The Kamakshi Temple is an ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of Goddess Parvati. Located in the historic city of Kanchipuram, near Chennai, this temple holds utmost religious significance among devotees of Goddess Maa Kamakshi. The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, the Akilandeswari temple in Thiruvanaikaval near Tiruchirappalli and this Kamakshi are the important centers of worship of Parvati, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The image of the main Deity, Maa Kamakshi, is seated in Padmasana, an yogic posture signifying peace and prosperity. Goddess holds a sugarcane bow and bunch of flowers in the lower two of her arms and has a pasha (lasso), an ankusha (goad) in her upper two arms. There is also a parrot perched near the flower bunch. There are no other Parvati temples in the city of Kanchipuram, apart from this temple, which is unusual in a traditional city that has hundreds of traditional temples.
There are various legends associated with this temple. One of them according to Kamakshivilasa is that Goddess had to absorb all the other shakthi forms to give a boon to Kama, the Vedic angel of desire. Another legend attributes it to the Raja Rajeswari pose of the deity that signifies an absolute control over the land under. Legend has it that Kamakshi offered worship to a Shivalingam made out of sand, under a mango tree and gained Shiva's hand in marriage.
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Address: New No. 6, Old No. 144/A, Kamakshi Amman Sannathi Street, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502
Contact No. 044 2723 3433
Sanctum: Kamakshi (Parvati)
Opening timings for Kamakshi Amman Temple:
Pournami Pooja / Navavarna Pooja (Full Moon day)
Night 9:30 p.m. onwards every month
Thanga Ratham (Golden Chariot)
(Only on specific days)
All days of the week
5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
How to Reach:
One can easily reach Kamakshi Amman Temple by taking regular Buses or by hiring taxis from anywhere in Tamil Nadu.
- By Air: Nearest Airport: Chennai - Chennai International Airport (75 Kms)
- By Train: Nearest Train Station: Kanchipuram (0 Kms) Arakkonam Railway Station (29 Kms), Chennai Central Railway Station (75 Kms)
- By Bus: Nearest Bus Station: Kanchipuram Central Bus Station (0 Kms)
Other Places to Visit in the temple:
- Varadaraja Temple, Kanchipuram: The marvelous Varadaraja Temple was built during the 10th century by the Vijayanagar kings. There is a big outer wall that covers or as the locals say, protect this fine temple. It also has a momumental one thousand pillared hals inside that are called the Kalyanamandapam. Each one of these pillars has a recountal of Lord Vishnu's life on it. Another notable feature is the huge chain that has been carved out of a single slab of granite.Interesting enough, the inside of this temple even has fire corridors built into it.
- Kailasanathar Temple: The Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple is a Hindu temple, constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is probably the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. The temple is located on the banks of the Vedavathi River at the western limits of the Kanchipuram. The temple celebrates the Maha Shivaratri as one of it's biggest festivals, when thousand of devotees throng the temple in the evening hours to offer prayers to the main deity, Lord Shiva.
- Devarajaswami Temple: The Devarajaswami Temple was constructed by the Vijaynagar kings. It is devoted to the Hindu god Lord Vishnu. There are ornamented engraved pillars that can be seen inside the temple.