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Kamakshi Amman Temple


The Kamakshi Temple is a popular Hindu sanctuary committed to Kamakshi, one of the types of the goddess Parvati. It is situated in the noteworthy city of Kanchipuram, near Chennai, India and is prominently connected with Sankaracharya, one of the best Hindu masters.The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, the Akilandeswari sanctuary in Thiruvanaikaval near Tiruchirappalli and this Kamakshi are the critical focuses of worship of Parvati as the mother goddess, in the condition of Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary was most likely worked by the Pallava lords, whose capital was Kanchipuram, around 6 C.E.Adi Shankaracharya, the popular eighth century researcher and holy person, set up the Sri Chakra in this Kamakshi Devi sanctuary in the trough-such as structure in that place of worship. This Sri Chakra soon turned into the All India celebrated Kamakoti Peeta. The Acharyas Lalitha Trishati Bhashya remarks Kamakoti Peetam as Sri Chakra. The Kanchipuram Kamakshi sanctuary is arranged at nearly around 5 sections of land of area and has four passages.The Temple was inherent the fourteenth Century by the immense Chola artisans.

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Kamakshi Amman Temple is an old hallowed place devoted to Goddess Kamakshi, situated at Kanchipuram. The Goddess Kamakshi wins as Shakti. There are 51 Shakti Peetas the nation over. The goddess living spot in Kanchipuram is called as “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Goddess is called as “Sri Kamakshi. The word is gotten from the legacy “Ka” implies Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Ma” implies Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), “Akshi” implies Eye. The name kamakshi all in all alludes as the god lives in Kanchi with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes. Kamakshi Amman Temple is an old place of worship devoted to Goddess Kamakshi. Situated at Kanchipuram, the sanctuary is effectively open by consistent transports and private taxis that are accessible all through the state of Tamil Nadu. Previous capital of the Pallavas, Kanchipuram lies at a separation of 75 kms from Chennai. Kamakshi Amman Temple is considered as one of the consecrated residences Goddess Parvati, other being Meenakshi at Madurai, Akilandeswari at Thiruvanaikaval and Vishalakshi at Varanasi. Kamakshi Amman sanctuary is extremely close to the Ekambareshwar sanctuary. This is one of the consecrated Shakti peetams and the main Amman sanctuary in Kanchipuram . The divinity here is cherished in a sitting stance with sugar stick in one hand, parrot, lotus and chakra in other. The divinity here is the Parabrahama SwaroopiniIn the inward prakarm there are numerous sanctuaries committed to Varahi, Ayyapan, Anna poorni, and Adi Shankaracharya. Situated in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, the Kamakshi Amman Temple is devoted to Goddess Kamakshi, a perfect appearance of Goddess Parvati. The significance of the word Kamakshi is one who has eyes loaded with Love. The Kamakshi Amman Temple is one of the 51 Shakthi Peethas or the celebrated sanctuaries of the Mother Goddess. Goddess Kamakshi is additionally venerated as Parashakti or the incomparable force and Parabrahma Swarupini. Kamakshi Amman Temple is a celebrated hindu sanctuary devoted to goddess Kamakshi a perfect type of parvati. It is situated in the memorable city Kanchipuram/Kanchi close Chennai, India and is prominently connected with Adi Sankaracharya one of the best hindu holy person. Alongside Madurai Meenakshi, Thiruvanilkaval Akilandeswari,Varanasi vishalakshi ,Kamakshi is an imperative piece of worship of Parvati. Sanctuary of Goddess Kamashi is situtated 350 km far from Shiva sanctuary of God Ekagreshwar in Shivkoji city close Kanjivaram of Tamil Nadu. This sanctuary has the symbol of Kamashi which looks like Tripur Sundari. It is the primary Shakti Peeth of South India. Kamashi sanctuary is otherwise called Kam Koti.

Place Overview

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Kanchipuram, amongst the seven consecrated urban areas of India, is a heaven of wonderful sanctuaries settled on the banks of the River Vegavathy in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. With an awesome number of hallowed places, it is nothing unexpected that the town is a celebrated journey site for Hindus. Notwithstanding these, the spot likewise brags of a few renowned mosques and chapels. It conveys a great deal more to make the guests occasion involvement in Kanchipuram significant and exceptional. From noteworthy holy places, striking silk sarees, beautiful old structures, beguiling scene, enthusiastic society to extraordinary foods, every one of them can be scouted in one spot and that is Kanchipuram. Shiva Kanchi and Jain Kanchi are not the better places but rather a colossal piece of Shiva Kanchi city. Kamashi is the typify of Goddess Tripur Sundari. In the womb place of Ekamreshwari sanctuary is the wonderful icon of Goddess Kamakshi. The premise of sanctuary additionally contains the sanctuary of Annapurana and Devi Sharda. There is a symbol of Shankracharya in the sanctuary.

About The Temple

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Kanchi is likewise called as Satyavrita Kshetra.The Goddess adored Lord Siva by making a mud icon in Kanchi. Right then and there, Lord Siva incarnated as Kamba River with high tides to test the worship of the goddess, the goddess got a handle on the symbol intimately with her two hands from dissolving in the tides. This kept the icon from getting disintegrated in the surges. The goddess additionally performed Pooja by sitting in a needle tip encompassed by “Panchakagni” (encompassed by 5 flames) to free herself from the enthusiasm of job. The Lord Shiva got to be upbeat, signaled before her and wedded the goddess. In spite of the fact that there are numerous Shiva sanctuaries in the city, the main sanctuary to have the sanctorum of the goddess is Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple. There are likewise eight other Shakti goddesses encompassing the sanctuary.  The spot where goddess lives is “Gayatri Mandapam”. The Goddess lives in sanctuary in 3 shapes. They are Sri Kamakshi, Sri Bilahasam and Sri Chakram.The goddess is in a sitting stance of “Padmasana” .The goddess contains Pasa, Angusa, Pushpabana and Sugarcane in her forehands. The Goddess Mahalakshmi was given condemnation by the Lord Vishnu to incarnate as Aarupam structure. The Goddess Mahalakshmi comes to Kanchipuram and performs the worship droning for the sake of Lord Vishnu to free her from this Aarupam. After long requests to God, the Goddess is liberated from her Aarupam and given a Rupam by the Lord Vishnu. There exists a conviction that Goddess kamakshi kumkum must be offered to the symbol of Aarupa Lakshmi inside of the sanctorum where by the goddess Lakshmi will satisfy your necessities on the supplication to God, Devotees can likewise discover a sanctuary tank inside the premises.The considerable Kamakshi sanctuary has a nearby connection with the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam furthermore its progressive Sankarcharyas.The sanctuary has a display of Adisankarcharyas life history inside the sanctuary premises itself. Goddess Kamakshi is the principle divinity and the sanctuary is one of the fifty one Shakti peetas. The sanctuary is spelled as Nabisthana - Ottiyana peetam. The sanctuary additionally has a brilliant Gopuram on the sanctorum of the Goddess Kamakshi divinity which is obvious to all followers. India has three principle urban communities where the Goddess Shakti is been revered.Kanchipuram holds the most vital rank among all the three. In the same request, the three spots are Kanchipuram, where the Goddess Kamakshi is revered, Madurai, where the Goddess Meenakshi is worshiped, and Kashi, where the god is Visalakshi. The Kamakshi Amman sanctuary serves as a center point of every religious activity in Kanchipuram. The sanctuary is likewise in closer control of the Shankara Mutt, not at all like alternate sanctuaries, which are represented either by the Department of Archeology, Government of India, or the Hindu Temples Department of the Tamil Nadu Government. The lords of the Chola Empire fabricated the sanctuary in fourteenth century AD. The primary tower close to the sanctum (Vimanam) of the sanctuary is gold plated. Additionally there is an extraordinary noteworthiness is the Golden Chariot in this sanctuary. The Golden Chariot is taken in a parade around the sanctuary on Friday nights around 7.00 p.m. This sanctuary likewise highlights an Art Gallery with pictures delineating the historical backdrop of Sri Adishankaracharya and the Shankara Mutt. This forcing sanctuary is additionally in the site of the yearly auto celebration which is hung on the ninth lunar day in February/March.

Sanctuary Architecture

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Kamakshi Amman sanctum confronts south-east amidst the Gayatri Mandapa. The wonderful god of the Devi is in the Padmaasana stance, holding a bow of sugarcane and five bolts (pancha paana) of blossoms. She is revered as Rajarajeshwari, Maha Tripurasundari, Lalitha and Kameshwari.The Kamakoti Peeta or Sri Chakra is before the Goddess and all pujas are offered to this. Pujas are performed by Tantra, recommended by sage Durvasa. There are discrete sanctuaries for sage Durvasa, a Devi Upasaka, Thundira Ganapathi, Goddess Annapurni and Adi Shankara. Amid celebration parades, the Devis icon is taken out when formally looking for Adi Shankaras consent. This is in satisfaction of a perfect guarantee. The first processional divinity in gold, Swarna Kamakshi, was taken to a holy place in Thanjavur in the year 1767 at the season of Muslim attack. There She is revered as Bangaru Kamakshi. In its place in Kanchipuram, Her brilliant Paadukaas (blessed feet), consecrated by Kanchi Paramacharya Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswathi, are worshipped.The “shikhar” (tower) lodging the divinity is secured completely in gold. The staggering perspective of the brilliant tower can be taken from the external part. So as to enter the primary place of worship, four doorways have been made on all the four sides. The basic design of the sanctuary is entirely expounded. In the external prakaram or part, there is a tank and various mandapams or lobbies like the 100 pillared corridors, the dwajaarohana mandapam and so forth. Close to the sanctuary tank, different pictures of Lord Vishnu like Ninraan, Irundaan and Kidandaan are traceable.The fundamental passageway of the Kamakshi sanctuary has a Kalabhairavar divinity onto its left and the Mahishasura Mardini god onto its privilege. On the focal point of the sanctuary complex one can see an enormous Dwajasthampa. Moving further from passage of the Kamakshi god there is a perspective of Vinayaga divinity. Proceeding onward further, the immense Goddess Kamakshi is obvious. Goddess Kamakshi is been encompassed by divinities of Ayyapan, Saraswati, Annaporani and Adisankaracharya on its external prakaram. The Goddess additionally comprise of Varahi, Arupalakshmi Kalvarperumal (one of the 108 Divya Desam of Vaishanavities), Roopalakshmi and Arthanariswarar gods encompassing the sanctorum of Goddess on its Gayatri Mandapam. There is even the Santhanasthampam inside the prakaram of Goddess which is known as the Nabisthan of the Goddess. There is a Srichakra Yantra (Sri Kamakoti Peetam) which is built up by Jagadguru Sri Adisankaracharya before the Goddess divinity. The Artha Meru Chakra in the sanctuary was introduced by Acharya Sankara having 43 Trikonas-triangles. This is made of eight herbals called Astagandham. Consequently no abishek is offered the Chakra.The pujas for the chakra is performed with other restorative powders and archana with kumkum. On the Vijayadasami day, a day ago of Navarathri, this Chakra is secured with gold, while on different days; it is with a silver spread. Sri Chakra involves awesome significance in the sanctuary. This Artha Meru Sri Chakra is venerated as Raja (Royal status) Yantra. The base is of Koorma (tortoise) plan. There are three stages over the base. It is further worked with 16 Lotus petals and 8 petals of Lotus still above. The Sri Chakra is drawn on this peeta-seat. No Sri Chakra is as large as the one in Mangadu. It is dressed with a 9 yard sari. The repentance embraced by Mother Kamakshi is of a most astounding request which none could envision. She made five Agni Kundas – fire pits. She remained close to the focal pit keeping Her clear out toe touching the flame, put the right leg on the left thigh. She kept Her exited hand close to Her naval part, held the right hand with a japa mala over Her head. Her wonderful eyes were shut to have the hands of Lord. She embraced this peanace in this sacred Mangadu. This scene is wonderfully designed in the sanctuary.Enthusiasts have four Ambikas for darshan in the sanctuary. 1) As Sri Chakra, 2) Adhi Kamakshi made of Panchaloka metals, 3) Kamakshi doing atonement in the midst of the five Agni Kundas and 4) The little Lamp blazing close Adi Kamakshi venerated as Ambika Herself. The darshan of all Ambicas can be had at the same time from the mandap. Ambika in the sanctum sanctorum is holding a parrot in the right hand and the sickle moon on the head. It is vital that the convention of congratulating a man for his/her triumphant an exam with unique excellence or any extreme rivalry with the accomplishment of remaining on a solitary leg started from the atonement stance of Mother Kamakshi. The state of retribution was not made simple or loose notwithstanding for the consort of Lord.

Kamakshi and Adi Sankaracharya

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Adi Sankaracharya is essentially related in the rich history of the sanctuary. In the same way as other old goddesses, the type of Kamakshi was less amiable than the present structure. There used to be different types of creature and human penances in antiquated Shakthi sanctuaries and it is trusted that Adi Sankaracharya prompted the more tranquil representation of the goddess by setting a perfect Chakra before it. Furthermore, the goddess consented to demonstrate her benevolent side in the sanctuary, while the types of Shakthi outside Kanchipuram still had angrier types of Shakthi. There is no irrefutable chronicled evidence for this, however it is a part of the nearby old stories. Typical of this, amid the celebrations when the processional god is taken for a parade around the sanctuary lanes, it takes leave from Sankaracharya, at his altar in the internal hall. It is likewise trusted that Sankaracharya vanquished Buddhist and different rationalists in this spot, starting a restoration for Hinduism.God Shrine: The Devi in this Adi Kamakshi sanctuary is called by different names like Kirtimati, Devagarbha in surviving Tantric works like Tantrachudamani. She has four hands containing in each of them individually, Ankusa, PAsa, Abhaya and a Kapala. This portrayal compares to those surviving old tantric works.

About The Deity

Managing Deity

The managing divinity of the Kamakshi Amman Temple is Goddess Kamakshi. The key god of Goddess Kamakshi is found in the Padmasana stance, connoting peace and flourishing. The god of Goddess Kamakshi is set inside the Gayatri Mandapam.There are three types of Goddess Kamakshi in the sanctuary i.e. Sri Kamakshi, Sri Chakram and Sri Bilahasam.

The spot where goddess dwells is “Gayatri Mandapam”. The Goddess lives in sanctuary in 3 shapes. They are Sri Kamakshi, Sri Bilahasam and Sri Chakram. The Goddess Kamakshi is in a sitting stance in the sanctuary. This stance is known as the Padmasana stance. The Padmasana stance is said to look like a lotus. In the Yogic practice this looks like the type of reflection. The Goddess holds a Sugarcane bow to her left side upper arm and Lotus, Parrot in her right upper arm. The Goddess additionally has divine chakras called Pasa and Angusa in her arms. The Goddess likewise has a Chandraperai (a state of moon like structure) in her temple. The Goddess Kamakshi is arranged amidst sanctuary premises.

The Goddess Kamakshi wins as Shakti. There are 51 Shakti Peetas the nation over. The goddess living spot in Kanchi is called as “Nabisthana Ottiyana Peetam”. The Goddess is called as “Sri Kamakshi. The word is gotten from the legacy “Ka” implies Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Mama” implies Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), “Akshi” implies Eye. The name all in all alludes as the god lives in Kanchi with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes. The Lalitha Sahasranama ballad is an unmoving sample for the goddess power.

The sanctuary sanctorum comprises of a divinity “Adivaraha Perumal” which is one of the 108 Vaishnaivaite god love sanctuary.

One of them as per Kamkshivilasa is that the Goddess needed to retain the various shakthi structures to offer shelter to Manmatha (the Hindu divine force of richness and adoration). Another legend credits it to the Raja Rajeswari posture of the divinity that connotes a flat out control over the area under its control, leaving no different types of Shakthi.The Goddess additionally has a Chandraperai (a state of moon like structure) in her brow. The Goddess Kamakshi is arranged amidst sanctuary premises.

It is trusted that Kamakshi was initially an Ugra Swaroopini, and that Aadi Sankaracharya, after building up the Sri Chakra, embodied her as the Shanta Swaroopini (see additionally Akhilandeswari at Tiruvanaikkaval). It is trusted that amid the times of Adi Sankara, the vicinity of the Ugra Swaroopini was felt outside the sanctuary areas, and that Sankaracharya had asked for her not to leave the sanctuary complex. Typical of this, the celebration picture of Kamakshi, takes leave from Sankaracharya, at his place of worship in the inward prakaram, every time she is taken out in parade.

The Goddess Kamakshi is situated in a Padmasana stance (a yogic stance), which speaks to peace and success.It is said that the Goddess Kamakshi needed to ingest the various Shakti structures to give a shelter to Kama, the divine force of affection.Mother Kamatchi has exceptionally extraordinary eyes, as depicted in her name itself. “Kama” can be referred to as Love, wanton or appealing, attractive draw

The Hindu answer to the Triple Goddess, Lalita can symbolize numerous things. She is the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, the Light, the Dark and the Unknown and she is the wonderful (sundari) goddess of the three urban areas (tripura) which are sun, moon and fire. The noose is connection (moon). The urge is shock (sun). The sugarcane bow is the brain. The elegant bolts are the five sense impressions. At the point when awareness sees these, the outward coordinated bolts quit being dry sticks. These five fancy bolts together with the bow are embodied as six Krishnas.

Lalita implies She Who Plays. All creation, appearance and disintegration is thought to be a play of Devi or the goddess. Mahatripurasundari is her name as otherworldly magnificence of the three urban communities, a depiction of the goddess as vanquisher of the three urban communities of the devils, or as the triple city (Tripura), however truly a representation for a person.

Lalita Mahatripurasundari is the focal goddess to the Sri Vidya convention of the Hindu religion, likewise, the “School of Auspicious Wisdom”. The Sri Vidya is a branch of Sakta Tantrism which considers Lalita as the incomparable type of the Mahadevi. It is unmistakable in the South of India, and has numerous variations on its topic, yet none claim to be not quite the same as the others. Inside of the Sri Vidya custom, custom assumes a vital part (with a specific end goal to make intelligible the uncompleted world in which we live). In custom, the posting of names is frequently focal, as these names are the divinity's mantras (unpretentious types of the god).

The Tantrarajatantra states that Lalita accepted a male structure as Krishna, and 'by concealing all ladies captivated the entire world'. Each of the six structures is similar to first light, with six arms, holding woodwind, noose, drive, sugarcane bow, blossoms, and harsh milk.

Lalita has 15 chaperons, the Nitya Devis, and these are the times of the Waxing Moon. She lives in three naadi-s (nerve channels), in particular sushhumnaa, pingalaa, and idaa. She is the leader of the three Shaktis - ichchaa (will), jnana (learning) and kriyaa (activity). She infests all the three universes - paradise, earth and the underworld. She is the controller of all the three bodies - sthula (gross), suukshhma (unobtrusive), and kaarana (causal). She is the self which is available through the three conditions of presence - jaagrat (waking), svapna (dream), and sushhupti (profound rest). Despite the fact that she is most importantly gunas, She plagues the three methods of vitality sattva (virtue), rajas (versatility) and tamas (dormancy).

This is an immediate and hard-hitting depiction of the Goddess ruling the essential male divinities of the Hindu pantheon, a focal conviction of the Mahavidya philosophy. She is the friend in need of all, the Last Refuge. She is the image of sweetness, magnificence, and Softness. These qualities portray her of an unparalleled wonder.

“Shodashi” truly implies sixteen in Sanskrit. She is in this manner imagined as sweet young lady of sixteen. In human life sixteen years speak to the period of finished flawlessness after which decay sets in. Without a doubt sixteen days frame the finished lunar cycle from the new moon to the full moon. The full moon is the moon of sixteen days. This young lady of sixteen guidelines over all that is flawless, finished, excellent.

Different Deities

Alternate gods of this sanctuary are Lord Ardhanareeswarar, Lord Vinayaga, Goddess Soundaryalakshmi, Lord Kallar and Varaahi. The sanctuary sanctorum comprises of a god “Adivaraha Perumal” which is one of the 108 Vaishnaivaite god venerate sanctuary.

Legend And Stories


The history uncovers us that King Dasaratha performed “Putra Kameshi Yagam” in the sanctuary for the Birth of a tyke to his kingdom. The King performed pooja to the “Nabisthanam” of the goddess in the sanctuary. The King Dasaratha inside of a couple of months got a kid. The King Dasasratha has a place with the “Ekshuvagu Vamsam” where by the prime god is Goddess Kamakshi. The concentrate of this story is noticeable in “Markendeya Puranam”. The confidence is if begged really the goddess gives child to the childless couples.The King Dasasratha has a place with the “Ekshuvagu Vamsam” where by the prime divinity is Goddess Kamakshi.

The Saint Adisankara conceived at Kaladi in Kerala traversed every one of the parts of the nation. When he went to Kanchipuram he felt the goddess is in a savage mode that the whole sanctorum was extremely hot. So to exemplify her and perform to her to ordinary express the holy person sung tunes in the recognition of goddess named “Soundarya Lahari” then he set up a Sri Chakra before her object of worship to keep her cool and embodied. This srichakram is noticeable to every one of us and all the poojas are done to srichakram as well. The Saint built up Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and accomplished Sarvagyna peetam in this blessed city.

The Kamakshi Amman Temple was worked by the Pallava Kings to praise the Hindu religion. Subsequent to being implicit the seventh century A.D., the sanctuary was again remodeled amid the fourteenth by the Cholas.


The sanctuary was gone by an unwise enthusiast named “Mookan”.The devotee asked the goddess to free him from this idiocy with the goal that he can perform sonnets on the recognition of the goddess. The goddess all of a sudden gives him effortlessness by liberating him from stupidity and giving him savviness in making verse. He was exceptionally content with the goddess that he composed a verse named “Mookapanchashati” in which he applauds completely about the finesse of the goddess with her excellence.

In a perky state of mind, Mother Parvathi once secured the eyes of Lord Shiva that brought about the aggregate stop of the exercises of the world. Ruler reviled Her to be conceived on earth. She was encouraged to perform retribution in this spot – Mangadu and guaranteed Darshan and wed Her at a proper time. Mother embraced repentance taking after unbending standards remaining in the midst of flame.

As indicated by a legend, Devi Parvati, in one of her lively mind-sets, shut the eyes of Lord Shiva and dimness wrapped the entire universe. Shiva got furious with His consort and reviled a generally brilliant appearance of hers to turn dim, continue to the Earth and do retribution till He came and wedded her once more. In the interim, a sage by name Karthyayana was doing tapas in the Himalayas. Devi Parvati went to the wise as a little kid. The sage named her Karthyayani and was bringing Her up. At eight years old, she understood the mystery of her introduction to the world and continued to the Satyavrata Kshetra, the present Kanchi. The young lady dressed like a tapaswini conveyed alongside Her a Yoga Dhanda, Akshamaala, Kamandala, Ganga water and sand scooped from the heavenly stream and different things for her retribution. She halted over at Kashi, which was experiencing a time of starvation. She accepted the type of Annapurni and was doing Annadaana for a long time. She heard a heavenly voice to continue to Kancheepuram to proceed with the atonement. As Mother's atonement began at Mangadu, this is adored as Adhi Kamakshi Sthala. While directing god reveres the sanctum sanctorum in the sanctuaries, Artha Meru Sri Chakra involves the managing status in this sanctuary. The parade divinity is behind this Chakra. All abishek and alankaras are offered to the parade god Ambica. Mother Kamakshi left for Kancheepuram without drenching the Panchagni fire. This made Mangadu and the encompassing places excessively hot and dry. Acharya Sankara made the Sri Arthameru Sri Chakra with eight herbals and introduced it here restoring the richness of the spot once more, as per history.

At Kanchi as she started her atonement under a mango tree, every one of the things she conveyed changed into various heavenly structures. She arranged a Linga out of the Ganga sand and began doing tapas on Panchaagni (fire encompassing Her and the Sun above), remaining with one foot on a needle. It proceeded for a considerable length of time. Keeping in mind the end goal to test the force of Her tapas, the Lord sent Ganga as waterway Vegavathi, which overflowed the territory. The Devi clutched the Linga away from plain view to secure the Linga made of earth.Satisfied with Her retribution, the Lord gave Her darshan and guaranteed to wed Her on the Full Moon day of the month of Panguni (March-April). Brahma, Vishnu and the Devas landed for the celestial wedding of Lord Ekambareshwara (Shiva) and Devi Kamakshi. The spot where Kamakshi did repentance is known as Maangaadu (mango woods), a little sanctuary town 23 km from Chennai, where Tapas Kamakshi is adored. Since the Linga was made of sand, Kanchi is held hallowed as Prithvi (earth) Kshetra. The Prithvi Linga is revered as Lord Ekambareshwara. The incredible mango tree is revered on the Ekambareshwara sanctuary areas even today. The four branches of the tree are said to speak to the four Vedas. Kamakshi is cherished in the Kamakoti Peeta, which is the present Kamakshi sanctuary. An exceptional component about Kanchipuram Shiva sanctuaries is that there is no different sanctum for Shivas consort, who is Kamakshi Herself. After Her marriage, Devi Kamakshi is said to have performed all the 32 endorsed Dharmas in Kanchipuram.

Kamakshi Vilasam: Another legend talks about Devi Kamakshi’s appearance in Satyavrata Kshetra through Bilakasha (the passageway of a passage that had its starting point underneath the Peeta of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas). At the point when Lord Shiva was doing compensation, Manmatha pointed his bolts to upset the Lord, who in outrage swung him to slag. From the cinders an evil spirit by name Bandasura rose. He is the image of Kama and Krodha (Rajo guna). Devi Parvati, as Lalithambika, pursued a war and destroyed him. Once more, another asura called Bandakasura (Thamo guna) constrained the whole earth and Devaloka to dive into haziness and the Devas were put into a condition of idleness. The Devas raced to Kailas and spoke to Lord Shiva to spare them from Bandakasura. The Lord appointed them that Devi Kamakshi would recover them at the suitable time and requesting that they hold up at the passageway of Bilakasha. The Devas changed themselves into parrots and tended to the Champaka trees recounting Vedas, anticipating the Devis entry.

The Goddess showed up before them in Jyothi swaroopa (type of light) the consolidated shakti of Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvathi with the letters of Gayatri Mantra guarding Her with a divine light. Kamakshi Devi found out about the Devas situation and guaranteed to demolish the asura, holding up in Kailas. She took the type of Bhairavi, holding diverse weapons in her 18 hands, and began towards Mount Kailas. There She murdered the asura and broug The Goddess Mahalakshmi was given condemnation by the Lord Vishnu to incarnate as Aarupam structure.The Goddess Mahalakshmi comes to Kanchipuram and performs the worship droning for the sake of Lord Vishnu to free her from this Aarupam. After long supplications to God, the Goddess is liberated from her Aarupam and given a Rupam by the Lord Vishnu. There exists a conviction that Goddess kamakshi kumkum must be offered to the icon of Aarupa Lakshmi inside of the sanctorum where by the goddess Lakshmi will satisfy your requirements on the supplication to God.

Mangadu has an additional significance. At the point when Emperor Mahabali offered three feet of area to Lord Vamana the diminutive person, knowing the configuration of the Lord, planet Venus-Shukra mediated to prevent Mahabali from the promotion. He hindered the Jal Patra the water dish. Ruler Vamana utilized a darba grass to uproot the square and in this way made Venus blind in one eye. To get back his eyes, Shukra-Venus likewise performed retribution on Lord Shiva in this spot when Kamakshi additionally was on repentance. Master Shiva showed up before Shukra the enthusiast first and conceded his eye back. Need was to an aficionado. At the point when Lord Shiva resulted in these present circumstances spot to recognize the compensation of Mother, Lord Vishnu too came here with blessings to His sister the spouse. At the point when Lord Shiva and Mother Kamakshi left for Kancheepuram, Lord Vishnu too was to go with them. Yet, Maharshi Markandeya asked Perumal to stay in the spot. Obliging the Rishi, Perumal stayed here as Vaikunta Perumal with His disk and a ring in a finger demonstrating his accompanying presents for His Sister. He is adulated as Seer Perumal – Gift Perumal.


Every day comprises festivity at Kamakshi Amman Temple. The daily rituals include four worship services. However, the month of ‘Maasi’ offers an annual festival of the temple. On the 7th day of this month, processions are taken out in a silver chariot. Festivals like Navratri, Aadi, Aippasi Pooram, Sankara Jayanthi and Vasanta Utsavam in Vaikasi are also celebrated with full fervor. Like other temples of Tamil Nadu, the Fridays falling in the month of ‘Adi’ and ‘Thai’ are observed with grand ceremonies.The annual festival falls in Spring, in the Tamil month of Masi (mid-March to mid-April). During this time the chariot (Ther) and float festivals, (Theppam) are held. Navaratri, Aadi and Aippasi Pooram, Sankara Jayanthi and Vasanta Utsavam (festval) in the Tamil month of Vaikasi are important temple festivals. Normally Fridays are considered auspicious days.

Four worship services are offered each day. The annual festival falls in Spring, in the Tamil month of Masi, which runs from mid-March to mid-April. During this time the chariot festival (Ther) and lake festival, (Theppam) are held. Other festivals include Navaratri, Aadi and Aippasi Pooram, Sankara Jayanthi and Vasanta Utsavam in the Tamil month of Vaikasi. All Fridays are considered sacred, though the Fridays in the Tamil months of Adi (mid-July to mid-August) and Thai (mid-January to mid-February) are celebrated. Four worship services are offered every day. The Kanchi Kamakshi Temple annual festival falls in spring, in the Tamil month of Masi that runs from mid-March to mid-April. During now the chariot festival and lake festival, (Theppam) is held. Different festivals include Navaratri, Aadi, Aippasi Pooram and Sankara Jayanthi and Vasanta Utsavam in the Tamil month of Vaikasi. All Fridays are thought of sacred, although the Fridays in the Tamil months of Adi (mid-July to mid-August) and Thai (mid-January to mid-February) are celebrated.

Pooja Timings

Cow Pooja 5.30 AM ( Daily )
Abishekam 6.00 AM / 10.30 AM / 4.30 PM ( Daily )
Golden Chariot - Fridays / Tamil Month First Day / Full Moon Day / New Moon Day / Pooram Star Day
Sandal Alangaram Every Wednesday and Saturday 6.00 PM onwards
Palliarai Pooja 8.30 PM ( Daily )
Navavarna Pooja Full Moon Day 10 PM onwards

Rituals Of The Temples

The pooja method in this sanctuary is as per the following: Abhishekam which is done 3 times each day. Beginning in the Morning at 5:30 a.m. In the Afternoon - at 10:30 a.m and in the Evening at 4:30 a.m. There are unique darshan called Santhana Kappu (Sandal Darshan) which is on each Wednesday and Saturday night times. Sanctuary does Pournami Pooja/Navavarna Pooja (Full Moon day) which is held at Night 9:30 p.m. onwards consistently. Saharsranamam Archana (Daily) is done day by day in the Morning - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. furthermore, in the Evening - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ashtothram Archana is done in the Morning - 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. what's more, in the Evening - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thanga Ratham (Golden Chariot) is the chariot celebration done just on particular days. In the month of “Maasi” there is a yearly celebration of the sanctuary. On the seventh day of this current month there are parades which are taken out in a silver chariot. Celebrations like Navratri, Aadi, Aippasi Pooram, Sankara Jayanthi and Vasanta Utsavam in Vaikasi are been praised with full enthusiasm. Like different sanctuaries of Tamil Nadu, the Fridays here falling in the month of “Adi” and “Thai” are seen with fantastic services.

A Homa-Nava Kalasa Homa with nine metal pots-Kalasas is directed in the sanctuary on full moon days. Nine types of Shakti are exemplified in these Kalasas. Pushpanjali is offered to Sri Chakra. Niraimani Darshan is another occasion celebrated in the sanctuary on the Purattasi full moon day in September-October. Artha Mandap, Thapas Mandap and the front Mandap are enriched with desserts, organic products, vegetables and grains demonstrating all flourishing. Devotees trust that this Niraimani Darshan would convey all thriving to the crew. Three Mothers in the sanctuary favor and satisfy the aficionados in their day by day parade in a brilliant auto in nights every day. Brahmmi, one of the Saptha Mathas is the driver (Sarathi) of the auto. Nava Kannikas the nine virgins are around the auto rath. There is additionally a Kuthuvilakku lastingly smoldering in the Mahamandap. Left of this is the hallowed place of Mother Thapas Kamakshi.

Temple Timings

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays : 6:00 am - 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm.
Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays : 5:00 am - 10:00 pm (Without Break).
Abisheka Time

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday:  11:00 am - 12.45 pm.

offering and prasad


Consistently Annadhanam is being given to the devotees at 12.15pm. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays annadhanam accommodated 150 admirers and on different days 100 worshippers.


A six week worship is by and by in the sanctuary. Devotees pick any day in a week to start the worship with lime foods grown from the ground the same for six weeks around the same time of the week to understand their wish. Unmarried young ladies petition Mother with a yellow string in the conviction that they too will get a suitable match as Mother performed retribution here and got married to Lord in Kancheepuram. This petition to God applies to men too.

Those looking for child shelter go to Mother with a support so they would need to mastermind a support in their homes too for the kid favored by Mother Kamakshi. Numerous are encountering the products of the six week venerate. Individuals additionally petition God for advancements in employment and for alleviation from infections.

Much appreciated giving

Enthusiasts perform milk abishek to Artha Meru Chakra and offer vastras. They likewise take after the conventional abishek and archanas, organize sustaining and so on.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Kanchi Kamakshi Temple is during winter, from September to February.
Visit Duration

Around an hour.

Rare Facts

This is the holy place where Mother Kamakshi performed severe penance standing on one leg amidst fire before Her wedding with Lord Ekambareswarar in Kancheepuram. Sri Chakra occupies all importance in the temple.Abishek is offered to the panchaloka – an alloy of five metals - idol of Mother Kamakshi and archana to Sri Chakra.This temple has a history dating back to 63 years. Since then this temple is located in the New Perungalathur, Kamarajar highways.Kamatchi Amman sanithi exists in this temple for the past 25 years.One of the three most important Shakthi temples in India.One of the 51 Shakthi Peeths.The most famous temple of Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples.


Devotees throng this temple to get rid of Thirumana Dhosam, Puthira Dosham and to get success in their business.



The closest airport to Kanchipuram is the Chennai Airport. Chennai is well connected international airport.


Kanchipuram can be reached via Chengalpattu Railway Station on the Chengalpattu – Arakkonam railway line. Daily passenger train services are also available between Chennai and Kanchipuram.


Government operated or privately owned bus services and Guided tours are available from Chennai and Bangalore. For local transportation bicycles can be hired from the shops near the bus stand. Cycle Rickshaws and auto rickshaws are also available on hire to move in and around the city.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • To be blessed with children
  • For wealth and prosperity

Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe

Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.

Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe

Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.

Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe

Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.

Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays : 6:00 am - 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm.
Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays : 5:00 am - 10:00 pm (Without Break).

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