Kanchipuram Temples

Ashtabuja Perumal temple

The remarkable feature of this deity is that it has eight arms. Lord Vishnu is in standing posture, facing West. The temple is ancient, and has stone inscriptions.

Ekambareswarar Temple

This is another ancient temple of Kanchipuram. It has been renovated by the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Vijayanagar kings. The 57 meters high Rajagopuram is one of the tallest towers in South India This Temple has 5 spacious corridors and a beautiful 1000 pillar hall. The huge Linga inside is known as ‘Prithvilingam’, one of the pancha lingas of South India. Ph: 27222084.

Kamakshi Amman Temple

Built in the 14th century by the Cholas, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi the presiding deity of Kanchi. Here, the goddess is worshipped in the form of a Chakra placed in front of the idol. An image of Shankaracharya is also worshipped. Sri Sankaracharya is said to have defeated Buddhist philosophers in debate here. It is one of the three holy places of Sakthi worship in India the other two being Madurai and Varanasi. The temple has a golden gopuram in the centre. This imposing temple is the site of the annual chariot festival, held on the 9th lunar day in February/March. Ph 044-27222609

Kumarakottam Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple

It was built in its present form around 1915. But, the shrine of Sri Subramanya Swami in Kanchipuram finds a significant place in Hindu mythology. For Hindus on a pilgrimage trip, this temple is a mandatory place to visit. ‘The way this temple is located in the city is a rare phenomenon mentioned in Hindu scriptures. ‘‘Soma Skandha’’ posture indicates Lord Shiva seated with the Goddess Shakthi to his left, with his son, Lord Subramanya seated between them. In Kanchipuram, the shrine of Lord Shiva (Sri Ekambaranathar) is located with the shrine of Shakthi (Kamakshi Amman) to its left. The Kandakottam temple is located right in between these two. Ph: 27222049.

Kanchi Kamakodi Peetham

The kamakodi peetham and Kamakshi Amman temples are closely associated with the life of Sankaracharya. The Kamakoti Peetham is enshrined in the Sri Chakra just in front of Sri Devi and all pujas and sacrifices are offered to the Sri Chakra. Ph : 044-27222115

Madurantakam Earikalha Rarmar Koil

Madurantakam is 90 km south of Chennai between Chengalpet and Villupuram. The temple is situated just below the great Madurantakam Agricultural Reservoir Band. It is of modest dimensions. Anjaneya (Hanuman) is conspicuously absent here although he is generally inseparable from Sri Rama. Sri Ramanuja met one of his gurus, Maha Purna (Peria Nambi), in Maduran-takam and was initiated under the Bakula tree in the Rama temple.


Another suburb of the Chennai famous for goddess Kamakshiamman temple. The presiding deity is presented here in a penance posture. Time Morning 6 am. To 1 p.m. Evening 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chennai 602 101, Ph 26272053.

Melmaruvathur - Adi Parasaktlsi Temple

Onre Kulam, Oruvane Thevan, means all are equal in front of One God is being practiced literally in the Adi Parasakthi temple at Mel Maruvathur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The devotees believe in ‘Ore Thai and Ore Kulam”. The devotees are permitted to enter into the ‘karuvarai’ (inner chamber) & pray to the Goddess. People of all religions Hindus, Christians, Jains, Buddhists are allowed to enter the sanctum & offer prayers in the pattern they are accustomed to.

Nanganallur Anchaneyar Temple

The Temple is something very unique. The Swamy Vigraha is 32 feet high and made up of a single rock. The black granite pedestal resembles a lotus. Every moment was guided, every work has been measured and every detail has been carved by Lord Anjaneya which made us all feel we are only instruments in His hands. Time 6 a.m. to 12 noon. Evening 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: 1, 8th Street, Ram Nagar, Nanganallur, Chennai - 61, Ph: 044-22348606, 22332170.

Singaperumal Koil

Small temple on a hillock about 20 km from Tambaram Chennai. It is a lovely temple housing a fairly large (about 6 ft) idol of Pataladri Narasimha one of the incarnations of Vishnu; he is half-man and halt-lion. The name Singaperumal translates into Lion-god. One of the famous Narasimha Temples in Tamil Nadu, Singaperumalkoil is known as “Padaladri” as the hill where the temple is situated is red in color.

Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple

Another one of the few temples tinder the care of the Department of Archeology, Government of India. This temple is located at the end of a small alley, away from the main tourist business. Built by the Pallava ruler, Nandivarman in the 7th Century AD. It has great sculptures and inscription which speak of its history and the history of the city itself. Its inner walls are decorated with lion shaped pillars. Like the Kailasanathar temple, this temple gains local importance on the holy night of the Vaishnavites - Vaikunda Ekadasi. Except on that day, this temple is easily accessible to tourists. As mentioned earlier, this being a Vaishnavite temple is closed after noon, to be opened in the evening. Hence, the most appropriate time to visit this is during the morning hours.

Sri Kailasanathar Temple

This temple was built by Rajasimha and his son Mahendra in the 8th centaury AD, this temple is noted for its architecture and sculptures. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine as compound wall. Paintings of Fresco style adorn the inner walls of the shrines. Sandstone was used in the construction of this temple.

Sri Perumpudur

It is 29 km from Chennai on the way to Kanchipuram. It is the birth place of Saint Ramanujar, the Father of Visishtadvaida philosophy of Vaishnavism and hence an important pilgrim centre for the Vaishnavites.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

In this temple built by Shri Shridi Saibaba spiritual and charitable trust almost all the deities are installed. Particularly Vallabha Ganapathy with ten arms. The Tri Murthy Brahma Vishnu and Siva statutes are also here besides that of Thattariya, Lingam, Parvathi, Durga etc. This is the first temple Out of 108 built on the initiatives taken by the Guruji of Delhi temple and the IPS officer C.P. Satpathy. Feeding of the poor takes place every Sunday and Thursday. The Aarathi is performed at 6 am to 9 p.m. This is situated at Saipuram. Injambakkam. Ph: 24491297, 55684808.


Thiruparthikundram is a village on the banks of the Palar river, a little off the Pillaiyaar Palayam suburbs of Kanchipuram. In Tirupparuthikkundram stand two great monuments of Kanchipuram’s ancient period of Jainism’s flourishment. In addition to the existing Siva Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi, this area can be termed Jina Kanchi. The two temples of the Jaina Tirthankaras were built in the 9th Century A.D. The temples contain several fresco paintings and a grand image of Bhagwan Mahaveer. “Chandraprabh” an ancient Tirthankara, long before Lord Mahaveer, is the main deity in one of the temples.


Tirupporur is an ancient temple dating back to the Pallava period and is one of 33 major temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to lay worship of Lord Muruga. Tirupporur is situated 25 kilometers northeast of Chengalpet and is connected by bus service with Chennai and the distance is 45 kilometers. Tirupporur is also known as Poriyur or Yuddhapuri or Samarapuri.


A small village situated 18 km off chennai known for Vaishnava temples. More pilgrims come and worship in this temple from various districts. Later Chola period (12th century) temple is an impressive specimen for temples. There is another temple situated a top a small hillock is dedicated to Ranganathan - an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ph 22385484.


The Vedagiriswarar temple is situated in Kanchipuram district, on the Chengalpet Mahabalipuram road. It is also known by other names - Uruthrakodi, Nandipuri, lndrapuri, Narayanapuri, Brahmapuri Dinakarapuri Muniganapuri, Patchi Theertham, etc.

Varadarajar Temple

Varadarajar temple is a massive and impressive edifice. The Hundred-Pillar-hall erected during the Vijayanagar period in this temple is noted for its exquisite sculptures. The ornamental rings carved Out of a single stone in a chain at the four corners are the special features of the hall. The riders on horseback, beautiful sculptures of Rathi and Manmatha, exquisite temple jeweler are other notable features. This temple provides a glimpse of 16th century pillared pavilion with an exuberant workmanship. The annual Garudothsavam (May- June) is the most colorful and draws thousands of devotees.


Vallakkottai is a hamlet in Kanchipuram District, situated at a distance of twelve kilometers south of Sriperumputur on the Sriperumputor - Chengalpattu Road 24 kilometers from Tambaram on the Orakkalam Sriperumputur bus route. Saint Arunakirinathar has glorified this temple in his Tiruppukal in seven songs. Here in this temple, the idol of Murugan is the tallest in Tamil Nadu, seven feet in height.

Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple

This holy shrine is one among the 108 temples called Tirupathy. The goddess Lakshmi is also called as Thiru. The presiding deity is holding her on the left side. So it is called Thiru-Idathu Eanthai which over a period of time came to be called as Thiru-vidanthai. Tamil Saint Thiru Mangai Alwar has sung the glory of this holy place in ten places in his famous ‘Pasuram’. There are several messages relating to this is available in the stone scripture of first Raja Raja Cholan and Vijaya Rajendra Cholan. Garuda Sevai during the Tamil month of Aani, Pooram during the month of Aadi, spring festival during the month of Vaigasi is the important events. Time: Morning 6 a,m. to I pin. Evening 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. This temple situated in a distance of 42 km from Chennai and 16 km from Mahabalipuram. Ph: 044-27472385.

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