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Abodes of Shiva

239. Arulmigu Kamakshi sameda Ekambareshwarar Temple, Thirukachi Ekambaram

 

Mulavar   Thiruvegambar, Ekambaranadar, Ekambareshwarar
Ambal   Ealavarkuzhali,Kamakshi
Kshethram    
Direction    
Theertham   Sivagangai, Kambaa Nadi
Sthala Vruksham   Maa
Paadiyavar   Appar, Gyanasambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base   Kanchipuram
Nearest Railway Station   Kanchipuram
Continent   Thondai
Circle   Kanchipuram
District   Kanchipuram
State   Tamil Nadu

Location

It is around 77 kms from Chennai. There are plenty of buses from Chennai, Chengalpet, Arakonam & Vellore.

Architecture

It is one of the Largest temple in Kancheepuram. The Raja gopuram is of 9-tier and is supposed to have been built in 1509 A.D 

History

Ekambar means one mango tree. It is said that Kamakshi meditated upon Shiva Lingam of Earth under one mango tree and then married him here. According to Mythology, Kamakshi made a Lingam out of sand in the banks of River Kamba and worshiped him. The River Kamba is now stands near the 1000 pillar Mandapam as a pond. As Lord Shiva rose underneath a mango tree He is called as Ekambaranathar. There is a Somaskanda Panel in the sanctum and a Somaskanda shrine under the towering centuries old Mango tree. In Kanchi, the Ekambareswarar, Kamakshi & Kandakottam temples denote Somaskandar.
Nilaathungal Tunda Perumaal - Vishnu is worshipped in a small shrine in one of the corridors. The works of the Alwars refer to the Vishnu shrine here and it is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desams as well.

Festival