Monday, 9 April 2018

SRI KACHABESHWARAR TEMPLE, KANCHIPURAM.


08th April 2018
This is one of the 1000 and odd temples of Kanchipuram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva,  also called as Kachaalai Udaiya nayanar as per the inscriptions.
Iraivan : Sri Kachabeswarar.
Iraivi    : Sri Sundarambigai

Some of the important details are…
The temple is facing east with an entrance through a 5 tier ( may  be built is 13th century ) Rajagopuram on north side. Temple tank is on the right inside the complex.  Palipedam, Dwajasthambam and Nandhi are in front of main sanctum sanctorum. There is  also a 5 tier Rajagopuram at the entrance of  sanctum sanctorum.

In the inner prakaram sannadhi for Naalvar, 63var, Nandhikeswarar, Chandrasekarar, Polla Pillayar, Murugan, Valli Devasena Subramaniyar, Saraswathy, Navagrahas, Bairavar, Vishnu, Urchavars.
In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgai. Moolavar is of sandstone  ( Prithivi Lingam ) and Somaskandhar is on the back wall of moolavar.

In the 2nd outer prakaram sanndhis for Yoga Sidheeswarar, Gana sidheeswarar, Sathurmukeswarar, Natarajar and Valli Devasena subramaniyar. 

In the 3rd Prakaram  Ayyanar with Poornambika and Pushkala as Dharmasatha,  Lingambeswarar, Sathurpukeswarar, Sthalaviruksha murukadi, Naagars under Peepal tree ( a Hero stone too ?... ), Ishta sidheeswarar, Panchasakthi Vinayagar, Durgai Amman Sannadhi, Bairavar and  Suryan ( rebuilt shrine with sand stone and granite stones  with inscriptions ).

Inscriptions  belongs to 10 – 11th century  are available in Durgai amman sannadhi, suryan sannadhi and main sanctum speaks about various  donations given by Chozhas to this temple.  Even-though the temple was built  by Chozhas, latter renovated with mandapams during Vijayanagara Period.

TEMPLE TIMINGS:
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 Hrs to 11.30 Hrs and 16.30 hrs to 20.30 Hrs.

CONTACT DETAILS:
The temple is under the control of HR& CE Dept  and land line number is  044 2723 3384.

HOW TO REACH :
Very close to Bus stand about a KM  in Pilayapalayam, on west Raja Street.

LOCATION:CLICK HERE

REFERENCE : A book on Nagareshu Kanchi, a retrospective on Kanchipuram compiled by Prof Madhusudhanan Kalaiselvan.



Ayyanar as Dharmasatha
 with Poornambika and Pushkala 

 Nandhikeswarar

 Ambal embraces  Lord Shiva

 The sthala purana relief – Vishnu worships lord shiva as tortoise ( kacham )



 Veerabhathirar

 Buddha reliefs 

Buddha reliefs 
Hero stone along with nagars
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---