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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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  • Beautiful walkways with rich decorations. An old man, inside, the English perfect we gave a number of explanations and information.
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  • Must visit, the Linga is mammoth and divine..those who are able to, can try the crawling in and out experience surrounding the Linga,the priest was kind enough to explain its significance 
  • Kanchi is full of wonderful temple complexes. Kailasnath temple is another architectural wonder. It is a must see for all the art lovers as well as religious people and is near the Kanchi bus stand. A...  more »
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  • Impressive place for the travelers and photography enthusiasts. A cleanly maintained ancient temple of Kailashanathar, a big Siva lingam. Also, behind the lingam, there is a place with a very small entrance where we have to bow down, crawl and get in and get out which symbolizes the birth and death. "Passing through the narrow passage is indicative of passage through life. After the circumambulation, the exit is through a pit or another narrow passage symbolic of death."- From Wikipedia, in a clear terms. Must visit temple in Kanchipuram.
  • made of sand and very good architecture. destroyed but worth of visiting. little bit away from kanchi. good park is avillable at entrance.
  • Ks chi Kailasanadar temple is the oldest temple in India built between 685-706 A.D.The deity is Siva and the architecture is superb and still after all these years you can appreciate theme. It takes a whole day to go round and record all the statues in your camera. You will enjoy it.
  • Maintained by ASI. Great archietuctural piece of work. There is a small tunnel for kids to crawl in. Lot of small alcove around where in some of them original colors are preserved.
  • One of d oldest temples in Tamil nadu,well known fr it's architecture nd divinity...