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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  • This is probably not the #1 top attraction in Kanchipuram, however, it is certainly worth visiting. Less impressive than the gateway towers of Ekambareswarar Temple, this low structure is the oldest t...  more »
  • The temple is located approximately 3 km from bus station, and is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. It is a Hindu temple in dravidian style of architecture. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is known for its historical importance. The temple was built by 685-705AD from the Pallava, and inside it contains a large number of sculptures, including many gods half animals. The structure contains 58 small shrines that are dedicated to various forms of Shiva. The temple is one of the most important tourist attractions of the city. No restrictions and in fact photographs and clothing. To see
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  • the kailasanathar temple (meaning:“lord of the cosmic mountain”), is built in the tradition of smartha worship of shiva, vishnu, devi, surya (sun), ganesha and kartikeya, in hinduism, a practice which...  more »
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  • An architectural marvel and a must visit temple. It is well maintained temple complex. However some people who visit the complex do not follow rules or decorum of the temple complex. Mainly people touch the beautiful architecture. It should be avoided if future generations have to see the temple. It is not a wheelchair accessible place. The complex gets crowded during long holiday weekends. More dustbins required.
  • Nice greenery. Staff working to retain garden in good condition. Many come here for picnic kind of experience. Many statues in good, bad, abandoned condition. Dustbin is a missing piece. And since it's easily accessible to everyone to touch all statues and that's gonna make it. Not survive long.
  • Very old and great architecture. You can't see the long lasting sand technology sculptures anywhere in the world. It's a pride of Tamilians.. Siva linga is huge in size and different in shape
  • It is the most liked Shiva temple. The unique part is that Shivalinga is eight cornered one. The tunnel experience of birth of a child is unique. One enters the tunnel and gets out as if he has been borne from mothers womb.
  • Must visit place awesome architecture by pallavas. You see how our govt is keen on saving our monument. Most of the statue are detoriated.
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