarar. In the inner court of the EkambaraNathar Temple, next to the sacred place devoted to Lord Arumugha (Lord Muruga) is an idol devoted to Maarkandeyar. After this idol, is an idol of Lord Shiva known by the name Maththala Maadhavesam. Lord Vishnu was filled with delight when he watched the dance performance of Lord Shiva. He then prayed to Lord Shiva with great devotion, asking Him to grant permission to beat drums in accordance with the graceful movements (during his dance performance). Lord Shiva who was much pleased by his love and devotion for him, commanded Lord Vishnu to go to Kanchi. Lord Vishnu acted accordingly (according to the holy command of Lord Shiva) by establishing an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Maththala Maadhavesar and worshipping it. God who was much delighted, when Lord Vishnu obeyed his holy command appeared before him and performed a dance called ‘Kaappunadanam.’ As Lord Shiva was dancing, he beat the holy drums according to the graceful movements of the dance.

87. Ramesam And Lakshmanesam



The presiding Gods in these temples are Rameswarar (also called as Seetheswarar) and Lakshmaneswarar. This is a sacred place - a temple which stands on the southern bank of the Sarvatheertham tank. There are two sacred places named Ramesam (worshipped by God Sre Rama) and Lakshmanesam (worshipped by God Lakshmanan).

The Inner View of Rameswarar(also called as Seetheswarar) Temple

88. Maagaaleesam


The Main Sanctum of Maagaaleesam Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Maagaaleeswarar. This Temple is also called as Raghu and Kethu Temple. The temple stands near the West temple tower of the Kamatchi Amman Temple. There is an idol of Maagaaleeswarar in the inner court of the temple. Ages ago there lived a divine serpent named Maagaalan. It worshipped Lord Shiva in his sacred place at Sre Kalahasthi, inorder to attain salvation. At the command of God (at Sre Kalahasthi) the Holy serpent made its way to Kanchi established an idol of Lord Shiva here and attained salvation here. The idol estabilshed by the Holy serpent gets the holy title Maagaaleeswararr from the serpent named Maagaalan. Ages ago, the demons Raaghu and Kethu established separate idols of Lord Shiva in their respective names and worshipped him with great

devotion. Lord Shiva was much pleased by their devotion to him blessed them with boons and finally they rose to the position of planets. This Temple will give remedy for those affected by the Sarbathoshas(Raghu/Kethu Thoshams) which causes demerits on Children and Matrimonial affairs of The Life.

In accordance with the holy instructions of Lord Maagaaleeswarar the reconstruction work is going on this Temple. Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi (who always renders divine services) as part of his divine services is constructing this temple by Working as Honarable Adviser in the Divine Organization “Sre Maagaaleeswarar Narpanikkulu” in order to place and preserve the holy idol of Lord Shiva which lies in ruins, in an open place. People who donate generously for this noble cause (of constructing a temple in the interests of the public) would be endowed with all good fortune and prosperity. Those who wish to donate for this noble cause should send money in favour of “Sre Maagaaleeswarar Narpanikkulu” or “S.R.Bhaaskharamaharishi”. Donors are assured of the blessings of Lord Maagaaleeswarar and the planets Namely Raghu and Kethu.

89. Maasaaththanrali

The presiding God in the temple is Maasaaththanathar. The temple is situated in West Raja Street very close the Vaisya Charities Choultry. An idol of Lord Shiva was established in this sacred place. Once upon a time, Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini. (an attractive woman) Lord Shiva fell in love with her and a holy boy-child named Maasaaththanaar (Ayyappan) was born as a divine fruit out of their love for each other. This holy child (Saaththanaar came to Kanchi and established an idol of Lord Shiva. The holy place gets its name ‘Maasaaththanrali’ from ‘Maasaaththanaar’ (the name of the holy child). By virtue of the boons granted to him by Lord Shiva, Maasaaththanaar became the head of other sub-ordinate powers of Goddess Kamakshi (Adhi Parashakthi).

90. Maandakanneesam

The presiding God in the temple is Maaandakanneeswarar.This temple is popularly known by people as Maandukanneeswarar Temple. This is a sacred place worshipped by Sage Maandakanni. The street, on which the site of the temple lies, is called Maandukanneeswarar Temple Street. The Maandukanneeswarar street is situated on a site very close to the Narayanasevasramam at big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) .. The temple is situated on the lower banks of the holy tank named Sagothara Theertham.(Otherwise known as Okkappiranthaankulam). Sage Maandakanni established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Maandukanni here, worshipped it and received boons which enabled him to bring five beautiful, female celestials (who used to dance in heaven and indulge in sexual pleasures with the celestials).Then, Maandakanni led a merry life enjoying sexual pleasures with them. Then he Got fed up of enjoying such pleasures (Sexual pleasures). Finally he turned to God for help. He worshipped God with great devotion and attained salvation.

The External View of Maadakanneesam Temple

91. Mukkaala Gnaanesam
(Thirikaala Gnaanesar Temple)

The presiding God in the temple is Thirikaalagnaaneswarar. This is a small temple in the campus of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) Bus Terminus. A group of Sages who wanted to gain spiritual knowledge of the past, present and future time, established an idol of Lord Shiva here and worshipped it. There is a pipal tree in the campus of the temple. Holy verses contained in the sacred devotional song “Kandha SashtiKavasam” written in colourful letters adorning the walls of the temple. There is a sacred place devoted to the nine holy planets in this temple. There is also a small place of worship devoted to Lord Sandeswararar. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple.

92. Mukthimandapam

This holy place is situated on the Western Bank of the Sarvatheertham tank. There are three important divine halls for salvation at Kanchi. They are found in the following temples:-

  1. The first one is in the sacred place at Muththeeswarar temple.
  2. The second one is on the banks of the Sarvatheertham tank.
  3. The third one which is very close to the sankara mutt known as ‘paramanantha hall’ has been converted into a masque.Those who pray with great devotion these divine halls, are sure to attain salvation.

93. Muththeesar Temple
(Ghandhi Road)

The presiding God in the temple is Muththeeswarar. This is a popular temple which is found in Adisonpet at gandhiroad of little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Thirukuripputhonda Nayanar a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva offered his holy services to God and attained salvation. There is a holy tank in the temple, where the devotee-Thirukuripputhonda Nayanar washed clothes of the Lord (Lord Shiva) who presented himself as a devotee. The white-necked kite, out of his great love for his mother fetched Amruth (the food of the celestials) for her. The holy bird was held in high esteem for this act by Lord Vishnu. Later this bird became the sacred bird vehicle of Lord Vishnu. By virtue of the boon granted to it, by Lord Shiva (as a result of the bird’s devotion to God) it was empowered to kill the serpents, (the sons of Kaththuru) which gave immense trouble to the holy bird. The temple then came to be known as Karudesam. The idol of Lord Shiva worshipped by the sacred, white- necked kite is behind the wall of the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple.

94. Muththeesam
(Javagarlal Street)

The presiding God in the temple is Muththeeswarar. This holy place is situated before the holy place Piravaaththaanam in Jawaharlal Street, at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple is in the form of a shed on the banks of the White pond. Once upon a time Sage vaamadevar went to sre kailash (the holy abode of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas) and worshipped Lord Shiva with great devotion. Lord Shiva answered his fervent prayer to him by offering him an idol.Sage Vaamadeva brough this holy idol to Kanchi, established it near piravaadaanam and worshipped it.

95. Yadhothakaari Perumal Temple
(Sonnavannamseytha Perumal)
The Main Tower of Yadhothakaari Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Yadhothakaariperumal and the consort of the presiding God is Komalavalli. It is a very sacred place known as Thiruvekkaa. The figure of the Lord Vishnu lies in state in this temple. This temple is situated quite close to the rangasamikulam tank in Little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple stands as a monument which expresses the greatness of Thirumalisai Alwar to the world. By the blessings of Thirumalisai Alwar an aged lady, (who was under the influence of a curse) got transformed into a teen-aged girl. When news of this holy miracle, (transformation of an old woman into a teen - aged girl) reached the king of Kanchi, he made the necessary arrangements and God married to her. The king of Kanchi too, wanted to get back his youth. To get his purpose served the king asked Kanikannan the display of Thirunazhisai Alwar to bring Thirumazhisai Alwar into his presence. (At the palace) Kanikannan replied that his preceptor Thirumazhisai Alwar does not go to meet anyone. Then, the king who came to know that Kanikannan acquired a boon which enabled him to sing well, asked him

to sing a song in praise of him (the king). Contrary to the king’s orders Kanikannan sang devotional songs in praise of Lord Vishnu. Kanikannan chanted the holy names of Lord Vishnu as he was singing. The king was angry, because Kanikannan did not sing any song in praise of him. The king asked Kanikannan to leave Kanchi because he had disobeyed. Lord Vishnu felt a great remorse for the disrespect shown to his devotee and the sad light of his devotee. (Kanikannan)

On seeing the state of affairs, Thirumazhisai Alwar came to this temple and said to the Lord, “It would not befit a God as great as you to stay in this place where devotees are subjected to pain and suffering. So go away from this place”. God, who was always at the service of his devotees left Kanchi, following Kanikannan and Thirumazhisai Alwar. There was trouble and misery all about the holy place of Kanchi. The king felt sorry for his evil deed and asked the Alwar to pardon him. Alwar pardoned the king and begged Lord Vishnu to return to Kanchi. Lord Vishnu complied with the request of the Alwar and returned to Kanchi. From then on, Lord Vishnu came to be called SonnaVannamSeytha Perumal. The holy place where Lord Vishnu along with Thirumazhaisai Alwar and his disciple Kanikannan stayed for a night was known as ‘Orikkai’.

The Main Shrine of Yadhothakaari Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Yadothkari Perumal and the consort of the presiding God is Komalavalli. The holy tank where PoygaiAlwar was born is found here (in the temple). Devotees such as Peyalwar, Poigai Alwar Thirumazhisai Alwar and Thirumangai Alwar sang devotional songs in praise of the God in the temple.

96. Rishabesam

The presiding God in the temple is Rishabeswarar. This temple lies on the western bank of the holy waters of Sivagangai at Ekambaranathar Temple in big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The God in the temple was worshipped by the sacred bull. The white-necked kite (the celestial bird-vehicle of Lord Vishnu) was very proud of its strength, since it was able to carry Lord Vishnu on its back. Lord Vishnu, who wanted to put an end to his pride, rode on its back to the Kailash Mountains. When Lord Vishnu reached Kailash, he got down form his celestial bird-vehicle (the white-necked kite) at the gates of Kailash. Then he went into the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva and stayed there for a long time, while the sacred bird (the kite) was kept waiting at the gates of Kailash. The holy bull by its power inhaling and exhaling plenty of air was able to make the holy bird move back of forth. The bird grew tired as it was made to move hither and thither. Finally the wings of the holy bird broke away as it was constantly made to move back and forth.

Then the sacred bird, called Lord Vishnu for help. Seeing the plight of the bird, Lord Vishnu took pity on it and explained to Lord Shiva the harm done by the holy bull unto the kite. The news of the harm inflicted on the kite by the holy bull enraged Lord Shiva. He summoned the holy bull and said to it, “Since you have acted on your own accord, in this case without getting my prior permission I command you to go to Kanchi, take a holy bath in the holy waters of Sivagangai establish an idol (of Lord Shiva) and worship the God in that sacred place. This is the only way of washing away the sin of acting against your master’s (My self Lord Shiva) wishes”. The holy bull obeyed Lord Shiva’s command by acting accordingly (i.e., by establishing an idol of Lord Shiva and worshipping him). Then Lord Shiva granted the holy bull, a boon which enabled the holy bull to go back to Kailash. The holy bull also got back his holy position of being the holy vehicle of Lord Shiva.

97. Ruthrakotteeswarar Temple
(Konerikkuppam)

The presiding God in the temple is Ruthrakotteeswarar. At Konneri Kuppam there is an overhead water bank in a street which leads from the KonneriKuppam Railway track. This sacred temple is situated by the side of the overhead tank on the right side of the street. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in this temple. The figure of the holy bull, and alter (where all evil thoughts are destroyed) are left in the open space.

98. Ruthrakotteeswarar Temple
(Pillaiyarpalayam)

The presiding God in the temple is Ruthrakotteeswarar.At Pillaiyar Palayam, if devotees go along the path which proceeds form the left of the false chariot hall, they will find that there is a temple situated opposite to the sacred place - Sidhambaresam. After passing the main entrance devotees can get into the campus where we could see a small temple. The idol of Lord Shiva established here bears the holy name ‘Ruthrakotteeswarar’. Just opposite to the idol are separate places of worship devoted to holy bull and Lords Vinayaka and Shanmugha.

99. Romasaresam

The presiding God in the temple is Romasaresar. After gaining entry into Mammallan Nagar and passing through K.T.S Mani Street and then going (through K.T.S Mani Street) beyond the Satya nagar devotees come to the site where the Periyar Nagar lies. To the left there are some houses a little away from the railway track. After crossing the Railway Track if devotees walk up the path by the side of the track, they can reach the road on the banks of the lake leads to Vaiyavoor. Just opposite to the road on the banks of the lake, we can find board on the railway track with the numbers 32/900 on it. Just opposite to this part of the track (where the number 32/900 marked) on the left, there is an area which slopes downwards. In this area, there is a small temple in the form of a shed. It is a holy place worshipped by Sage Romesar. It is a very ancient temple. In sanctum-sanctorum of the temple stands an idol of Lord Shiva with a circular base. The idol has a graceful look about it. The presence of stone images, the idols of Lord Shiva scattered about the premises bear evidence that there was temple in this place long ago. The idol of Lord Shiva established by Romesar is in good condition.

100. Laguleesam
The External View of Laguleesam Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Laguleeswarar or Thavaleswarar. On the banks of the Sarvatheertham Tank in a corner of a road (adjoining the road) there is a small temple named Laguleesam. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Veguleesar-Thavaneswarar. Headed by Lagulan, the other Rudras such as Swethan, SwethaKethu, Swethaseegan, Swethasuvan, Swethalogithan, Sundaran and Thunthumi (who belong to the ancestral line of Rudras) established idols of Lord Shiva and worshipped them. There is a row of idols (idols of Lord Shiva) extending from Parasuramesaram in Pallur to the Sarvatheertham Tank of Kanchi. Out of these, only the idol of Lord Shiva established by Lagulan is in good condition.

101. Vasittesam

The presiding God in the temple is Vasitteswarar. This holy place is situated on the site opposite to the Santhaleeswarar temple-on the banks of a pond. The idol of Lord Shiva found in this temple was worshipped by Sage Vasishta.

102. Vairavesam

The presiding God in the temple is Soleeswarar. This temple is found in the Pillaiyar Palayam of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The street in which the temple is situated gets it’s named after this temple as Soleeswarar Temple Street. Ages ago, Lord Brahma boasted to the Sages (who in the Munjamaan Mountains) and told the sages dwelling in the mountain that he was the Lord of the whole Universe. The Sages, who believed Lord Brahma’s words, refused to accept what the holy text on Vedas said and went about speaking the greatness of Lord Brahma. Lord Vishnu who came to know, what was going on appeared to the Sages and said that he was the Lord of the Universe. There arose a rivalry between Lord Vishnu and Brahma as to who was the Lord of the Universe. Then, Lord Shiva appeared before them (Lords Vishnu and Brahma). Seeing Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu left the place. Lord Brahma greeted Lord Shiva sarcastically with the words, “welcome my dear son”. Lord Shiva, flew into a rage when he was addressed so. His rage brought forth Vairavar from his holy form. Then Vairavar according to the holy command of Lord Shiva destroyed Lord Brahma broke his fifth head and threw it away. Due to the mercy extended by Lord Shiva, life was restored to Lord Brahma. Then Lord Brahma rose up, raised his mind and heart to God and prayed to him telling him that he was sorry for his evil dead. He also asked God to forgive him. Then Lord Shiva commanded Vairavar to go to the celestials (Lords Shiva and Brahma) and ask them to offer blood for alms.

In accordance with the holy instructions of Lord Shiva, Vairavar struck Viswasena while he was discharging his holy duty (of guarding the entrance) wound his holy form on the three-pronged weapon. Then Vairavar went up to Lord Vishnu, in order to get blood for alms. While Vairavar was engaged in the act of drawing blood from Lord Vishnu’s holy form, he (Lord Vishnu) felt unconscious. Vairavar then returned to Kanchi after completing the holy task set for him and worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva who was immensely pleased with Vairavar, for obeying his (Lord Shiva’s) holy command and for his great devotion to him granted him a boon, which enabled Vairavar to take up his holy office of guard (of protecting Kanchi). Then Vairavar released Vishwasenar from the three-pronged weapon and restored him to Lord Vishnu.

103. Varadharaja Perumal Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Varadarajaperumal and the consort of the presiding God is Perundevithaayaar. It is a very sacred place at Little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , which is held in high esteem as Athigiri. This temple is situated in Little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is a very big Vaishnava temple at Kanchi (the devotees of Lord Vishnu). Lord Vishnu occupies this holy seat of unique distinction in this sacred place on a high mound known as ‘Athigiri Mountain’ and blesses the devotees who come here to worship him. The original name of the presiding God in the temple is ‘Giri Varadhar’. This holy name of the Lord has been slightly changed and he is now known as Karivaradhar. The holy mound in which the Lord (Giri Varadhar) presents himself with unique distrnction is called by the sacred name ‘Hasthigiri’.

Varadharaaja Perumal with His Consort Perundheviththaayar
The Main Tower of Varadharaaja Perumal Temple

By virtue of the holy presence of Lord, (Lord Vishnu) in this sacred place, the Vaishnavas (devotees of Lord Vishnu) affectionately call him by the holy title Athigiri Arulala Perumal. The presiding God in the temple is called ‘Devaraja Perumal’ or ‘Varadharaja Perumal’. The consort of the presiding God is Goddess Perundevi. The holy figures of the Gods (presiding God and the Goddess) are presented as standing in unique distinction. The holy figure of the Lord (Lord Varadharajar) made out of fig-wood is at the bed of the pond. Once every 40 years the holy figure of the Lord is taken out from the temple tank and kept for worship (by devotees). The stone-hall by the side of the temple tank is a shining example of art and architecture of that period. On the banks of the holy tank is a holy place devoted to Sakarathalawar. The holy place of worship known as the Valampuri Vinayakar Temple is found in the inner court of the temple. Sages such as Peyalwar, Budhathalwar and Thirumangai Alwar have sung devotional songs in

praise of the presiding God in the temple. The temple festivals namely-Garudasevai and the chariot festival are special festivals of the sacred place celebrated with great religious fervor and have won fame all over the world.

104. Valampuri Vinayagar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Valamburivinayagar. This temple is a separate holy place found in the court of the Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Vinayaka in this temple and finally got back the holy conch named Panchasanyam (a conch which possesses great holy powers) which he had lost. According to the holy command of Lord Varadharaja in this temple, Valampuri Vinayakar occupies his unique position by the side of Lord Varadharaja.

105. Valakkaruththeeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Valakkaruththeeswarar. This temple is situated in a corner of the Gandhi Road at Addisonpet, just opposite to the State Bank of India (in a site a little away from the road). The temple is known by the holy name Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple and the presiding God in the temple is known by the holy name Vazhakarutheeswarar. The holy idol of Lord Shiva is found in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple. The graceful idol of the Lord Shiva drives away fear from the hearts of the devotees and blesses them, so much so then the devotees find happiness enter their hearts where there was fear.

106. Valaththeeswarar

The presiding God in the temple is Valaththeeswarar. This temple is situated in a corner of the Vallatheeswarar Temple Street (adjoining the Keeraimantapam). Devotees can make their way through the Kovalan Street to reach the temple. The temple (the building) itself is by the side of the road. There is an iron gate at the entrance to the temple. The presiding God in the temple is known by the holy name Aramvalartha Eswarar. The temple has a wide campus. In the court of the temple are holy places of worship devoted to Gods Varasithi Vinayakar, Manthira Ganapathy, and God Subramaniya with his consorts Valli and Theivani and Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva), a group of nine holy planets, Lord Saturn, the Sun God, and the Moon God. As devotees go round the court of the temple, they come across the holy figures of Lords Vinayaka, Dakshinamuthi, Mahavishnu, Brahma, Goddess Durga and Lord Sandeswarar.

107. Vanmeeganathesam

The presiding God in the temple is Vanmeeganathar. There is an area called Salabogham at Pillaiyar Palayam in Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Devotees can reach the temple by making their way through SalaiBogham Street, then turn to the right, go along the narrow path a little distance and then turn to the left again. Here, there will be an outlet provided for water between two fields. The temple is situated among the fields, in a natural environment. Once upon a time, all the celestials performed a holy sacrifice to earn fame. Finally, the celestials found that their fame reached the heights of glory after performing the holy sacrifice. Lord Vishnu who wanted to get all the fame for him self stood there with the holy bow over his shoulders, ready to attack those who wanted to get fame.

Lord Indra rushed to Kanchi established an idol of Lord Shiva there and worshipped it with great devotion God arose from the ant-hill in the form of a white ant, ate away the holy bow of Lord Vishnu. The bow rose up with a sudden jerk and broke away pulling Vishnu’s head along with it. Then his head dropped to the ground. Finally, the celestials succeeded in earning and their fame spread throughout the world. Having successfully completed his task of bringing fame to the celestials, Lord Indra felt very happy. But he felt a throb at his heart when he thought he had inflicted harm on Lord Vishnu in his endeavor to win fame for the celestials. Lord Indra was at his wit’s end, not knowing what to do in order to set things right. After pondering over for a long time, he came to the conclusion that the only way to set things right, is to submit himself at the holy feet of Lord Shiva who is all powerful. So Lord Indra rushed to Kanchi prayed to Lord Shiva with great devotion asking him to restore life to Lord Vishnu and thus awaken him. Lord Shiva was moved by Lord Indra’s sympathy for Lord Vishnu and his great trust for him (Lord Shiva). So, Lord Shiva blessed Lord Indra and granted him boon which restored life to Lord Vishnu. Since, Lord Shiva who was present in the ant-hill granted boons to Lord Indra, Lord Shiva was called by the holy name Vanmeeganathar.

108. Vanneesam

The External View of Okkappiranthaan Tank and Vaanneesam Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Vanneeswarar. At Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , there is a street named Palla Street which separates from the Putheri Street (S.V.N Pillai Street). To the left of this street (Palla Street) there is street named Okkapiranthan Kulam Street. At the very entrance to the Okkapiranthan Kulam Street is a sacred hall where Goddess Elavaar Kulali sits in her sacred seat in unique distinction. To the right of this sacred hall is the Okkapiranthan Kulam called by the sacred name ‘Sagotharatheertham’. Just in front of this holy tank is the Kanni Amman Temple. The Shiva temple behind this holy tank is called Vaneesam. The God of fire (Lord Agni) worshipped the God in this temple and received the boon which empowered him to carry food offerings to celestials (whenever a holy sacrifice was being performed).

109. Vaanesam

The presiding God in the temple is Vaaneeswarar. On the Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) - Arakkonam highway there is the C.V.M Annamalai Nagar. If devotees go right into the residential area (of C.V.M Annamalai Nagar) they will come across a temple. Temple is situated very close to the Olimugamadhupettai on the left on the banks of the Kuttaikarai. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in this temple, placed in an enclosure which looks like a shed. By the side of the idol of Lord Shiva is a small sacred place devoted to Lord Selva Vinayakar the presiding God in the temple is ‘Vaaneeswarar’.

This idol was worshipped by the demon Vaanasuran. The demon Vaanasuran came here, for the purpose of attaining salvation. This sacred place is held in high esteem because it is in this sacred place that God granted Vaanasuram a boon which enabled him to rise to the position of General of the Divine Army of Lord Shiva.

110. Vaaleesam

The presiding God in the temple is Vaaleeswarar. Opposite to the Thiruvegambaranathar temple at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , outside the campus of the temple (Thiruvegambaranathar Temple) is the figure of the holy bull. Behind the figure of the holy gigantic bull, is the site of the Vaaleesam temple. The idol of Lord Shiva established and worshipped by Vaali (a holy monkey who belongs to the tribe of holy monkeys) was called by the holy name ‘Vaaleesam’. Vaali who worshipped the idol of Lord Shiva received a boon which enabled him to govern the tribe of holy Monkeys, So much so to say that he became the ruler of the monkey tribe. By this boon acquired by him, Vaali was able to get half of the strength possessed by the enemies who come to attack him.

111. Vigadachakkara Vinayagar

The presiding God in the temple is Vikadachakkara Vinayagar. This sacred place is found in the hall of thousand pillars at Ekambaranathar Temple of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . God Vinayaka is held in high esteem as the Supreme God of Victory (among the other holy forms of Lord Vinayaka). The God got this holy name ‘Vikarachakra Vinayaka’ big virtue of being at his best in performing holy dances in contrast to the holy Dances of other Gods.

112. Viswanathesam
The Inner View of Viswanathesam Temple




The presiding God in the temple is Viswanathar. This temple is called Kasiviswanathar temple. This temple lies on the western bank of the Sarvatheertham Tank. Lord Vishwanathar of Kasi, who wanted the people to know about the greatness and sanctity of the sacred place of Kanchi, came and stayed in this holy place (Viswanathesam) at Kanchi. Lord Viswanathar enjoyed his stay at Kanchi. There is a special sacred hall in this temple for attaining salvation.

113. Vinduveesam

The presiding God in the temple is Vinduveesar. There is a holy place devoted to Pillaiyar (Lord Vinayaka) in the court of the Thiruvegambaranathar temple of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) by the side of the sacred hall of Thousand Pillars. By the side of this sacred place, (devoted to Lord Vinayaka) is the holy place named ‘Vinduveesam’ which is a separate temple in itself. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in this temple. At the entrance to the temple are the holy figures of holy guards who guard the temple. Lord Vishnu who is able to see the dance performance of Lord Shiva in his holy vision (while he is a sleep) enjoys watching the dance performance. It was his earnest desire that Goddess Lakshmi and his other consorts too should be able to watch the dance performance. So, Lord Vishnu established a holy idol of Lord Shiva in the name of ‘Vindeesam’ and worships it. Lord Shiva, who was greatly pleased by his devotion, appeared before Lord Vishnu and granted him a boon which enabled Lord Vishnu’s consorts to watch the holy dance performance of Lord Shiva at Thillai (Chidambaram).

114. Virubaatcheeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Virubaatcheeswarar. Adjoining the Keerai Mandabam at Kanchi there is a street named Valatheeswarar Temple Street. The temple lies on the entrance of the street (on the right). Devotees’ can easily get into the temple as it is just by the side of the street. The temple has a small entrance. There is an idol of Lord Shiva here. Opposite to the holy idol of Lord Shiva is the figure of the Holy Bull and the altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed.

115. Vilakkoli Perumal Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Vilakkoliperumal and the consort of the presiding God is Maragathavallithaayaar. This sacred place is held in very high esteem as Thiruthanka. The street in which the temple situated is named Villakoli Temple Street. The presiding God in the temple is called ‘Villakoli Perumal’ (other wise known as Deepa Prakasar) and the consort of the presiding God is called ‘Marakadhavalli Thayyar’. Once upon a time, Goddess Saraswathi who wanted to destroy the holy sacrifice made by Brahma was making her way into Kanchi in the form of a river. Lord Vishnu, at the command of Lord Shiva, rushes to prevent it (river) from proceeding to Kanchi at

The External View of Vilakkoli Perumal Temple

midnight. Lord Vishnu, in order to keep vigilance on the path or course of the river stood as a brilliant lamp, established an idol in the name of Adhipidesam, received boons from Lord Shiva (as a result of his great devotion to the appointed task allotted by Lord Shiva) prevented river saraswathi from entering Kanchi and thus Brahma’s sacrifice was saved from getting destroyed. That’s how Lord Vishnu got the name Vilakoli Perumal and stayed in the presence of Adhipidesar (Lord Shiva). Peyalwar and Thirumangai Alwar (devotees of Lord Vishnu) sang devotional song about the God in this temple.

116. Vishwaksenam

The presiding God in the temple is Viswakseneeswarar. This temple is situated in Thiruvegambam Street of near a ration shop at Pillaiyar Palayam Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is a small temple. There is an idol of Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) in this temple. The temple is popularly known by people as Bairavar temple. Once upon a time, Lord Vishnu felt disappointed when he lost his sacred wheel. Lord Vishnu did not know how to execute his holy duty of offering protection to all the creatures without the help of the Divine Wheel. Lord Vishwasena, who wanted to make use of the opportunity to express his gratitude, thanked Lord Vishnu for relieving him from the 3 pronged weapon of Lord Vairava. Lord Viswasena then rushed to the Lord Veerapathirar Temple, to get the holy wheel from Lord Veerapathirar. Unfortunately, the holy guards-Banu and Kamban stopped him at the gates of the temple. Then Viswasena consulted the sages. The sages advised Viswasena to go to Kanchi and worship Lord Shiva.

In accordance with the holy instructions of the sages, Lord Viswasena came to Kanchi, established an idol in the name of Lord Shiva in the name of Vishwaksener worshipped him. Lord Veerapthirar then appeared before Viswasena asked God to offer him the holy wheel of Lord Vishnu. Lord Veerapathirar said that he did not have the divine wheel. Viswasena, who was at his wit’s end, performed a comical dance. All those who were watching the dance began to laugh Vendalai (a divine creature who wears a divine ornament) too laughed. As he (Vendalai) was laughing the holy wheel fell to the ground. Immediately Lord Vinayaka picked up the holy wheel and asked Viswasena to dance (the same comical dance) once more. Viswasena then performed his comical dance. Lord Vinayaka, who watched the dance performance with great delight, was greatly pleased with Viswasena. Then Lord Vinayaka returned the Divine Wheel to Vishwaksena. Lord Vinayaka, who watched the comical dance of Vishwaksena, came to be called by the holy name ‘Vikada Chakra Vinayaka’. This God (Vinayaka) is found in the hall of thousand pillars. Vishwaksene finally restored the Divine Wheel to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu, who was pleased with Vishwaksena as he had restored the divine wheel to him, blessed him and offered him the post of general of his divine army.

117. Veerabaththirar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Veerabaththirar. This temple is situated in Nellukara Street opposite to the Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) Town Bank (Head Office). There is an iron gate, at the entrance to the temple. In the court of the temple is a sacred place devoted to the nine planets. The holy idol of Lord Veerapathirar () in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple looks very graceful and attracts the attention of the devotees. Outside the temple, hangs a small board on which the name of the temple is written.

118. Veeraraagavesam and Lakshmanesam

The presiding Gods in these temples are Veeraraagavesar and Lakshumanesar. The temple is situated on a site amidst the fields in a serene place, very close to the Subramaniya Temple at putheri Street (.S.V.N Pillai Street) of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The temple itself is in the form of a small shed. Two idols of Lord Shiva are found in this temple. According to the holy advice of Sage Agasthya Sre Rama who lived in exite (seperated from his consort sita) came here, established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Veeraraghavesam and worshipped the holy idol. Lord Shiva who was immensely pleased with Lord Sre Rama’s great devotion to him appeared to him and Granted Lord sre Rama weapons of war like Pasupathasthiram (a holy weapon of Lord Shiva), Brahmashthiram (a holy arrow of Lord Brahma), and Narayansthiram (a holy arrow of Lord Vishnu).lord Shiva also granted him a boon which would offer him great strength to overcome his enemies and redeem his consort Sita, return to Ayodhya and occupy his seat there as the king of Ayodhya. Lord Shiva then blessed him with a happy and a prosperous life. There is an idol worshipped by Rama’s divine brother Lakshmana (by the side of idol established by Sre Rama). These idols are found side by side in the temple.

119. Veeraattagaasam

The presiding God in the temple is Veeraattagaseswarar. At Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , in a site (to the left of the street) where the Apparao Mudaliar Street joins the road to Enathur there is a temple. It is an ancient temple. During the period of destruction, (when destruction of worlds takes place) Ruthran (a holy form of Lord Shiva) emits rays of sacred fire through his third divine eye present in his forehead. When the worlds are set ablaze by the holy fire, (sent out as rays through Lord Shiva’s forehead) Lord Shiva laughs away to glory. This holy laugh of Lord Shiva (when the worlds are being destroyed) is termed “Veerattagesam”. This Siddhas (class of celestials) acquired the eight great mysticpowers after worshipping the presiding God in the temple. Sage Konkanavar worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple. Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva and acquired the boon which enabled him to get the complexion of a coral.

At the entrance to the court of the temple, is the holy figure of Lord Ganapathy. Opposite to the holy idol (in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple) is the figure of the holy bull and the altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed. There is a holy figure of Sakkiya Nayanar (a devotee of Lord Shiva) holding a stone in his hand. This devotee used to throw stones at the presiding God in the temple and worship God. Finally, this devotee attained salvation. There are four idols of Lord Shiva in the temple (other then the one in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple).

120. Vellakkambam

The presiding God in the temple is Vellakkambar. This sacred place is found in the inner court of the Ekambaranathar temple. Just opposite to the row of sixty three holy figures of Nayanmars (devotees of Lord Shiva) there is a small holy hall to the right where the idol of Lord Shiva is kept. This sacred hall is called by the divine name-“Vellakkambam”. It is a holy idol worshipped by Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma, who was as innocent as a new-born child, worshipped Lord Shiva with great devotion. So the sacred place gets its name “vellakkambam”.

121. Velukkai (Narasimmaperumal temple)

The presiding God in the temple is called Lord Narasimha and the consort of the presiding God is called Amirthavalli. This temple is situated in singapperumal koil street at little Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is a very divine place held in high esteem as Vellukkai. This holy place is otherwise known as Thooppul or Thumbavanam. There is a Narasimha Perumal Temple here. Lord Narasimha is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is a sacred place where Lord Narasimha occupies his unique place. Usually Lord Narasimha’s temples are found in caves, mountains and forests. This is a divine place where Lord Narasimha spends his time enjoying heavenly bless. Peyalwar and Thirumangai Alwar sang devotional songs on the God in this divine place. Lord Narasimha appeared to Sage Brigu in this divine place and blessed him.

122. Vaikunda Perumal Temple

The External View of Vaikunda Perumal Temple

The presiding God in the temple is called Lord Vaigundanathar and the consort of the presiding God is called Vaigundavalli.The sacred place is held in high esteem as ParameswaraVinnagaram. This holy place is situated in the street which separates from the East Raja Street at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) (very close to Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) Bus Terminus). The temple lies further up the street. The temple is a fine example of the art and architectural skill. The holy figures carved out of stone in the inner walls of the temple are really marvellous. The emperor Nandhivarma Pallava built the temple and established the holy figures of the God to suit his desire. The temple has two floors. On the ground floor the God sits in his unique position; on the first floor the holy figure of the God lies in state; on the second floor the figure of the God presents him as standing in his unique position.

In the first floor the holy figure of Lord Vishnu is presented as lying on a sacred bed formed by the holy serpents. Thirumangai Alwar (a devotee of Lord Vishnu) sang devotional songs on this temple. A special temple festival vaigundayegadasi is held with great pomp and show during the Tamil Month of Margali, (in the month of December) when the gates of sre Vaikundam (the holy abode of Lord Vishnu) are laid open. Devotees flock to this holy place in large numbers on this holy occasion to worship Lord Vishnu and receive his divine blessings. It is a famouse tourist centre.

123. Sukleswarar Temple


The presiding God in the temple is Sukleswarar. This temple is situated on a site on the Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) -Arakkonam High way between the Bharathi Bus Workshop and the Railway Level Crossing, in the campus of the Krishna Rice Mill. It is a new temple. When the earth was dug out in this place for constructing the rice mill a holy idol of Lord Shiva was found. Then the temple was constructed in the premises where the holy figure (idol of Lord Shiva) was dug out. The temple was built in the shape of the idol of Lord Shiva. There is a holy figure of Lord Shiva in the temple. The idol looks very graceful with the presence of sixteen holy stripes on it. Just opposite to the holy idol of Lord Shiva is a small figure of the holy bull and the altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed. There is an ion gate at the entrance to the temple. The holy name of the presiding God in the temple is Sukleswarar.

The Inner View of Sukleswarar Temple

124. Muppuraari Kottam

The presiding God in the temple is Yeesaaleeswarar. This holy place is known by the sacred name yeeyappillaiyar Temple Hall. If devotees follow the path adjoining the Santhaveli Amman Temple at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) and preceede three kilometres towords keelambi, they will be able to see the temple by the side of the road. To the left of the sacred hall is an idol of Lord Shiva. Ages ago, the Thiripuraaris who were staunch devotees of Lord Shiva (named Sudhanman, Suseelan and Subaththi) worshipped God observing all religious austerities. God (Lord Shiva) who was immensely pleased by their devotion to him appeared before them and said, “I am very pleased by your love and devotion to me. What boon do you want to receive from me? Tell me and it shall be granted”. The Thiripuraaris who heard Lord Shiva’s holy voice were overjoyed and said “We want you to allow us to take up the post of guards in your temple”.

Lord Shiva then commanded them (the Thiripuraaris) to go to Kanchi and worship him. In accordance with the holy command of Lord Shiva, they went to Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Muppuraareesam, worshipped him and attained salvation.

125. Narasingesam

The presiding God in the temple is Narasingeswarar. The temple is situated on the south western banks of a holy tank in the village of Damal (near Kanchipuram). There are no other holy figures except the idol of Lord Shiva here. Lord Narasimha who destroyed the demon hiranyan developed a thirst for blood, and went through the streets of Kanchi to destroy living-beings and draw blood from them to quench his thirst. Lord Sarabeswarar (a manifestation of Lord Shiva-an eight legged bird that can kill a lion) who wanted to put an end to the evil deeds of Lord Vishnu, took the form of a holy bird destroyed Lord Vishnu and covered his holy form with the skin of Lord Narasimha (the holy form of Lord Vishnu which is a combination of the figures of a man and a lion). Then, Lord Vishnu came to Kanchi, established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Narasingesam and worshipped him to wash away the sins caused by his evil deed (of destroying the demon Hiranyan).

126. Varaagesam

The presiding God in the temple is Varaageeswarar. This is a big temple situated on the south bank of the tank in the Damal Village. Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as a pig worshipped the God in this temple. The idol of Lord Shiva present here, is named Varaageeswarar. Ages ago, a demon named Hiranyaatchan rolled the whole earth into one and went away to the under world. Lord Vishnu, then took the form of a pig (Varaaga) destroyed the demon and restored the earth back to its original place. Lord Vishnu (in his incarnation) who succeeded in restoring the earth to its original place grew very proud. Lord Shiva, who wanted to put an end to his pride, took the form of a hunter, shot at the Varaagam (Lord Vishnu in the form of a pig) and killed him. Then Lord shiva wore the horn of the hunted pig as an ornament to adorn his chest. Lord Vishnu felt sorry for being proud and then left for Kanchi. At Kanchi, Lord Vishnu established an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Varageeswarar worshipped it and attained salvation.

127. Andhakesam

The presiding God in the temple is Andakeswarar and Now Called as Manigandeeswarar. This temple is situated in Thirupputkuli-a village to the west of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The Highway bordering the village is called Baluchetty Chattiram and the village is called Thirupputkuli. Those who travel by bus should get down at the Baluchettichattiram bus stop walk backwards and then turn to the south, to take the road that leads to Musaravaakkam. On this road, they can find the temple in the corner of the road. Ages ago Lord vairavar (the holy form Lord Shiva takes when he is enraged) destroyed the demon Andhagaasuran, (for his evil deeds) strung him on his three-pronged weapon and danced in this holy place.

The demon Andhagaasuran felt sorry for his evil deeds worshipped Lord Vairava and begged him to pardon him. Lord Vairava felt immensely pleased when the demon apologized for his evil deeds released him from the three-pronged weapon and dipped him into the holy waters of shivaganga to wash away his sins. Then, the demon felt very happy, and worshipped Lord Vairava and finally attained salvation. The presiding God in the temple is Manikandeeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Thiripurasundari.

128. Parasuraamechchuram

The presiding God in the temple is Parasuraameswarar. The temple is situated in Pallur-a few kilometers from Thirumaalpur-a village to the north of Kanchi). Lord Parasuraamar (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) established a holy idol in the name of Parasuraameswaram and worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva then granted him a boon, (as desired by Parasuraama) which enabled Parasuraama to destroy the demons, draw their blood, inorder to perform his duties to the departed souls (using blood for the purpose).

129. Renugechcharam

The presiding God in the temple is Renugeswarar. The temple is situated in Pallur - a few kilometers away from Thirumaalpur-a village to the north of Kanchi. The Goddess Renugadevi who lost Lord Parasuraamar (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) established a holy idol in her name and Worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva then granted her a boon to become a Goddess. Thus Renugadevi became a Goddess to the world.

130. Thirumaarperu
(Thirumalpur)

The presiding God in the temple is Manigandeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Anjanaakhshi. The sacred place known by the holy name Thirumaalpur is a unique, sacred place. Ages ago, Lord Vishnu used to place a thousand lotus flowers at the holy feet of Lord Shiva everyday and worship him. The practice of worshipping Lord Shiva in this manner was going on for a long time. One day, Lord Vishnu found that one out of the thousand flowers was missing. To compensate for the loss of a flower Lord Vishnu removed his eye from its socket, and laid it at his holy feet. Lord Shiva understood the depth of Lord Vishnu’s love for him, blessed him and conferred the holy title of ‘Bathmaatchan’ on him. According to the divine will of Lord Shiva, the sacred place came to be called ‘Maalperu’. The presiding God in the temple is Manikandeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is called Anjanaatchi.

131. Dharumesam




The presiding God in the temple is Darumeswarar. This sacred place is found in the Paranjothi Amman Temple which is situated in the Railway Road of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Very close to the sanctum-sanctourm of the temple where the shrine of the presiding God is kept there is a sacred place devoted to Dharumesar.

The Full View of Dharumesam Temple

132. Sigandeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Sigandeeswarar. This sacred place is found in the Paranjothi Amman Temple which is situated in the Railway Road of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . There are separate holy places devoted to Goddess Durga and Lord Vinayaka. In the holy place devoted to God Vinayaka there is a holy idol of Lord Shiva here which is called as Sigandeesar.

133. Muktheswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Muktheswarar. In the East Raja Street of Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , opposite to the Machchesar Temple, there is a site by the side of the street, where the muktheesar Temple lies. There is a very ancient idol of Lord Shiva here. The words ‘Mahadeveechcharam’ and ‘Manikeswaram’ are inscribed on a holy stone found in the temple.

134. Lingabesam - 1
(Kaamakkottam)

The presiding God in the temple is Lingabeswarar. In the outer court of the Kamakshi Amman Temple, at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) very close to the holy garden named Nandhavanam is a very sacred place devoted to Lord Viswanathar. An ancient holy text says that this holy place was called by the holy name-Lingabesam in ancient days.

135. Lingabesam - 2
(Ekambam)

The presiding God in the temple is Lingabeswarar. There is an idol of Lord Shiva by the name Lingabesam, very close to the sacred place where the holy elephants are kept in the campus of Ekambranathar temple at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) .

136. Kaalaththinaatham

The presiding God in the temple is Kaalaththeeswarar. This temple is situated quite close to the Uttrukketta Muththeesar Temple in Thirumetrali Street (Pillaiyarpalayam). If devotees follow the path between two houses (with the door nos 7 and 9) and then turn to the right we come to the site where the temple (KaalaththiNaatham) is situated. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the temple. Opposite to the idol is the figure of the holy bull and the altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed. There is a bael tree in the premises of the temple.

137. Anaadhi Ruthresam

The presiding God in the temple is Anaadhiruthreswarar. In the middle street of Pillaiyarpalayam, at Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) -there is a flour mill. Very close to the mill is a path that leads to this temple. Close to this temple is the PoyyaMoli Vinayakar Temple. Devotees can make their way to the Anaadhi Ruthresam Temple by following a path (that is at the back of the Poyyamoli Vinayakar Temple-an extension of Maadhanampalayam Street) and finally they will find the temple on the right. There is an iron gate in front of the temple (new way). The temple is in a pit. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the temple. Opposite to the holy idol is the figure of the holy bull and alter where all evil thoughts are destroyed. In the court of the temple are separate holy places of worship devoted to Gods Vinayaka and Subramanya .Opposite to the idol of Lord Vinayaka in his separate holy place of worship are images of holy serpents. There is an idol of Sandeswarar, a well and a temple tank in the campus of the temple.

138. Mahaaruthresam

The presiding God in the temple is Mahaaruthreswarar. This temple is situated in the Maadhanampalayam Street at Pillaiyarpalayam of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The door no of the temple is no 16. The temple has been well-built, inorder to bring out the holy grace of the temple. There is a wide holy hall on the left side of the inner court. In the court of the temple is a holy place devoted to God Anandhavinayakar. There is an establishment of holy serpents under a holy Bael Tree. Close to the holy Bael tree is a sacred place devoted to holy serpents in the name of Nagamman. Next, is the holy figure of Lord Subramaniya with his consorts Valli and Theivanai. As devotees go round the temple, the holy figures of Dakshinamurthy, Thirumaal, Brahma and Goddess Durga (in their separate holy places of worship) shower countless number of blessings on the devotees. The holy figure of Sandeswarar and a separate place of worship for the nine holy planets are found in the temple. There is also a holy figure of Lord Bairava (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) in the temple. Behind the temple, the holy plants apt for the respective holy planets are grown for the purpose of doing worship.

139. Muththeesar temple

The presiding God in the temple is Muththeeswarar. If devotees go beyond Subramanya temple situated in Krishnarayar Street (of Pillaiyarpalayam at kanchipuram) and then turn to the street on the left, they will find a temple. The temple has a graceful structure. There is an idol of Lord Shiva in the temple. Opposite to the idol of Lord Shiva is the figure of the holy bull and the altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed. There is also a holy place of worship devoted to a Goddess. In the court of the temple are the holy figures of chinthamanivinayakar and Sandeswarar.

140. Vilvanaadeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Vilvanaadeswarar. In the Thirumetrali Street at Pillaiyarpalayam of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , there is a temple devoted to Thirugnaanasambandhar. If devotees follow a small path adjoining the temple (Thirugnanasambandhar Temple) they will be able to cite the temple in a place called Sengunthar grove. There are bael trees in the temple. The idol of Lord Shiva present here is a very ancient and graceful one. The carvings on the holy figure of the bull display the skill of the sculptor. In the court of the temple is the holy figure of Valampurivinayakar. There is a separate place of worship devoted to Sandeswarar.

141. Ekambaranatham (Pillaiyarpalayam)

The presiding God in the temple is Ekambaranathar. In the southern limit of Puthupalayam Street (at Pillaiyar Palayam of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) ) very close to the false chariot hall-Poyther Mandabam, there is a Mutt-cum temple. Their holinesses Maadhava Sivagnaana Swaamigal and his disciple Sage Kachchiyappa stayed here and spread saivism.(Shiva religion that regards Shiva as the supreme being) The holy idol of Lord Shiva established by Maadhava Sivagnaana Swamigal is named ‘Ekambaranathar’. By the side of this idol, is the sacred place where the body of his holiness Sage Kachchiyappa was buried.

142. Dharumasiththeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Dharumasiththeeswarar. This sacred place situated in kachchabeswarar temple of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . There is a holy idol of Lord Shiva close to the sacred hall (where the holy figures to be taken out during temple processions are kept).

143. Yogasitheesam

The presiding God in the temple is Yogasiththeeswarar. This sacred place situated in kachchabeswarar temple of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is found on the left-inside the sacred hall

144. Gnaanasiththeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Gnaanasiththeeswarar. This sacred place situated in kachchabeswarar temple of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is on the left of the holy Nataraja hall. The idol of Lord Shiva present here faces the south direction.

145. Vedasiththeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Vedasiththeeswarar. This sacred place situated in kachchabeswarar temple of big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . This holy place of worship is situated near the divine assembly of Lord Nataraja. There is an idol of Lord Shiva here having four holy faces called by the holy name-Mughalingam.Since the holy idol has four divine faces the idol is also named Chathurmugheeswarar.

146. Yugasiththeesam
(Kachchabesam)

The presiding God in the temple is Yugasiththeeswarar. This sacred place is situated in the campus of Kachchabeswarar temple. The celestial tree apt for this sacred place is the Palas tree. Very close to this tree is a sacred place of worship known as Yugasiththeesam. There is an idol of Lord Shiva by the name Paadhaleeswarar here.

147. Lingabesam - 3
(Kachchabesam)

The presiding God in the temple is Lingabeswarar. This holy place is situated in the outer court of the Kachchabeswarar temple-very close to the Palas tree, in the campus of the temple. Devotees have to climb a few steps (stairs) as the holy place is situated on a higher level (facing the tank).

148. Lingabesam - 4
(Kaayaaroganam)

The presiding God in the temple is Lingabeswarar. This sacred place is found in the outer court of the Kayarohaneeshwarar temple.(kayaaroganeeswarar guru-temple) This is a separate sacred place of worship. The idol of Lord Shiva in this sacred place looks very graceful. Opposite to this is the figure of the holy bull.

149. Kaagavanam (kaganam)
(Agatheeswarar Temple)

The presiding God in the temple is Agatheeswarar. This temple is situated to the south-west of Kanchipuram , about 25 kilometers away at Kaaganam (near Vembakkam). All the crows joined together and established an idol of Lord Shiva in the presence of the holy preceptor Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi). The idol in the sanctum-sunctourm of the temple is called by the holy name ‘Agatheeswarar’. The idol looks very graceful. This holy place is held in high esteem because the Divine Preceptor Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) gave spiritual advice to his disciples and blessed them. Behind the temple is a sacred place where a holy bird (a descendent of Sre Kagabujandar) was buried alive.

Devotees who come to this sacred place are assured of the choicest blessings of the great preceptor Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) and God himself. Moreover, sre Bhaaskharamaharishi had a vision of this sacred place and the presiding God in his dream. Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi came to this sacred place, worshipped the presiding God in the temple and received his blessings. As per the holy advice of Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi, the village peoples dismandeled and reconstructed the Temple and did Kumbabishegam in the year 2004. Now special poojas and daily poojas are going on well as per the divine orders of Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi.

150. Sahasralingam
(One thousand Idols of Lord Shiva)

The presiding God in the temple is Sahasralingeswarar. In the second court of the Ekambaranathar temple (at Big Kanchipuram) in the north western corner there is a wonderful idol of Lord Shiva which has one thousand and eight holy idols of Lord Shiva (Shivalingas) within it.

151. One hundred and Eight Sivalingas
(Ekambam)

These wonderful idols of Lord Shiva are found in the inner court of ekambaranathar temple-in the north direction. The wonderful idol of Lord Shiva has one hundred and eight different idols kept on different rows.

152. Maarkandesam
(Ekambam)

The presiding God in the temple is Maargandeswarar. In the inner court of the Ekambaranathar Temple, close to the holy idols of Lord Shiva namely -Maththalamadhavesham and maargandesam are found side by side, in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple. It is the idol that was worshipped by Maarkandeyar.

153. Naagalingesam
(Ekambaranathar temple)

The presiding God in the temple is Naagalingeswarar. In the inner court of the Ekambaranathar temple, very close to the holy figures of Lord Aarumugha (Lord Muruga) and his consorts Valli and Theivanai, there is a holy idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Naagalingam. This idol is an ancient one.

154. Pralayam Kaaththa yeesar
And
155. Viswanaatham
(Ekkambam)

The presiding Gods in these temples are Piralayankaaththeeswarar and Viswanathar. These holy places are found in the court of the ekambaranathar temple at big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . Just before the holy figures of the four Saivite saints (devotees of Lord Shiva namely-Thirunaavukkarasar, Sundarar, Gnaanasambanthar and Maanikkavasakar) there is an idol of Lord Shiva in the name of Pralayam Kaaththa yeesar. Close to this idol, is another holy idol by the name Viswanaatham. Now this idol (Viswanaatham) is called by the holy name Spadigamurthi.

156. Meykkandeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Meykkandeeswarar. This is a temple situated in Thondai Mandala Aatheena Mutt of Nimanthakkara Street at Big Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . The name of the idol of Lord Shiva established here is called Meykkandeeswarar. Devotees are sure to acquire wisdom if they worship this idol.

157. Vedapureeswarar

The presiding God in the temple is Vedapureeswarar. It is a sacred place devoted to Lord Shiva found in the outer court of the Karukkinil Amarnthaval Temple near Mettu Street. The idol looks very graceful and bears the name Vedapureeswarar.

158. Siththeesam

The presiding God in the temple is Siththeeswarar. In the Aaladi Pillaiyar Street at Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) in the court of the Panaamudeeswarar temple, very close to the holy place devoted to Varasiththi Vinayakar, there is another holy place devoted to Siththeesar. Outside this holy place is the figure of the holy bull and the altar where all evil thoughts are destroyed.

159. Ayyanaar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Ayyanaar. In the northern limit of Krishnadevarayar Street of Pillaiyarpalayam at Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) there is a separate temple devoted Lord Ayyanaar. The temple is popularly known by the people as Ayyanaarappan Temple. In the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple is the holy figure of Ayyanaar with his two consorts. The holy name of Lord Ayyanaar is this temple is now popularly known by another holy name-‘Lord Ayyappan’.

160. Jain Temple
(Arulmighu Thiruloggiyanathar Swamy Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Thiruloggiyanathar or Varthamaana Mahaaveerar. This temple is situated on a site about 4 kilometers from the Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) Bus Terminus in the south western direction-at Pillaiyar Palayam.(On the outskirts of the Thiruparuththikkunram Village) by the side of the road that leads to Perumbakkam ie.on the banks of the River Vegavathy. The shrine in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple is called by the holy names-Thirulogiyanathar, Aadhi Bhagavan and Vardhamanar. Other Theerthankararars are Pushpanandhaswamy Senachchaariyar, Malli Senachchariyar, SundeeraKeerthi Senachchariyar, Ananthaveeriya Senachchariyar and Munipunga Senachchariyar.
The Main Tower of Jain Temple

There is a flag post in the campus of the temple and the altar where evil thoughts are destroyed. There is an inner court where the shrine of the presiding God Lord Vardhamana is presented as sitting in unique distinction doing meditation. To the south of the presiding God there is a separate sacred place devoted to Goddess Dharma Devi. In the outer court of the temple, in the south-western corner, there is a separate place of worship for Lord Brahma. The holy figure of Lord Brahma is presented as sitting in his holy seat. As devotees go round the court of the temple, they will come across a sacred tree-‘Dharmakura’, apt for this holy place. This tree is more then 2000 years old. Just opposite to holy altar (where all evil thoughts are destroyed) to the north is a holy well, which contains the holy water of this sacred place. This divine well was dug during the age of the Mooventhaas-the Chera, Chola and pandiya rulers. To the north of this sacred well there is a separate place of worship devoted to Munivasar (also known as Paasunathar).

He is the 23rd Theerthankarar. The word Theerthankara means Preceptor of Jainism.

Arunagirimedu

To the south west of thiruloghiyanathar temple, is a sacred place-arunagiri medu on the banks of a lake. The sacred bodies of pushpaanandhasenachchariyar, anandaveeriyavaamanachchariyar, chandrasiththasenachchariyar and mallisenachchariyar buried here. The simmavarma pallava built this temple during the period of his reign at Kanchi (a.d.550-a.d.575). The sacred place where the Jain temple stands is held in high esteem as ‘Vardhamadeeswaram’.

Dharmakura Tree

This holy tree symbolizes Dharma (the law of righteousness). This peculiar tree, after reaching a medium height, does not grow further nor grow smaller as years pass by. The sacred tree has the unique power of protecting the rule of kings who used to hold a scepter in their hands. A scepter is a divine rod held by a king to symbolize his rule that upholds truth and justice. Symbolizes

161. Thirumaagaral (Magaral)
(Thirumaagaraleeswarar Temple)
The Main Tower of Thirumaagaraleeswarar TempleThe Front open View of Thirumaagaraleeswarar TempleThe Main Shrine of Thirumaagaraleeswarar Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Thirumaagaraleeswarar or Udumbeeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Thirubuvana Naayagi. This temple is situated in Magaral, a sacred place (a village) about 15 kilometers away from Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) -on the bus route from Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) to Uthiramerur. This temple is known by the people as Thirumagaraleeswarar Temple. The presiding God in the temple is called Thirumagaraleeswarar and the consort of the presiding God is called Thirupuvananayaki. The sacred place is held in high esteem, because Saint Thirugnanasambhanthar (a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva) came here and sang devotional songs on the God in this temple. The great saint Thirugnana Sambandhar has said that people can wash away their sins by worshipping the God in this temple. The diseases of the devotees could be cured if they pray with great devotion to the Lord Thirumagaraleeswarar (Lord Shiva).

Lord Brahma worshipped the presiding God here. When the Chola king came to this holy place for hunting-in a place overgrown with wild plants, his arrow accidentally fell on a holy, gold lizard (a big lizard) and plenty of blood oozed out from the wound. On seeing the plight of the holy, gold lizard (bleeding to death) the Chola king became unconscious. Then Lord Shiva appeared before him and commanded him to build a temple for him (Lord Shiva) and blessed him. The Chola king then established a holy idol of Lord Shiva, which was an exact replica of the holy, gold lizard. Built a big temple for Lord Shiva and placed the holy idol in the temple. The holy place gets its name Magaral, from the demon named Magaran who worshipped the God in this temple and attained salvation. Many sages came here to worship God.

162. Sanjeeviraayar Temple
(Ayyangarkulam)

The presiding God in the temple is Sanjeeviraayar (Sanjeevi Aanchaneyar). South of Kanchi, on the southern bank of River Palar, there is a holy place known as Iyyangarkulam. In this holy place, there is a temple called Sanjeevirayar Temple. When Lord Hanuman (Anjaneya) carried the holy Mountain named Sanjeeva to Ceylon, a small piece from the mountain dropped in this holy place. The unique greatness of the temple lies in the fact that Lord Hanuman came here, all by himself and has been staying in this holy place. Since time immemorial and blesses the devotees who come to this sacred place. It is the only big Anjaneyar Temple in the South India. The water of the holy tank in the temple is known as ‘Nadaivavi’.
The External View of Sanjeeviraayar Temple

Every year when the temple festival - Chitra Pournami is held with great pomp and show, Lord Varadharaja Perumal of Kanchi sets his holy foot on this sacred place and blesses the devotees who come to the temple on this auspicious day. On the night of the auspicious day, Lord Anjaneya and Lord Varadharaja Perumal get into the holy tank and have a holy bath together. Then they occupied their holy seats side by side (in the sacred river Palar) with unique distinction and bless the devotees with all good fortune. No one has died of snake-bite in this sacred place since ancient times. The fort which has been built by Lord Anjaneya lies to the north of this sacred place. Worship is conducted by devotees would have the desired effect on then if he (Hanuman) worshipped on the auspicious day when the star Moolam falls.

163. Thiruppanamur
(Thirubuvaneswarar Temple)

The presiding God in the temple is Thirubuvaneswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Thirubuvana Naayagi. To the South West of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) about 20 kilometers away, very close to Vembakkam (a small Village) there is a sacred place name Thirupanamur. The presiding God in the temple is Thirubhuvaneswarar and the consort of the presiding God is Thirupuvananayagi. This temple was built during the age of the Cholas. Lord Shiva fulfills the wishes of his devotees. It is a holy idol, worshipped by the divine Preceptor Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi). This divine preceptor worshipped Lord Shiva, in this sacred place and received many boons from him. The Chola king worshipped Lord Shiva here, went abroad and established his supremacy there. His fame spread throughout the globe and the little ‘Thiribhuvana Chakravarthy’ was conferred on him. This sacred place is held in high esteem, because Lord Thiurbuvaneswarar came here on his own accord and occupied his seat of unique distinction here.

164. Thiruppanangaadu (Thiruvanpaarthaan Panangaattur)
(Thaalapureeswarar Temple)

The presiding God in the temple is ‘Thaalapureeswarar or Panangaattunathar’ and the consort of the presiding God is ‘Thaalaburi Naayagi’. This sacred place named Thirupanangadu, lies to the south of Kanchi-on the southern banks of the River Palar, about 10 kilometers away. This place is known by the holy name Thiruvanparthaan Panangattur in the holy text Theveram. This sacred place is held in high esteem, because Sundaramurathi Nayanar (a devotee of Lord Shiva) had the good fortune of seeing the holy form of Lord Shiva and receiving Amruth (the food of the celestials) from him to satisfy his hunger. The famous Sundara Theertham (holy tank) is found in this sacred place. The two holy idols worshipped by Sage Agasthya and his disciple Pulathiyar are found in two separate holy places in the same temple. The presiding God in the temple is known by the name Thalapureeswarar. The presiding God in the temple possesses the great power of offering eye-sight to those who have lost eye-sight. Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi), the divine Preceptor worshipped the God in this temple. A Sage by the name Kottaimuni was born here and he received spiritual wisdom. The holy figure of Sage Kottaimuni presents him as in his sacred seat in a separate temple, very close to the Thalapureeswarar temple and blesses the devotees who worship him.

165. Kuranganilmuttam
(Valeeswarar Temple)

The presiding God in the temple is ‘Vaaleeswarar’ and the consort of the presiding God is ‘Yirayaarvalaiyammaii’. South of Kanchi, about 7 kilometers away - there is a village named Dusi. To the east of this village, there is a sacred place called ‘Kuranganil Muttam’. Saint Thirugnanasambanthar (a devotee of Lord Shiva) sang devotional songs on God in this temple. The monkey, the squirrel and the crow worshipped the God in this sacred place and received the boons they aspired for and finally attained salvation. The God in this temple guards and ensures safety to human-being against all harm caused by other creatures. So he is considered as a very supreme God.

166. Sumangali
(Sathyanatheeswarar Temple)
The Shrine of SathyanaatheeswararThe External View of Sathyanatheeswarar TempleThe Shrine of Sumangali Nayagi

The presiding God in the temple is ‘Sathyanatheeswarar’ and the consort of the presiding God is ‘Sumangali Naayagi’. To the south west of Kanchi, about 20 kilometers away on the road that leads to Cheyyar from Vembakkam, there is a small village - Sumangali. Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi was born as a son to this sacred place, itself. Once upon a time, the Lord Yama (the God who brings death to creatures) took away the life of Satyavaan. His wife Savithiri, who wanted to bring Satyavaan back to life, established an idol of Lord Shiva and worshipped it. Lord Shiva who was much moved by the great love of Savithiri for her husband and for her devotion to him, (Lord Shiva) beckoned Lord Yama, made him awaken Satyavaan who was died and granted Savathri a boon which enabled her to lead a long and happy life with her husband. From then on Lord Shiva too sits in unique distinction in this sacred place. Women who worship the God in this temple will never lose their husbands when they are alive. Those who worship the presiding God with great devotion are free from the fear of death. Bhaaskharamaharishi has engaged himself in discharging divine services to the temple.

167. Naatteri-Brahmmadesam
(Chandramavuleeswarar Temple)
The Inner Sanctum of Chidambareswarar TempleThe Southern Entrance of Brahmadesam TempleOpen View of Brahmadesam Temple

The presiding God in the temple is Chandramavuleeswarar. To the west of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , about 30 kilometers away, there is a holy place known as Natteri Brahmadesam (or Brahmadesam). Lord Brahma, who lost his unique holy post, worshipped God (in this temple) with great devotion and got back his holy position (as the Lord of creation). This stone temple was built during the age of Cholas. This temple is a shining example of the architectural skill of that period. Cholas who worshipped the God in this sacred place, waged wars returned victoriously after battles and were able to establish their supremacy through out the length and breathe of the country (India). The God in this sacred place is in an all-powerful one, so much so, he is able to bring fame and name to all those who worship him. Sage Agasthiya and many other sages worshipped God in this temple and acquired the 8 great mystic powers.

168. Thiruvathipuram (Cheyyar)
(Vedapureeswarar Temple)

The name of the presiding God in the temple is ‘Vedapureeswarar’ and the consort of the presiding God is ‘Baalagujaambaal’. To the south west of Kanchi, about 40 kilometers away, there is a holy place called Thiruvathipuram. This sacred place is known as Cheyyar (in recent times). There is a temple devoted to ‘Vedapureeswarar’ the northern banks of the River Cheyyar. Since Lord Vedapureeswarar came to this sacred place and imparted spiritual knowledge to the celestials regarding the Vedas, the sacred place came to be called ‘Thiruvothur’. It is in this sacred place that saint Thirugnanasambanthar used his holy miraculous powers and transformed a male palm tree into a female palm tree. Arunagirinathar (a staunch devotee of Lord Muruga) worshipped the God in this temple and received boons from him (Lord Muruga). Devotees who worship the presiding God would get the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi and will be endowed with prosperity. The celestials came here worshipped God and acquired spiritual powers.

169. Bairavar Temple
(Alividaithaangi-Bairavapuram)
The Main Tower of Bairavar Temple

The name of the presiding God in the temple is ‘Sre Kaalabairavar’ and the consorts of the presiding God are ‘Sabthamaathaas’. South west of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) about 20 kilometers away, there is a village (near Vembakkam) which is under the control of the Azhividaithangi village Panchayat by the name Bairavapuram. The Pancha Pandavas (the five son of king Pandu) stayed here with their army, prayed to Lord Bairava and the presiding Goddess who exercise her divine control and rules Bairavapuarm received the sacred blessings of Lord Bairava and Goddess Vishnu Durgai, waged a war against Kauravas and returned victoriously after the battle and got back their lost kingdom. Lord Kala Bairva (a manifestation of Lord Shiva) sits with unique distinction in this sacred place and the eight villages (under the control of Azhividaithangi Panchayat) are under his divine protection. The God possesses the miraculous power of driving away the evil spirits which do evil unto the people. Lord Bairava exercises his divine control over the 7 powerful deities. This is the only sacred place (temple) devoted to Lord Bairava in the South India. By virtue of the divine seats occupied by Lord Bairava and Goddess Vishnu Durgai (in separate places of worship close to each other) devotees who came to Bairavapuram receive countless number of blessings.

170. Kadambar Temple

The name of the presiding God in the temple is ‘Kadambanathar’. About 15 Kilometer away from Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) , on the road that leads to Uthiramerur (from Kanchi) there is a Village by the name Kadambar Koil. The God in this temple is called by the holy name ‘Kadambanathar’. The very fact that this sacred place is situated on the western banks of the river Cheyyar which flows in the north-south direction, bears testimony to the sanctity of the sacred place. Ages ago, Lord Shiva sent his divine son, Lord Muruga to destroy the demons-Malayan and Magaran. In accordance with the holy instruction of his Divine Father-Lord Shiva, he (Lord Muruga) destroyed the demons and returned to his father in this sacred place. Since then, Lord Shiva sits in unique distinction here and he came to be called ‘Kadambanathar’ (bearing the holy name of his holy son) Lord Shiva has a high regard for this holy place, (greater than his regard for Kasi) since he loved his stay in this sacred place and therefore this place possesses immense sanctity.




When the ash of dead Pandya ruler (who was cremated) was taken to Kasi to be mixed into the river, a holy voice was heard. The voice said, “This is a sacred place that possesses greater sanctity than that of Kasi. So let the ashes to be spread over the sacred banks of the River Cheyyar”. In accordance with the holy command of God (a holy voice) the ashes where taken to the banks of the River Cheyyar. The holy place-the bank of Cheyyar had its miraculous affect on the ashes that were placed in this holy place, so much so that as soon as the ashes were spread over the banks of the River Cheyyar, they turned into divine gold-flowers much to the amazement of the people present there at the moment. Those who worship God in this sacred place are sure to attain salvation.

The Main Tower of Kadambar Temple

171. Karukkinil Amarnthaval Temple

The presiding deity in the temple is Karukkinil Amarnthaval. The temple is situated near Mettu Street in Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) . It is an ancient temple devoted to Goddess Karukkinil Amarnthaval. The holy figure of the Goddess is very ancient one. The shrine of the Goddess in the sanctum - sanctorum of the temple is presented in a sitting posture with eight Divine hands. She is one among the eight Deities appointed by Lord Bairava those guards the eight Directions of the Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) City. She is the Deity who guards the southern Zone of Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) especially Pillayarpalayam. Thus the Goddess appears as a very powerful one, who is able to overcome all evils.

172. Narasamangalapperumal Temple
(Dusi Mamandur-Narasamangalam)

The presiding God in the temple is called Lord Narasamangalapperumal and the consort of the presiding God is called Narasamangalaththaayaar. This temple is situated in a small village named “Narasamangalam” which is placed near Dusi-Mamandur village about 11 kilometers south to Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) in Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) -Vandawashi Highway. It is a very divine place held in high esteem from the olden days. Once upon a time The Demon Hiranyan Did penance on Lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva, who was much pleased by Hiranyan’s devotion to Him, granted him away a very powerful boon which assured him protection of life (his life) against any harm to his life on earth, in the sky, by weapons, animals, creatures or by any other power in any place-in a dry place or in a wet place. (Day or night) In short, he was blessed with everlasting life. No power in the three worlds could do anything to destroy him. Moreover, he was able to gain mastery over the three worlds.

Later, By using the powerful boon, the demon Hiranyan ruled all the three worlds with violency.All the Celestials went to Lord Vishnu and prayed him to protect them from the demon Hiranyan to protect the law of justice in the world. Then, Lord Vishnu took the form of “Narasingar” (the holy form of Lord Vishnu which is a combination of the figures of a man and a lion) and destroyed the demon Hiranyan here. From then on Lord Narasingar Blesses the devotees in the name of Narasamangalapperumal from here. This is a divine place where Lord Narasimha spends his time enjoying heavenly bless. This Temple was constructed by the great Pallava empires. A panjapandavar cave also exists near the Temple.

173. Harichandra Temple
(Sothiyambakkam)

The presiding God in this sacred place is Harichandra and the consort of the presiding God is Chandramathi. On the High way that leads to Vandavasi about 13 Kilometers away from Kanchipuram (Kancheepuram) to very close the Village Dusi-Mamandur there is a holy Village named ‘Sothiyambakkam’. Sothiyambakkam is a sacred place where Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi was born and brought up with the Holy powers of Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi).

As per the Divine orders of Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi), an Harichandra Temple was newly constructed by Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi here as per Aagama Sastra through the Charitable Trust managed by Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi. After this Temple there was twenty Harichandra Temples was constructed by Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi in twenty Two different places through his Charitable Trust “Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) Shiva Seva Trust”. The devotees those worships those Harichandra Temples will be fulfilled with full Divine powers leads to Dharma (Law of Righteousness).

174. Sre Kagabujandar (Sre Kakabusundi) Guru Temple
(Sothiyambakkam - Pavoor)
Introduction - The Presiding God of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple.
Main Staue of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple

The Supreme preceptor of the Universe Sre Kagabujandar the very incarnation and embodiment of the Supreme Shiva is undoubtedly the all powerful God Almighty Himself. He (Sre Kagabujandar) is the Supreme Preceptor of the Universe. The prime duty of the Supreme Preceptor, through the ages has been to impart spiritual knowledge and offer spiritual guidance to the divine Preceptor forms of Lord Shiva such as Vedamurthi alias Uthiramurthi - the divine Preceptor form of Lord Brahma, Krishnamurthi the divine preceptor form of Lord Vishnu and Gnanamurthi alias Dhakshanamurthi - the divine preceptor form of Lord Maheshwaran. The Supreme Preceptor who has been a unique spiritual teacher through the ages the worlds have passed by, will still continue with his divine venture (of offering spiritual guidance and imparting spiritual knowledge) in the ages to come. Thus He extends his everlasting supremacy over the worlds and rules them with Truth and Grace. The divine task undertaken by Him is of due importance as it lays emphasis on righteousness in all walks of life and helps promote peace and harmony for the survival of the worlds.

The lofty seat of spiritual excellence is Sre Kailash-the heavenly abode of the Supreme Shiva. At an elevation of about sixteen million feet from this heavenly abode (Sre Kailash) is situated the Great Amrithalok- the loftiest seat of spiritual excellence. In this sacred and secret heavenly abode, Sre Kagabujandar displays His sacred, gigantic form. This sacred abode of Amrithalok could be accessible only by great souls. In this sacred place the divine Preceptor is found seated with his consort Sre Baguladevi to His right, under the Karpaga Vritcha tree and He is surrounded by a court, comprising of several millions of celestials and sages who are always at His Holy Command. It is indeed a breath taking sight to see the Supreme Preceptor (in His holy gigantic form) with his consort Sre Baguladevi to His right, bless the Universe with His unique sixteen graceful hands with all good fortune. Thus we see that the Supreme Preceptor occupies His divine seat at Amirthalok under the Karpagavirutcha Tree and extends his divine rule over all the fourteen worlds with his millions of celestials and sages always at His Holy Service.

Sre Kagabujandar at Kanchi

Ages ago, the holy sub-planets namely the 12 Rasimurthis, 27 Nakshatramurthis, 11 Karnamurthis and 27 Yogamurthis headed by Lord Shiva made their journey to Sre Kailash. Desirous of attaining everlasting life and establishing their everlasting rule over the worlds they (the holy sub-planets headed by Lord Shiva) flocked to Sre Kailash and expressed to the Supreme Shiva their boundless happiness at His direct divine rule and over lordship over the vast universe. Then, they begged the Supreme Shiva to grant them boons which would ensure them everlasting life and thereby enable them to establish their everlasting rule over the worlds under the over lordship of the supreme Shiva. They also added that they would be ever grateful and thankful to him if He would fulfill their wishes and enable them to rule the worlds under His divine supremacy. The Supreme Shiva, who had been lending a patient ear till then, thought for a while and then commanded the holy, sub-planets to abide by his divine conditions to help them acquire their boons.

The Supreme Shiva in His extempore speech insisted that they (the holy sub-planets) should go to the ideal, holy place of Kanchi which ranks first among the other holy places for sanctity, righteousness and salvation. The very act of setting their holy feet on the sands of Kanchi would empower them. He also underlined the need of doing penance in this sacred place which is noted for sanctity, righteousness and for attaining salvation to enable them to acquire the boons they aspired for. According to the holy command of the Supreme Shiva, the holy planets should go to the Jothivanam, which lies in the southern celestial boundary of Sre Kanchi and to the north of The Holy river Cheyyar to do penance for acquiring boons. The celestials obeyed the holy command of the Supreme Shiva by going to Kanchi and doing penance at Jothivanam (Sothiyambakkam) which is an apt holy place in all respects.

The Supreme Shiva's love for the celestials knew no bounds. His divine heart throbbed in His Breast when He came to understand the severe penance done by the celestials as a mark of respect and adoration for him.As an answer to the severe penance done by the celestials,He presented Himself at Sothiyambakkam in Kanchi as Sre Kagabujandar-the very embodiment of the Supreme Shiva.It was a marvelous sight to see the gigantic form of Sre Kagabujandar as He appeared on the earth with his consort Sre Baguladevi to His right and several millions of Celestials and Sages surrounding Him. The face of the Supreme Preceptor-Sre Kagabujandar was full of heavenly radiance and the whole celestial border was lit up with His radiance.

Sre Kagabujandar at Sothiyambakkam-Pavoor (Near Kanchipuram).

Front View of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple

The Supreme Preceptor-Sre Kagabujandar appeared at Sothiyambakkam-Pavoor with His Consort Sre Baguladevi and His holy band of Celestials and Sages in the celestial boundary of Kanchi. His divine face shone with the heavenly radiance of several millions of suns. Words cannot describe to you the beauty and radiance of the Supreme Preceptor's gigantic holy form. As soon as the Supreme Preceptor made His divine appearance, the holy sub-planets flocked to him, knelt before Him and worshipped Him as a mark of their veneration for their Supreme Preceptor who was ready to fulfill their wishes. Sre Kagabujandar in turn, took Amrith from the celestial pot held in one of His divine hands and offered it to the sub-planets, blessed the sub-planets with His sixteen mighty hands, granted them the boons which would enable them to live an everlasting life and extend their everlasting rule over the worlds under the Supreme Preceptor's over lordship in the ages to come. The Supreme Preceptor had allotted a Naligai period (a measure of time consisting of 24 minutes according to the celestial calculation of time) to carry out His divine task of making His divine appearance with His consort Sre Baguladevi and His mighty, holy company of celestials and sages for the soul purpose of blessing the sub-planets and for granting them the boons they aspired for. Having completed His divine tasks the Supreme Preceptor with His consort Sre Baguladevi and millions of celestials and sages (who accompanied the Supreme Preceptor) left for the heavenly abode of Amrithalok.

Just as one lamp lights another, Nobleness enkindles Nobleness. The same principle has found its application when the holy powers of the Supreme Preceptor, His consort Sre Baguladevi, the countless number of Celestials and Sages who were present on the holy occasion (when the preceptor blessed and granted boons to the holy sub-planets) transferred the holy powers to the existing holy powers of the sacred place of Kanchi and empowered and enlightened it (Sre Kanchi) to such an extent that every inch of the holy place of Sothiyambakkam-Pavoor was engulfed in sanctity and the air was filled with celestial fragrance. Thus we see, the great holy powers pervade the entire sacred place of Kanchi, with its main focus on the Celestial boundary called Sothiyambakkam-Pavoor. Since the inhabitants who lived in the Celestial boundary of Kanchi had seen the glittering holy form of Sre Kagabujandar glow with the light of several millions of Suns, the place was named Sothiyambakkam (Jothiyambakkam).

Southern Side View of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple

Later the place within the Celestial boundary was split up into three different sub-urban areas in three different directions. The sacred place to the north was called by the holy name-Sothiyambakkam, the sacred place to the south was called by the holy name Pavoor, and the sacred place to the east was called by the holy name Bagavandapuram. Amazed at seeing the brilliant holy form of The Supreme Preceptor, the Celestials and Sages who were present at the holy occasion chanted Hymns in praise of the Lord and expressed their delight. So the place has another holy name Pavoor to its credit and the place lies to the south of the main village (Sothiyambakkam). Moreover, since many of the inhabitants of the surrounding area witnessed this heavenly, holy scene the place in the east of the main village (Sothiyambakkam) came to be called Parthargal (Parthangal). Atpresent Parthangal is known by the official name of Bagavandapuram. This is so because The Supreme Preceptor came to occupy His holy seat in this holy place since time immemorial. The appropriate place where the Supreme Preceptor made His holy appearance lies on the outskirts of Pavoor, The holy place was called Sothiyambakkam-Pavoor. Thus we see that the holy name of Pavoor was suffixed to it as the Supreme Preceptor had appeared at Pavoor. The place has another name Amirthalokh to its credit. This special name (Amirthalokh) speaks volumes of the greatness of the sacred place.

Sre Kagabujandar and Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi.

The Supreme Preceptor-Sre Kagabujandar exhibits His divine form and executes His divine work (Of imparting spiritual knowledge and offering spiritual guidance) through His disciples and thus establishes His over lordship over the entire Universe.

Sre Kagabujandar displays only one-fourth of His holy mighty form, with only four divine hands in the sanctum-sanctorum in the rest of the temples devoted to Him (In the world). On the contrary, He exhibits His complete divine form with His sixteen gigantic hands only in this unique temple which lies within the Celestial boundary of Sre Kanchi. In perfect compliance with the holy will of Supreme Shiva and to execute His divine duties in a greater measure and to drive away all evil and to sow the seeds of spirituality in the hearts of men in this critical Kaliyugha period and to uphold the principles of truth and justice it could be aptly said that Sre Kagabujandar, the very incarnation and embodiment of the Supreme Shiva has come to occupy His holy seat for the sole purpose of saving mankind and other creatures from all natural clamities. Thus He could be rightly called as our saviour.

In order to execute His duties to the last degree and as a first step of His holy plan aimed at promoting peace and harmony, He adopted a holy child who was born as incarnation christened Him with the holy name of 'Bhaaskharan' which is the holy name offered to the head of solar family-The Sun, and blessed Him with all good fortune. When He gained the grace of God as He attained the apt age to carryout His divine duties the holy title 'Guruji' was suffixed to His name. As days passed by, The holy child excelled in His divine services to the great Preceptor and proved His great devotion and executed all His divine works and services with such great fervor The Supreme Preceptor was immensely pleased, focused His holy attention on the holy child and looked up to him as one of the greatest disciples in the sands of time bestowed the holy title Maharishi and had it suffixed to the holy name of the child. Thus we see the burning love of the great preceptor for the child which drew his divine attention to Him (Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi) and the burning love of the Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi for the great preceptor which is set ablaze in His heart and never extinguishes, but glows more and more day after day.

Special Features of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple.

Site Map of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple Bus Root

This sacred Temple is situated sixteen kilometers (16 K.M.) from the temple town of Kanchi on the Kanchipuram - Vandawashi route at the junction of the Mangal Kott Road (MJN - Mangal Junction Road) in the inner road that leads to Puduppalayam. The holy place is aptly situated in strict accordance with the rules laid down by The Sre Kagabujandar Siddhar Sivagama Sastra and presents a unique and different Architectural skill. The main hall of the temple (Mandapam) adorns the very structure of the temple. On the tower of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple the figures of the divine creatures such as birds, animals and crawling creatures add their beauty and grace to the holy structure of the temple.

A temple with such immense holy powers with sixteen steps could be accessible only by great souls who yearn for the divine blessings of the great preceptor who had witnessed many ages (Kalpa periods) since time immemorial. It is a fact that mankind can redeem millions of sins which mar their souls by offering Cows as a divine donation. The blemishes, disturbances and evils caused by all the nine Planets could be easily removed by worshipping the Presiding God and by enhancing remedial measures as prescribed by the spiritual teacher. This holy place could aptly be called- Sathyavirthashetra. Since it stands to reason, that all evils and defects which harass men could be completely removed through the divine faith of the devotees on the presiding God, it is note worthy holy place for salvation. This divine faith would go a long way in making the devotees adhere to the remedial measures for the removal of the blemishes and bring light into their lives.

Sre Kagabujandar Charitable Foundation

Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi, the Founder and Managing Trustee of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple has founded a Charitable Organisation named as "Sre Kagabujandar Charitable Foundation" in order to fulfill the object of construction and maintenance of Sre Kagabujandar Guru Temple. Now the construction activities of the Temple is in progress through the Charitable Foundation. The Kind Contributions from our belowed devotees are welcome inroder to fulfill the task of completion of the Temple works as designed and educated by "Sre Kagabujandar to Sre Bhaaskharamaharishi" inorder to perform another "Kumbabishegam (Purification ceremony)" as shortly as possible.


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