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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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  • This whole architecture is marvelous. Its not crowd pulling and locals less known about the temple. Its outside the town and less crowded, not a usual temple things will happen here, its kind of museu...  more »
  • This temple looks like a prototype design build... Please note "The views below are personal and is limited to the knowledge of the writer " They are built on a massive granite foundation which is bas...  more »
  • Nice carvings and in a great location - very peaceful and away from town I think this is a must see location if you are visiting Temple City 
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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...