Exotic Kanchi Kailasanthar temple

Kanchipuram is a place of historical, religious and cultural importance. Kanchipuram is also known as the temple city. Kanchipuram is very famous for silk saris. Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is one of the oldest structures in the city. Kailasanathar temple belongs to the 8th century. This temple was built by Narasimhavarman 2 (Rjasimha), a ruler of the Pallava dynasty. The term “Kailasanathar” means “KAILASAM” (lord of the cosmic mountain). This temple is very unique because the temple is made of sand and stone only. Granite is not used. This is one of the many specialities of the temple. Every sculpture is made up of only sand and stone. Pallavas were famous for their love for architecture. After visiting this temple, one cannot resist himself from appreciating art and architecture.

The stone carvings and ancient paintings of lord Shiva in the temple are amazing. Pillars of this temple were built in the shape of multi-directional mythical lions. The paints used in these paintings were made from vegetables and fruits. Walls of the temple were beautifully painted in the Pallava period but unfortunately, the British people covered it with plaster of Paris to preserve them. Later, they had realized that this was not safe for the paintings and had removed the plaster of Paris. In the process, the paintings were damaged. Without proper knowledge, the British people had made a great mistake.

The temple is used for two purposes- meditation (outside) and worshiping (inside). This is the reason why they had built a small room for meditation in the temple. “Even now, if we sit inside the meditation room with an empty stomach early in the morning, we would be able to feel a vibration in not more than five minutes” says a priest of the temple.

Kanchipuram can be divided into 4 parts - lord Shiva Kanchi, lord Vishnu Kanchi, Jain Kanchi and Buddha Kanchi. Kanchi Kailasanathar is located in Lord Shiva Kanchi. The temple has different forms of sculptures of lord Shiva – a dancer, a hunter and a guru. The sculpture that represents Lord Shiva like a hunter depicts a scene from the epic story of Mahabharata.

Kailasanathar temple is one of the several notable temples in Kanchipuram. Ekambaranathar, Kumarakottam, Kamatchiyamman temple, Kachapeshwarar, Varadharaja Perumal are a few other important temples of the city. These temples are the main tourist spots of the city. The sculptures of the Kailasanathar temple and Mahabalipuram temple are similar to one another, the only difference is that the Mahabalipuram temple sculptures are made up of granite stone and Kailasanathar temple sculptures are made up of sand and stone combination. Maha Shivaratri is a famous festival celebrated in the temple in  a very grand manner. Kailasanathar temple is maintained by the Archaeological Department of India.


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Feb 20, 2017
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