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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. Using our international travel planner, Kanchipuram attractions like Kailasanathar Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Its a beautiful temple. The priest is well versed with english and told us the history behiind this temple. This temple is unique as it has a tunnel in which u need to go through as its supposed to re...  more »
  • The temple is built back in 6th century, made of sandstones and it's all single rock architecture! Mindblowing sculptures and impeccable architecture. Avoid summer seasons as the floor gets so heated ...  more »
  • This temple, with partially restored small paintings, is off of the beaten track, although Kanchipuram is the capital of Tamil Nadu, and home to a huge number of silk sari shops.  more »
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  • 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!
  • The oldest south indian temple.... Statues in the temple is bit corroded due to man made pollution to environment but kailaya nadhar in karuvarai looks alive .... Om namarshi vaayam....
  • Oldest Shivan Temple builded by Pallavas. Spciality is builded with stones.
  • A place which everyone miss to see while visiting Kanchipuram. Developed in 11th century. Has a very neat and tidy garden premise. Basically a siva temple but not crowded at all. Lot more peaceful. There is a cave which depicts the Birth and the death which is often adventurous.