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Kamakshi Amman Temple



Significance of Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple :

Adi Sankaracharya
is significantly associated in the rich history of the temple.

Like many other ancient goddesses, the form of Kamakshi was less benign than the current form.

There used to be various forms of animal and human sacrifices in ancient Shakthi temples and it is believed that Adi Sankaracharya led to the more peaceful representation of the goddess by placing a divine Chakra before it.

It is interesting to note that there are no traditional Parvati or Shakthi shrines in the city of Kanchipuram, apart from this temple, which is unusual in a traditional city that has hundreds of traditional temples.This temple is
one among 51 Shakthi Peehas and 18 Maha Shakthi Peethas

It is also believed that Sankaracharya defeated Buddhist and other philosophers in this place, sparking a revival for Hinduism.

The main deity, Kamakshi, is seated in a Majestic Padmasana, an yogic posture signifying peace and prosperity, instead of the traditional standing pose.

The goddess holds a sugarcane bow and bunch of flowers in the lower two of her arms and has a pasha (lasso), an ankusha (goad) in her upper two arms.

One of them according to Kamakshivilasa is that the Goddess had to absorb all the other shakthi forms to give a boon to Kama, the Hindu god of love.

One of them according to Kamkshivilasa is that the Goddess had to absorb all the other shakthi forms to give boon to Manmatha (the Hindu god of fertility and love).

Kamakshi Amman Temple Story

According to references from scriptures, Goddess Kamakshi is basically a reappearance of Goddess Parvati. When, Goddess Kamakshi constructed a Shivalingam out of sand and reflected. After some span, Lord Shiva seemed and Parvati proposed marriage to him, to which Lord Shiva concurred. The Kamakshi Amman Temple is the main Goddess Parvati or Goddess Shakthi sanctuary in the city of Kanchipuram.

All the Devathas looked for the assistance of Lord Shiva for securing them from Bandasura evil spirit. God Shiva prompted the Devatas to go to Bala Tripurasundari Devi. The Devathas emulated Lord Shiva's recommendation and came to Kanchipuram camouflaged as parrots.

They appealed to Bala Tripurasundari Devi for help. The Goddess paid attention to their get and blast out of a Bila. She killed Bandasura and brought him from Kailasam to Kanchipuram.

According to the Goddess' wish Bandasura was buried there and the Gayatri Mandapam was constructed. The Goddess said that she would be bless all the enthusiasts with her vision, subsequently the name Kamakshi.



The kamakshi Amman Temple is located in the historic city of Kanchipuram, near chennai,India.The primary diety of this temple is Kamakshi(parvathi). kamakshi Temple is the famous temple  dedicated  to  kamakshi,one of the goddess parvathi.
Kamakshi Temple was created by palava kings,chariot festival (Ther) and float festival, (Theppam) are held in this temple.Navaratri, Aadi and Aippasi Pooram, Sankara Jayanthi and Vasanta Utsavam also be held in this temple.

This temple is popularly associated with Adi Sankaracharya, one of the greatest Hindu saints. Along with Madurai Meenakshi, Thiruvanaikaval Akilandeswari, Vishalakshi Varanasi, Kamakshi is an imporant part of worship of Parvati.Kamakshi offered worship to a Shivalingam made out of sand, under a mango tree and gained Shiva's hand in marriage.The Devi in this original Kamakshi Temple is called by various names like Kirtimati, Devagarbha in extant Tantric works like Tantrachudamani. She has four hands containing in each of them respectively, Ankusa, Pasa, Abhaya and a Kapala.

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 deposit your offerings in the hundi only

Don't s:

  • 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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