Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu

Thevaara Paadal Petra Shivasthalangal


Ekambareshwarar temple, Tirukachchi Ekambam (Kancheepuram)


Temple Information
Location of the templeLocated in Kancheepuram Town - about 2 Kms. from Kancheepuram bus stand.
Deity known asEkambaranathar, Ekambareswarar
Female deity known asKamatchi Amman
PathigamThirunavukarasar, Sambandar, Sundarar
How to reach Kancheepuram, located 80 kilometers away from Chennai, the capital city of Tamilnadu, is easily accessible by both train and road. It is well connected to Chennai and other parts of the state through a reliable railway network, with the Kanchipuram railway station serving as a crucial link. Additionally, the Chengalpet-Arakkonam railway line passes through Kanchipuram, further enhancing its connectivity.
Temple addressArulmighu Ekambareswarar Temple
Kancheepuram
Kancheepuram district
PIN 631502
Shakthi PeetamKamakshi (Kamakoti Peetam)

Kancheepuram, admired as "Nagareshu Kanchi" by the renowned poet Mahakavi Kalidasa, holds a significant position in history and literature. This city, adorned with numerous temples, is among the seven sacred cities believed to offer salvation. Kancheepuram is recognized and associated with the earth element, within the five sacred places associated with five elements of nature know as 'Pancha Bhoota'. Here, God Shiva is worshipped as Prithvi Lingam under the name Ekambareswarar. Because this lingam is originally crafted from sand, It is not anointed, while Abhishekams are conducted exclusively for the 'Avudayar' . The temple covers approximately 23 acres of land, with a Rajagopuram that stands at a height of around 190 feet and consists of 9 tiers. The Ayrangal Mandapam, (1000 pillared hall) situated in the fourth prahara, showcases numerous intricate sculptures. Within the temple, the Nilathunda Perumal Sannidhi can be found in the east corner of the first prahara, which is recognized as one of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desams.


Once in Kailash, Devi Parvathy in a playful moment closed God Shiva's eyes which caused the entire world to plunge in darkness. God Shiva opened his third eye to illuminate the world. Even though it was a playful act, God Shiva asked Goddess Parvathy to perform a penance towards Him as an atonement for the hardships caused to all living beings. Goddess Parvathy came to the revered location of Kancheepuram, crafted a Shiva Linga from sand beneath a mango tree along the river Kamba. In order to bring glory to the penance of Devi Parvathy, Shiva caused the river to flood. Parvathy embraced the Linga so that the sand Linga would not be swept away by the floods. As Shiva took Her emprace, the impression of Her Bangles and Her upper body were imprinted on the Sand Linga. This incident of Devi Parvathy's penance is described in detail in 'Thirukurippu Thondar Puranam' and 'Kanchee Puranam'. The deity also came to be known as 'Thazhuva Kuzhainda Nathar'


Shiva manifested beneath the mango tree, and married Parvathy at that very location. He presented her with two nazhis of paddy (nazhi is an ancient measuring tool - 1 nazhi weighs 200gms approximately) to Devi Parvathy and implored her to carry out the 32 virtuous deeds with it. According to ancient texts, Devi Parvati is said to have demonstrated these virtues while seated in Kama Kottam, known as Kamakshi. The sacred mango tree, where the divine union of Shiva and Parvathy took place, is regarded as an ideal location for prayer. It is believed that the Vedas symbolize the mango tree, with its four branches representing the four types of Vedas. Experts have estimated the age of this mango tree to exceed 3600 years. Additionally, it is possible to walk around this tree in a circular path. Moving ahead in the prahara, beyond the revered mango tree, you will find the Sahasra Linga accompanied by its grand 'Avudayar' . Adjacent to the right, there is a staircase leading to the Urchava shrine of 'Elavar Kuzhali Amman'. In Kancheepuram, there is a temple called 'Kumara kottam' which is dedicated to God Muruga. However, the verses in Skanda Purana, specifically 'kanchi mavadi vaigum sevvel potri', actually refer to the 'Mavadi Sevvel Sannidhi' located within the premises of this temple. This sannidhi is situated next to 'Elavar Kuzhali Amman Sannidhi'. The temple showcases the Urchava idols of Muruga along with his consorts Valli and Deivanai at the forefront, while their Primary Idols are placed at the back.


Iyadi Kadavargon Nayanar, Thirukuripupthonda Nayanar, and Sakya Nayanar, renowned for singing 'KShetra Venbha's, received blessings at this sacred location. Within this temple, there are Lingams revered by Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra, known as Vellakampam, Kalla Kampam, and Nalla Kampam respectively.

Among the 108 Vaishnava Divyadesas, 15 are situated in Kancheepuram, with Nilathuntap Perumal being one of them at the Ekambareswarar temple. Additionally, within the temple premises, there is a 'Thevara Vaippu Sthalam' known as Kachchi Mayanam located in front of Swami Sannidhi's Flag post.

There are no words to describe all the features of this temple, with its numerous shrines, sculptures, and mandapams. Explore each and every section of this temple, to admire its beauty and its sanctity.


Sundara Moorthy Nayanar married Sangili Naachiyar under a bakula tree at Tiruvotriyur with God Shiva as witness, vowing never to abandon her. However, he broke his promise and left Sangili Nachiyar, to go to Tiruvarur. Since he broke his promise, Sundarar lost sight in both eyes. Sundarar later regained sight in his left eye at Kancheepuram by singing the praises of Shiva in his patikam.

Tirukachchi Ekambam Temple Photos

Front view of the temple
Nandhi in outer prakaram
sculputered pillars
Maavadi shrine -a view
Maavadi shrine and temple tower
Mavadi entrance-Vinayaka and Muruga on either side
Dwara Palaka
Dwara Palaka