The Kanchi math is a Hindu monastic institution located in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, one of the five pancha-bhuta-sthalas (Temples denoting the '5 Elements'). It is known formally as Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, and claims to have been founded by the Adi Sankara The head of the mutt is referred to as a "Sankaracharya", a title that is also applied to the heads of the four Sankara mutts.
The Kanchi mutt has been gaining prominence since the 18th century, when it was at Kumbakonam. Some accounts claim that it was founded there as a branch of the Sringeri matha, and branched out afterwards. Today it is one of the most important religious institutions of South India.
Creator - Sri Adi Sankara
Website - http://www.kamakoti.org/
Address: 78, E Raja St, Periya, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502
Contact No. 044 2722 2115
Worship Timing : 05:00 am - 10:00 pm
How to Reach:
The closest airport is the Chennai Meenambakkam Airport. The airport is at a distance of 45 kms from Kanchipuram.
Top attractions near the temple:
1. KAMAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE: Dedicated to Kamakshi Amman goddess, it is the main tourist attraction of the city. Maa Shakti is worshipped here. There is a procession taken out every Friday of the Golden Chariot which can be seen in the temple. It also houses an art gallery which tells stories of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and Shankara Mutt.
2. KAILASHANATHAR TEMPLE: If you want to see the oldest structure in the city, you should visit the Kailashanathar Temple which was built in the 8th century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and its exquisite architectural work speaks volumes about the excellence of Pallava architecture.
3. EKAMBARESHWAR TEMPLE : One should visit the Ekambareshwar Temple to have a glimpse of numerous shrines. There are other structures present in the temple complex too which include mandapams, tanks and gopurams. It is the largest as well as the highest temple here which belongs to the Pallava era.
4. KANCHI KUDIL: Visit here to glance into the ancient culture followed by Hindus. It is a hundred-year-old house which has been kept intact along with different items used by the joint families. This house has beautiful paintings, furniture etc. dating back to historic era.