Kanchipuram is the temple city of Tamil Nadu. We can see there Divya Desam of Vaishnavism and Paadal Petra Sthalam of Shaivism. I have written previously about the temples of Cholas dynasty in Kumbakonam but here going to see the temples of the Pallavas dynasty. Mahendravarman guided Pulikesi to see the temples in this Kanchipuram and Narasimha Varman built the Kailasanathar temple in this Kanchipuram. Moreover, lakhs and lakhs of devotees worshipped Athi Varathar in Kanchipuram. Here I have given the top 10 most famous temples in Kanchipuram you must visit.


1. Kamakshi Amman Temple

If says Kanchipuram, that's Kamakshi. The Devi embraces the devotees who visit her. There are no words to describe her beauty of sitting padmasana posture. Adi Shankara knew the goddess of Shakthi that's what he established the chakra in front of the Devi. Women want to devote their husband after visiting deity of Kamakshi Amman the form of Parvati who married lord Shiva with the pure divine. When I was writing about the Thiruverkadu Amman temple, I mentioned 7 aspects of Amman, similar Kanchipuram Kamakshi also praises with a lot of names and aspects such as Kamakshi, Lakshmi, Parvati etc. The temple was built by Pallavas and it is included in one of the fifty-one Shakti Peetas. There are no other Shakthi shrines in Kanchipuram apart from this. There are a lot of major deities in this temple Vinayagar, Mahishasura, Kalabhairavar etc. Kanchi Kamakshi Amman temple is situated just 850 m from Kanchipuram bus stand so the devotees do not return from Kanchipuram without the blessings of goodess Kamakshi. 
Temple Timings
05.30 am to 12.15 pm
04.00 pm to 08.15 pm


2. Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple

Kailasanthar temple is one of the most visited temples in Kanchipuram. When I was entered in this temple I remembered the Darasuram temple in Kumbakonam, Then I came to know that Lord Shiva not only impressed the Cholas to build the temples but He also impressed the Pallavas to expand their art in Kanchipuram so the place also called Shiva Kanchi. The 58 shrines of the temple made me struggled between my eyes and heart. I wanted to see the sculptor of the idol who carved them with sandstones. The Kailasanthar temple was built by Narasimhavarman II in the 7th century which invites a lot of foreigners to visit the temple. The sculptures of the temple show that Pallavas gave importance to animals too. The temple is situated 2 km away from Kanchipuram bus stand and it has a safe sanctuary to preserve themselves during the war. Finally, the Kailasanthar temple is the identity of Pallavas that you know the beauty of art. 
Temple Timings 
09.00 am to 12.30 pm
04.00 pm to 06.30 pm

3.Ekambareswarar Temple

The devotees who come to Kanchipuram must visit the Ekambareswarar temple. The 3500-year-old mango tree provides a history of the temple. Goddess Parvati was penance under the mango tree with a linga form of sand, Lord Shiva suspected the penance and sent the Ganges to stop the penance, finally Parvati United with Lord Shiva with the help of Vishnu.  Parvati embraced the Shiva linga to forget the mistakes of her. Still, the Shiva linga in the temple has prints of Parvati who embraced Shiva linga. When I saw the 1008 lingas in this temple, I remembered the 7th-century nayanars prayed the Shiva through lingas. The decorated of 1000 pillars in Ekambareswarar temple remind Ananda Tandava of Lord Shiva. The temple is included in Paadal Petra Sthalam and it is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalam represents the earth. The temple has one of the tallest towers and situated 1.5 km from Kanchipuram bus stand.
Temple Timings 
06.00 am to 12.30 pm
04.00 pm to 08.30 pm


4. Varadharaja Perumal Temple

Varadharaja Perumal Temple is one of the most famous temples for Vaishnavas in Kanchipuram. The temple is included in 108 Divya Desam referred to as 43rd. I have heard there, the temple is called as "Perumal Koil" like Tirupathi as "Malai" and "Srirangam" as Koil. The temple mostly provides for the name to Kanchipuram as Vishnu Kanchi. The world-famous Athi Varathar brought from the temple tank happened 40 years once associated with the Varadharaja Perumal temple which was held in 2019. The two lizards, silver and gold of the temple ceiling, remove the negative effects and doshas who touch them. The temple was initially built by Cholas and developed by other Dynasties. The temple also called as Devarajaswamy temple and 3.5 km away from Kanchipuram bus stand. The great Philosopher Ramanuja stayed in this temple and spread Vaishnavism between the devotees for some time.
Temple Timings
06.00 am to 12.30 pm
03.30 pm to 08.30 pm

5. Karchapeswarar Temple

Though the Karchapeswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is associated with Lord Vishnu also. The devotees of Vaishnavism and Shaivism are visiting the temple. When the world was going to destroy, Asuras and Devas worshipped to Lord Brahma for a solution, then Lord Brahma asked help with Vishnu. Finally, Vishnu was preventing the devotees to take avatar in the form of Kurma to avoid shaking from Vasuki as rope. Lord Shiva called as Neelagandan after He drank the poison of Vasuki(Serpent) when churning the ocean. Lord Vishnu worshipped the Karchapeswarar in the form of Kurma avatar. Lord Saraswati also worshipped this temple which away 800 m from Kanchipuram bus stand.
Temple Timings
05.00 am to 12.00 pm
05.00 pm to 08.00 pm

6. Kumarakottam Temple

The Kumarakottam temple in Kanchipuram taught me to know the importance of worshipping Lord Murugan. When I saw deity of the Murugan I realized about Kanchipuram is called temple city since the place belongs to apart from Vishnu and Shiva. The Kandha Puranam was released by Kacchiyappar who was a priest in this temple. I have mentioned in the previous posts about the form of Murugan in Siruvapuri, Tiruttani, Andarkuppam and Kundrathur. Here the Murugan blesses his devotees in the form of Bala Subramanya Swamy. Lord Murugan has more affectionate with his parents that's what he is lived in Kanchipuram as Somāskandha, between Kamakshi Amman temple for Parvati and Ekambareswarar for Shiva. Poet Arunagirinaadhar has noted this temple deity in his famous hymns. The Kumarakottam temple is situated 1.5 km from Kanchipuram bus stand.
Temple Timings
06.00 am to 12.00 pm
04.00 pm to 08.00 pm

7.  Ulagalantha Perumal Temple

The Vishnu Temples in Kanchipuram are mostly in part of 108 Divya Desam noted by Alwars. The temple has four Divya Desam such as Thirukkarvaanam, Thirukaaragam, Thiruneeragam, and Thiruooragam. The temple main deity Ulagalantha Perumal is a most visited deity in Kanchipuram since the idol of the Perumal is different than other Vishnu temples. Every Perumal temple explains the avatar of the Lord Vishnu like  Ulagalantha Perumal Temple reflected the Vamana avatar of Vishnu. King Mahabali wanted to get the power of Indra and decided to achieve the victory of the world. Lord Indra requested Perumal to destroy the arrogance of Mahabali. Lord Vishnu born as Vamana and asked Mahabali that land of 3 feet to measure. Mahabali accepted to give the land what Perumal requested, and Perumal measured one foot in Earth and another foot in heaven and asked third feet to measure. Mahabali gave his head for third feet, then Perumal got him under the Earth. The posture of measuring three feet represents the deity of Ulagalantha Perumal in Kanchipuram. The temple was built by Pallavas and developed by medieval Cholas. The temple is just 600 m from Kanchipuram bus stand.
Temple Timings
06.00 am to 12.00 pm
04.00 pm to 08.00 pm


8. Chitragupta Temple

Chitragupta Temple is a unique temple in Kanchipuram. The visitors of Kanchipuram or devotees of Kanchipuram requested to forgot their sins by worshipping the deity of Chitragupta, because he notes the mistakes of good and bad of humans and sends it out to Yama. Yama decides whether the person goes to heaven or hell after report of Chitragupta. The deity of Chitragupta seated with pen in the form tracks the sin of people. Devotees want to visit the temple to remove their sins and need their souls to rest in heaven after the death. The temple has three towers and it was built by medieval Cholas. This unique temple was just 500 m from Kanchipuram bus stand.
Temple Timings
05.00 am to 12.00 pm
04.00 pm to 09.00 pm

9. Vaikunta Perumal Temple 

The Vaikunta Perumal Temple is also known as Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram temple. This temple is one of the most prominent temples in Kanchipuram. The temple was built by Nandivarman-II who more devoted to Lord Vishnu. The lion pillars of the temple provide the creativity of students who have more interested in history. The amazing Dravidian structure of the temple gives amazing views to the visitors. When I surround the Vaikunda Perumal temple I believed there is a connection between the art and God which inspired the Nandivarman also. The sculptors worked with the temple established their culture and civilization deeply. The temple is included in 108 Divya Desam and 650 m away from Kanchipuram bus stand.
Temple Timings
07.30 am to 12.00 pm
05.00 pm to 07.30 pm


10. Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple

I said in previously that temple of Rameswaram associated with Ramayana. Here the temple of Pandava Thoothar associated with Mahabharata. The Krishna avatar of Vishnu behinds temple history. When Lord Krishna went as a dutha to Duruyodhana's court to ask him to give five houses for Pandavas. Duryodhana made a false throne to kill Krishna with soldiers who were underneath the throne. Lord Krishna sat on the throne and took huge form as Vishwaroopa and killed all the soldiers. Since he went as a Dutha for Pandavas he got the name as Pandava Thootha Perumal. The temple was built by Pallavas and expanded by other dynasties. It is included in 108 Divya Desam and 1.6 km away from Kanchipuram bus stand.
Temple Timings
07.00 am to 11.00 pm
04.00 pm to 07.30 pm


Special Of Kanchipuram

Rock Cut Temples, Silk Sarees & Idli.


Restaurants In Kanchipuram

Saravana Bhavan, Sakthi Ganapathi and Adyar Ananda Bhavan.

To Reach Kanchipuram

By Air

The nearest airport of the Kanchipuram is Chennai airport that away from 72 km.

By Train 

There are trains connected to Kanchipuram railway station such as Mumbai Madurai weekly express, Puducherry Tirupati passenger and Mumbai Nagercoil Balaji express. Local trains also connected to Kanchipuram from Chennai Beach, Arakonam and 
Chengalpattu.

By Bus 

The TNSTC buses are available to Kanchipuram from Chennai, Bangalore, Villupuram, Vellore, Tirupati and Coimbatore.

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