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Kailasanathar Temple



Kailasanathar Temple
is one of the oldest structure in kanchipuram and the finest example of pallavan architecture in south india. This Holy Shrine is one among 275 Shiva Sthalam.

The foundation of the temple is made of granite while the superstructure is carved out of sandstone. The circumambulatory path around the sanctum is made in such a manner that it requires visitors to climb up and down a flight of seven stairs and to crawl through narrow ways.

The Temple is adorned with many interesting sculptures of Lord Shiva in 64 poses, which presents a picture of different aspects of mythology. The fresco paintings embellish the inner walls of the shrine. The Temple is unique in its architecture and is viewed more as an architectural wonder than as a holy place.

Pujas are offered regularly here to the Lord Shiva-Kailashanatha. The festival of Shivaratri is held here once every year. Of all the temples in India, no other edifice has been so elaborately filled with all the 64 aspects of Lord Shiva.

Shiva Lilarnavam, Sambu Nadaname and such other literatures have exquisitely described the dances of Lord Shiva.Through the construction of the Kailasanathar Temple was started by Rajasimha Pallava, it was his son Mahendra Varma Pallava who completed the construction.

Shiva lingam has the flat stripes inside the temple which is specialty of this lingam.



Kailasanathar Temple is located on the western kanchipuram and famous for artistic sculpture.Kailasanathar temple is one of the oldest temples in Kanchipuram.

The main shrine has a 16 sided Shivalinga in black granite stone deified in the sanctum sanctorum. Within the walls of the main shrine there is padabhanda adhisthana (main pedestal) with very elegantly carved images of gods with a sculpted Nandi, a little distance away giving guard to the deity.

Main diety kailasanathar of this temple is lord Maha shiva in linga form. "Maha shivrathri" is the famous festival in this kailasanathar temple.We can see plenty of sculpture work on and around the temple.

Kailasanathar Temple stood one of the architecture wonder in Indian history.Devotees can see 58 different best sculpted Shiva shrines around the temple.

Kailasanathar Temple is the name of several famous megalith rock cut kovils dedicated to the deity Shiva in the form Kailasanathar, whose primary abode is Mount Kailash from which the temples take their names and inspiration.Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is one the nice kailasakshetras.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite Om Namahsivaya or your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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