Kanchi Kailasanathar temple, Kanchipuram – Best And Famous Lord Shiva Temple In India – Visit, Travel Guide
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Recently visited the famous Kailasanathar temple one of the oldest lord siva temple built by the Pallava kings around the 7th century at Kanchipuram. The temple has the most wonderful stone carvings of Shiva, Parvati, Vishnu, Brahma and Ganesha. Inside the temple we have a passageway that is believed to be a representation of life, with the entry as the death and exit denoting the re-birth. It was said that King Rajaraja Chola was inspired by the architecture of Kailasanathar temple and built the Brihadeeshwar temple in Thanjavur. The Kailasanathar temple was known as the first structurally stone carved temple built by the Pallavas after their marvel at Mahabalipuram (checkout my Mahabalipuram trip photos).
Special thanks to KeyTerns – Srini who wonderfully organized this trip and excellently curated by Karthik Nachiappan, who explained the Kanchipuram’s temple and it’s history in-depth and making the trip a most enlighten experience.
Travel Tips for Kanchi Kailasanathar temple
Address: Pillaiyarpalayam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631501
Timings : 6 AM to 12 PM and 4 pm to 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Moolavar : Kailasanathar.
Architect: unknown, but commissioned by Rajasimha ( Narasimhavarman II).
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture.
Year: 1000 Years old.
How to reach Kanchi Kailasanathar temple:
Through Airways : Chennai International Airport (Code MAA) is the nearest Airport To kanchipuram. Have to travel 68km and it takes 1 hour 45 mins to reach the temple.
Through Roadways :Kanchipuram is 75 kilometers Away from chennai and is well connected by a network of roads with other important towns and cities of Tamilnadu.
By Rail: The Kanchipuram Railway Station (Code CJ) has regular and direct trains connecting to Chennai, Tirupati, Nagarcoil, Chengalpattu, Bangalore, etc.
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