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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  • August 8, 2017
    One of the first things we must remember in Kanchipuram, is that this is one of the seven sacred cities for Hinduism, known as the city "Golden of the thousand temples", dates back to the 7th century. Currently only seventy temples are intact, the most famous is this built in sandstone.
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  • July 11, 2017
    Very old & excellent temple built by by Pallavas using sand and additive. Still looks amazing and makes us wonder about the architecture knowledge of our ancestors. Must visit during your Kanchipuram ...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Temple complex is fascinating, lots of stone carvings and pillars that the local kids were playing hide and seek through. Like some Indian temples you can wander through barefoot to most areas.  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Old (is gold) temple with great architectural work. Must see. Outside of temple has grassy land for children play
  • June 26, 2017
    Awesome temple. U can see the great works of pallava rule there...the cave is the main attraction.. Don miss it...
  • June 18, 2017
    Old shiva temple. Looks awsome. Remain Closed in afternoon from 12.30 to 3.30. not maintained very well
  • March 24, 2017
    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!
  • July 4, 2017
    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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