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.
The temple will be kept opened between 07.00 Hrs to 11.30 Hrs and 16.30 hrs to 20.30 Hrs.
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.
REFERENCE : A book on Nagareshu Kanchi, a retrospective on Kanchipuram compiled by Prof Madhusudhanan Kalaiselvan.
Ayyanar as Dharmasatha
with Poornambika and Pushkala
Ambal embraces Lord Shiva
The sthala purana relief – Vishnu worships lord shiva as tortoise ( kacham )
Hero stone along with nagars
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