Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

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Admire the exquisitely carved sandstone at Kailasanathar Temple, an ancient Hindu temple and the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. Built in the seventh century CE by King Rajasimha, this modestly scaled temple has an air of intimacy enhanced by the warm color of its masterfully arranged and adorned stones. Pyramidal shikhara, gopuram, and plastered walls feature throughout the temple, serving as examples for many later architects and stonemasons in South India. Known for individual worship, the complex features a sanctuary so small that only one devotee at a time can enter through a tight tunnel. Enter this "puja" and feel the sanctity of the ancient gods. Our Kanchipuram trip itinerary planner makes visiting Kailasanathar Temple and other Kanchipuram attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It is one of two places not to miss for those who went to Kanchipuram. But while the former has more a religious-cultural importance the Kailasanatha has historical importance more being the oldest built by Pallava
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  • The only temple that shocked me is Kailasanatha Temple only. Especially that circumbulation passage which will teach you all about life and death. A must visit for all those who are on a spiritual tou...  more »
  • The most historic - Kailasanathar temple. This temple is under ASI and hosts lots of damaged amazing sculptures. This is said to be the oldest temple in Kanchipuram. The temple is being renovated now....  more »
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  • Old (is gold) temple with great architectural work. Must see. Outside of temple has grassy land for children play
  • Awesome temple. U can see the great works of pallava rule there...the cave is the main attraction.. Don miss it...
  • Old shiva temple. Looks awsome. Remain Closed in afternoon from 12.30 to 3.30. not maintained very well
  • A serene and magnificent temple with beautiful and lively sculptures. It is believed that if you are able to navigate through the way behind the main shiv ling, you would be free from all your sins and rewarded rebirth. Don't miss capturing photos here!
  • Spectacular sandstone architecture,rare states of shiva exploded inthis temple wall.

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Typical hotels make up the bulk of the accommodation choices in Kanchipuram, with beach resorts in nearby Chennai. If you're looking for a different experience during your trip, explore the few guesthouses and smaller inns in the area. Many of the local residences have restaurants with vegetarian Indian meals. If you only plan on seeing a few attractions in Kanchipuram, it is easy to make a day trip from nearby Mamallapuram or Chennai.
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